Superintendent, Dr. Ginger Bolinger, has notified the DSC of her intent to
retire due to health and family issues.
notice of her decision in a statement to the Board: “I am extremely grateful
to the Board, administrators, teachers, students and community members of
the Duneland School Corporation for allowing me the opportunity to serve as
“The past year and
a half have provided the opportunity for many positive things to occur for
students, due to team efforts of many individuals. I am proud to have been a
part of the growth initiatives that have taken place in our school
corporation,” Bolinger said.
family and health matters that deserve her attention as the reason for her
abrupt retirement. She said the Board, administrators, and teachers are in a
very good position to continue work on the district’s strategic plans and
move on forward key initiatives that are in place.
John Marshall praised Bolinger’s tenure as superintendent of the Duneland
School Corporation. “Dr. Bolinger provided leadership to evaluate many of
our programs and to further develop strategic plans for the district’s
future. We wish Dr. Bolinger very well in her retirement and the next
chapter of her life,” Marshall stated.
that no timeline has been set at this time for naming a new superintendent,
but the Board will consider this procedure in the coming days. Additionally,
the Board will consider the interim leadership structure and make
appropriate announcements of this soon.
Bolinger was hired
effective July 1, 2017 to succeed outgoing Superintendent Dr. David Pruis.
The Duneland School Board announced in May 2017 that it had picked Bolinger
from 36 candidates who applied for the position through search consultant
BWP & Associates.
Kristin Kroeger, who was Board President at the time of Bolinger’s hire,
told the Chesterton Tribune that the Board was confident it had found
“an incredibly thoughtful and innovative leader” in Bolinger.
At the time of her
hire, the Board dismissed concerns raised on social media about some of the
moves Bolinger had made in her previous position as Superintendent of
Madison Consolidated Schools in southern Indiana, saying they knew she had
made unpopular decisions in that position, and they remained confident she
was the best pick to lead Duneland.
Shortly after her
hire, Bolinger successfully and swiftly negotiated a new contract with the
Duneland Teacher’s Association in a marked improvement over the heated
negotiations surrounding the 2016 contract.
Per her contract,
Bolinger earned a base salary of $147,500. Duneland also agreed to make
annual contributions of $10,000 to her 401(a) account and $8,000 to her VEBA
account, in addition to providing her a car allowance of $750 a month.