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Dates picked for meetings on 2018 Duneland Schools budget season

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The Duneland School Board is set to start its annual work of setting the school’s budget for next year with meetings now through October.

School board members chose dates during Monday’s board meeting based on their availability.

The board and the public will get a first look at the proposed 2018 budget on Wednesday, Aug. 9, which will also be a regular board meeting.

Tuesday, Sept. 19 is the tentative date for the advertised public hearing on the proposed budget.

Budget adoption is slated for the school board’s meeting on Monday, Oct. 9.

Personnel Report

In other business, the board welcomed the latest group of teachers hired for next fall.

Bailly Elementary Principal Kevin Zeck introduced Melissa Cergizan who will be teaching 4th grade. She has taught at Munster schools for the last ten years, he said.

Margaret Shinn will teach 2nd grade at Yost Elementary. Introduced by Yost's Principal Ann Stillman, Shinn is a graduate of Chesterton High School.

Chesterton High School Assistant Principal Brent Martinson said CHS hired two industrial technology teachers earlier Monday afternoon -- Douglas Pearson from Schererville who has 30 years of teaching experience and Charles Brennan, who taught most recently in Michigan City Schools but had been a teacher at CHS in the late 1990s.

Other teachers hired this month, according to the personnel report, include Catherine Lopez-Gonzalez who will teach Business at CHS. At CMS, Jodie Boy will teach English, Samuel Zucker will teach Science, Kyle Galloway will teach Social Studies and Maria Nuzzo will teach Math.

At CHS, Liz Coutroubis will assist with the Natural Helpers program, Melissa Henrichs will be a media center aide, Melissa Alaniz will be an assistant for the career center, Jennifer Smoker will be a guidance secretary and Michael Morrison will be a registrar. Catherine Lopez-Gonzalez and Susan O’Connell will split the role of business professionals advisor.

Karen Pearson will be a payroll clerk for Duneland Schools, Stacey Mauke will be a RtI aide at Jackson Elementary and Alex Allesee and Hannah Quinn will be custodians.

For summer grounds help, the corporation has hired Christine Bullock and custodians Irene Ramos, Thomas Cotner and Brian Babcock.

Resignations this month include CMS English teacher Brady Severs, Bailly 4th grade teacher Christopher Bell, CHS registrar Carrie Sorrells, Jackson Elementary RtI aide Leslie Cefali, bus drivers Candace Gerber and Jaclyn Hamlin, CMS English teacher Janice Nuzzo, CMS Family and Consumer Science teacher Kathryn Evans and CHS Science Olympiad coaches Jack Neuliep and Kim Stahura.

Retiring are CHS Industrial Technology teacher Lance Nolting and Brummitt Elementary administrative assistant Susan Vrska.

Business managers recognized

At the end of its meeting, the board surprised Duneland Chief Financial Office Lynn Kwilasz and Business Manager Mary Jo Brust with certificates for completing the required courses for the Indiana Association of School Business Professionals Voluntary Certification Program.

School Board President Kristin Kroeger said 92 hours of instruction is required to complete the program.

“The certification acknowledges the experience and knowledge they both have regarding school business management. Congratulations to you both,” Kroeger told Kwilasz and Brust who received applause.

Bolinger arrives

In her first board meeting as superintendent of Duneland Schools, Ginger Bolinger said she wanted to recognize all the staff and administrators at Duneland who have welcomed her and made her arrival easy for her.

“There have been some very helpful individuals. I welcome all the new teachers as they become part of the Duneland School Corporation. It’s just great to be here,” she said.

Bolinger takes the reins from Dave Pruis who retired on June 30.


Posted 7/17/2017





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