Monday’s meeting of
the Duneland School Board was the last for Schools Superintendent Dave Pruis
who many of his colleagues feel has made a lasting impact during the 14
years he has been with the school corporation.
Towards the end of
the meeting, the board showed a 12-minute video with board members and
administrative staff sharing memories and humor and bidding fond farewells
to Pruis who will retire on June 30.
“We’re going to
miss you as a superintendent, but I’m going to miss you more as a mentor and
as a friend,” said Board President Kristin Kroeger. “Thanks for all the yuks
and we wish you well.”
Vice-President John Marshall said he’s going to “miss the jokes” between
himself and Pruis and hopes he is able to enjoy his time with family during
Ronald Stone and Brandon Kroft appear in the video expressing gratitude for
the unending commitment Pruis made to the corporation. “Thanks for all the
hard work for the schools we all love and I wish you the best for the
future,” Kroft said.
Superintendent of Operations and Human Relations Monte Moffett lamented over
not being able to have lunch every day with Pruis and invited him to come
visit anytime. Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Jim Goetz said he
appreciates all the conversations he and Pruis have had daily.
“The students of
Duneland are better because you were here,” Goetz said.
Bobbi Hall read Pruis a letter from former Schools Superintendent Dirk Baer
who had worked with Pruis at Oregon-Davis schools before either of them came
shared how they became friends as colleagues at Oregon-Davis and how they
were reunited at Duneland. Pruis became an assistant superintendent about
2003 after Baer succeeded Duneland Schools’ superintendent Stephen Hewlett.
Pruis was chosen by
the school board to take Baer’s place after he retired in 2013. The ten
years they worked together at Duneland were “tough” due to funding cuts,
Baer said, but he and Pruis fought “to keep people and programs together.”
“Dave, you’ve done
a great job for the children of Duneland. The bottom line of the 35 years
we’ve known each other is the kids. Along the way you have been a wonderful
colleague and an even greater friend,” Baer’s letter said.
Principal Christy Jarka wrote an acrostic poem to Pruis using the words
Passionate, Reliable, Understanding, Invaluable and Supportive.
someone I’ve respected and admired both professionally and personally,”
Jarka told Pruis. “Your contributions to my life will never be forgotten.”
said he is grateful for all the friendships he has made in his tenure at
Duneland and he will try to visit “as often as time allows.”
“We have a great
place. We have awesome students. We have a tremendously supportive
community. We’ve got one of the best school boards I’ve ever worked with.
The interest is there. The desire is there. The support is there, and there
is nobody up here that doesn’t want the best for our kids,” Pruis said.