The Duneland School
Board accepted a bid for the new flex lab planned at CHS at its meeting last
The ‘flex lab’ will
take the place of the auto shop, which will be reconfigured to house more
machines so students can practice a wider variety of manufacturing skills.
Larson-Danielson Construction will do the work for $148,154. Tria
Architecture designed the space with extra clearance around the machines for
an extra safety buffer and easy evacuation during fire drills.
At the Board’s Aug.
7 meeting, CHS Principal Brent Martinson said the flex lab will help prepare
students for a growing job market in the manufacturing industry and be an
integral part of the manufacturing pathway at CHS--one of several pathways
being put into place at Duneland to meet Indiana’s new graduation
requirements aimed at ensuring career and post-secondary readiness among
CHS Industrial Tech
teacher Tom Moodie told the Chesterton Tribune some machines have
already been donated for the space and thanked the donor, Stewart McMillian,
of Task Force Tips, Inc., who he said has been “instrumental” in developing
the manufacturing pathway.
McMillian has generously donated two 2OP Trak CNC mills and two CNC
Bridgeport ROMI lathes for the flex lab. Task Force Tips is a
Valparaiso-based manufacturer specializing in fire suppression equipment.
Moodie said Duneland Schools is very thankful to Task Force Tips and looks
forward to continuing the partnership.
The Board approved
Duneland Schools Superintendent Dr. Chip Pettit’s request to hire a third
athletic trainer at CHS. Pettit said CHS has two athletic trainers, but the
workload of providing training at CMS as well as CHS and an increase in
student participation in athletics necessitates the hiring of a third
The Board made the
following other personnel moves: Jacob Hibbard and Tara Sibbrell were
appointed custodians for CHS and Joy Ichiyam-Ramian was appointed eighth
grade girls assistant basketball coach at CMS.
Pettit took a
moment to thank Director of Support Services Greg Lindy, the Maintenance
department, and ACM Engineering and Environmental Services for their swift
work following a positive test for legionella bacteria in the hot water
system at CMS and the cooling tower on the roof at Westchester Intermediate
late Thursday night. The school closings came out of “an abundance of
caution,” according to Board President Brandon Kroft, and all needed
precautionary measures were put in place over the weekend.
The Board also
conducted a first reading on a round of policy updates. The changes amounted
to changing Indiana code citations, making corrections, and updating
standards from NEOLA, the company that provides templates for school
policies for Duneland and many schools in Indiana. There will be a second
reading at the next meeting.
The Board approved
a memorandum of understanding between Duneland Schools and Porter Regional
Hospital allowing for CHS to be used as an emergency facility in a
catastrophic event. The agreement has been in place for years, but was up
Members of the
Duneland Flyers were present at the meeting to thank Duneland Schools for
their partnership and present plaques to Yost Principal Josh Huwig, WIS
Principal Shawn Longacre, and Martinson.