A lot of cheers and
very few headaches were reported to the Chesterton Tribune this
morning by principals of Duneland Schools as classes began today for the
2017-18 school year.
Summer has been
heavy with road construction and paving, but Duneland Assistant
Superintendents Monte Moffett and Jim Goetz said they have not heard any
complaints from any of the nine buildings of students having trouble getting
“I was over at the
Middle School this morning and things are going good. It’s been busy, but
all school buses and parents are getting to school on time,” said Goetz.
Moffett said he
heard the Chesterton High School Principal Jeff Van Drie report that they
too have seen a successful start.
CMS Principal Mike
Megysei said there were “a lot of happy smiles” from the students with
friends reconnecting and finding their classrooms and lockers with the help
of teachers and administrators. The school hired ten new teachers and three
new classified staff for the new school year, Megysei added, and teachers
are enthusiastic to welcome over 1,000 students this morning.
Principal Kevin Zeck said things are “very smooth” at his school this
morning. This year, the school hosted a breakfast for new kindergarten
“We are doing a
superhero theme at the school this year and we are off to a super start,”
Intermediate Principal Shawn Longacre said there were no problems getting
“Due to the hard
work by our teachers and staff, we’ve had a nearly perfect first day,”
Principal Antonio Cammarata said the school was well-prepared this morning
to welcome students. Parents were able to drop off their kids in the east
parking lot and the buses made it on schedule.
“We had no
problems. There were lots of happy kids and we are off to a good start,”
Construction is no
hurdle in the south part of the school district, but Liberty Elementary
Principal Christy Jarka said she is “still knocking on wood” for a smooth
celebrate the last day of school but this year we are celebrate the first
day with bubbles as kids got to school. Everyone is glad to be back,” Jarka
The school year
started earlier this year at Duneland and all Porter County public school
districts so students can get done with the fall semester and exams by
winter break, Goetz said. The school calendar did not add any more days for
“We still have 180
days for students. We just shifted things,” he said.
Goetz said no
official numbers are available on whether school enrollment or attendance is
up or down this year, but he expects the numbers to be about equal to last