Superintendent of Schools David Pruis will retire after June 30 this year.
Pruis read aloud a
letter addressed to the school board at the end of its meeting Thursday
saying he will end his 13-and-a-half-year career at Duneland and is looking
forward to spending time with his grandchildren.
“During my tenure
here, I have truly enjoyed working with the board, our administrative team,
our professional faculty and staff and patrons of our school community on
behalf of our students,” Pruis said.
interest and support” of the educators at Duneland have been “very
commendable,” he said, thanking his colleagues. “I’ve been blessed and so
appreciative of the fact that I have been able to participate in many of
others in the Duneland community for all the school’s success, becoming
emotional at times reading his letter, and offered his best wishes to the
“wonderful and talented students, dedicated staff and administrators, the
school board and the community in addressing the day-to-day challenges in
A superintendent of
Hamilton Community Schools for four years and Union-North United School
Corporation for seven years before that, Pruis came to Duneland in 2003 as
assistant superintendent of operations and human relations under School
Superintendent Dirk Baer.
When Baer retired
in 2013, the school board promoted Pruis to take his place starting that
Pruis said he makes
his departure “with mixed emotions.”
“It’s January, not
June. We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’re going to have some fun, and
there will be some not so fun times, but the strength of this corporation is
all about people. And we’ve got some of the best there is, anywhere,” he
Kristin Kroeger thanked Pruis for “exemplary leadership.”
“We have done some
very difficult, new things under your tenure,” Kroeger said. She said Pruis
has passionately worked to the benefit of the Duneland Teachers Association
and the students.
Board member Mike
Trout said Pruis has served the schools well in all his roles. “He’ll be
hard to replace,” he said.
Board member John
Marshall said Pruis has always demonstrated quiet leadership and confidence
and he’s instilled that in others.
“If you truly know
(Pruis), you know he’s all about the kids and about public education. I
appreciate everything he’s done for the school system.”
Board member Ron
Stone said Pruis has continually stood up for the best interest of the
students and the teachers.
As a longtime
Chesterton resident, Board member Brandon Kroft said he’s known a lot of
superintendents in the district and is pleased to have worked with Pruis.
to lead board
served as the school board’s annual reorganization. On the motion of Stone
Kroeger was elected board president, Marshall vice-president and Kroft
Board members will
be compensated at $2,000 per year plus a per diem rate of $112 each regular
board meeting and $62 for special meetings. Those are the same rates as past
years. Board members are also offered the schools’ health plan.
Marshall will again
be the board’s legislative liaison and delegate for the Indiana School Board
Financial Officer Lynn Kwilasz will remain the corporation treasurer and
Business Administrator Mary Jo Brust will remain vice-treasurer. Both
positions are bonded for $100,000.
will keep Dr. Alex Molina of the Franciscan Physician Network as its
physician. Harris, Welsh and Lukmann will serve as the corporation’s legal
counsel for the 48th year in a row.
board members learned Thursday that interest rates are improving for the
The board recessed
its regular meeting to convene as the Duneland Schools Board of Finance.
Kwilasz presented a
list of the bank investments from 2016, with a total of $179,574 in earned
interest, a considerable leap from the previous year’s figure of $38,420,
and about $14,000 the year before that.
Part of the reason
for the improvement was the corporation was given freedom this year to
actively invest its funds, seeking bidders from throughout the area.
Accounts with Chase Bank were closed and Duneland began interest checking
with Centier Bank. Centier accounts brought in $58,009 and Lake City Bank
accounts accumulated over $100,000 with matured certificate of deposit
“It’s been a long
time since I’ve seen six figures,” commented Pruis.
In his comments
portion of the meeting, Pruis invited the public to attend the CHS Show
Choirs’ Winter Showcase this Saturday at 7 p.m. in the CHS auditorium.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, $8 for children 10
under and can be purchased at
The CHS Boys
Basketball program will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti fundraiser on
Friday, January 20, starting at 4:30 p.m. at CHS. Tickets are $5.
The CHS guidance
department will hold a junior student parent night on Thursday, Jan. 19, at
6 p.m., in the cafeteria to help students focus on senior year and beyond.
The CHS Music
Department will host a big band bash featuring music and dancing of the
1930s and 1940s at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, in the
commons area of the high school. Tickets are $12 or $10 each if four or more
commended the CHS Boys and Girls Basketball teams, the CHS Boys and Girls
Swim and Dive teams, and the CHS Boys Wrestling team on recent victories.