Duneland parents --
don’t forget to give your child an extra dime for lunch each day next school
Schools Dave Pruis said that due in part to the Federal Healthy, Hungry-Free
Kids Act, Duneland will need to raise lunch prices by 10 cents in each
category for 2014-15.
The act requires
local school districts to gradually increase meal charges to provide support
to the National School Lunch Program which funds child nutrition and free
lunch programs for low income children.
The school board
approved during its meeting Monday a new schedule of lunch prices.
Elementary/Intermediate student lunches will be $2.35. CMS and CHS student
lunches will be $2.55 and adults will be charged $3.10.
This is the first
time in several years that lunch prices have increased, Pruis said.
however, will remain the same, he said.
Superintendent of Instruction Jim Goetz presented the proposed textbook
rental listings next for grades K-6, which the board approved.
This year will see
additions in the Language Arts texts for grades K-2 and 6. Costs will be
$9.19 for Kindergarten, $14.37 for 1st Grade, $9.46 for 2nd Grade and $15.29
for 6th Grade. By not having the Language Art texts, textbook fees Grades
3-5 shrank. Other textbook prices will stay the same.
Totals for textbook
rental and instruction fees for Kindergarten through 6th Grade are listed
with what they were last year in parentheses for comparison: Kindergarten --
$152 ($143), 1st Grade -- $184 ($170), 2nd Grade -- $153 ($144), 3rd Grade
-- $142 ($153), 4th Grade -- $129 ($140), 5th Grade -- $136 ($147) and 6th
Grade -- $154 ($143).
instructional fees for the middle school and high school will vary, Goetz
said, depending on the specific courses each student takes.
Higher access for
Also Monday, the
school board received a presentation from Liberty Twp. Elementary Principal
Christy Jarka who showed the advancements in the DSC’s High Ability Program
which includes all grades K-12.
Jarka said this
year the High Ability page on the DSC website was broadened after parents
began asking more questions about what the program entails.
“Parents want to
know about what’s taking place in High Ability,” said Jarka, who oversees
the program in grades K-4.
All students in
Kindergarten and 2nd grade are tested for eligibility into the program with
CogAT testing, or Cognitive Abilities Test measuring language/arts skills
and reasoning abilities.
about CogAT is now included on the High Ability page under the Programs and
Services tab on the Duneland website.
The site was
updated to make it easier for parents who want to make an appeal for the
school to reevaluate their child’s eligibility. Appeals will be handled on a
case by case basis, Jarka said.
started a blog for parents of High Ability students
Jarka also reported
percentages of Duneland students who have been involved in the High Ability
program this year.
For grades K-4,
15.5 percent of students are in language or math High Ability or both. For
grades 5-6, 22 percent are in the program. At CMS, 16 percent of 7th graders
and 17 percent of 8th graders are in the program.
At CHS, about 1,140
students are included in the High Ability program, Jarka said.
updated the board on Duneland’s involvement with the South Shore Leadership
Youth for Community Engagement (SLYCE) which he is advisor for.
A “sister” of
Leadership Northwest Indiana, SLYCE selects sophomores and juniors from
nearly 30 NWI schools with potential to sharpen their leadership skills over
the course of a year, Gardner said. Students devote an entire Friday each
month to learn about different community issues and stay connected as
leaders, skills that “youth today are somewhat missing,” he said. Gardner
said there were nine applicants from Duneland this year. Three were accepted
and two are in the program currently - juniors Natalie Petro and Kaylee
There are a total
of 56 NWI students in the program which has limited funding, making it
competitive to get into. Students are nominated by their schools or youth
Education Program awarded a grant of $800 for the Duneland students to
participate this year.
DSC board member
John Marshall mentioned he has an employee who went through the similar LNI
program, who possesses a strong sense of on-the-job professionalism.
CHS 2014-15 coaches
In the personnel
report, Assistant Superintendent Monte Moffett included a list of coaching
appointments at CHS for the upcoming year.
J.V. Football -
Andrew Prater and Rob Kania.
9th Grade Assist. - Gary Richardson.
and Diving Asst. - Andy Wheele.
Gymnastics Asst. -
Wrestling J.V. -
Wrestling 9th Grade
- Alex Boatright.
Boys CC Asst. - Tom
Girls CC Head Coach
- Brian Carden.
Boys Track Head
Coach - T.R. Harlan.
Boys Track Asst. -
Clint Brown, Chris Holth.
Girls Track Asst. -
Brian Carden, Jim Socha.
Boys Soccer Asst. -
Dr. William Biehl.
Boys Soccer J.V. -
Boys Tennis Head
Coach - Tom Bour.
Girls Tennis Head
Coach - Gretchen Shinn.
Girls Tennis Asst.
- Tom Bour.
Coach - T.R. Harlan.