Duneland School Board hears of performance, handbook

2014-05-05T23:00:00Z Duneland School Board hears of performance, handbookHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 05, 2014 11:00 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | Assistant Superintendent Jim Goetz reported during Monday night’s Duneland School Board meeting the annual performance report statistics showed 84.3 percent of Duneland students end up going to college.

Goetz also said attendance for the elementary and the intermediate schools is more than 96 percent, the middle school is 95 percent, and the high school is 94.6 percent.

“It is outstanding," Goetz said. "I would put a challenge out to our parents to get even better than that. Our students can’t learn if they’re not in school."

In other business, Superintendent David Pruis said there were several changes to the elementary handbooks.

Jackson Elementary School Principal Linda Rugg reported the changes.

“We are trying to discourage food items for birthday treats because of all of the allergies that children have and we want to be safe for all children," she said. "So we are looking to move toward non-food options and looking to reword that part of the handbook.”

There were other changes as well.

“Under hair dress, we added that inappropriate hair dye may be disruptive," she said. 

The attendance officer will get notified with any students who miss more than five days in a semester; and the officer "may be involved" if a student misses more than 10 days. 

She said they are still determining how to obtain a copy of the handbook for online registration, and School Board Vice President Kristin Kroeger suggested a .pdf format and board member John Marshall said that issues may arise if parents claim they did not receive a copy.

Assistant Superintendent Monte Moffett said a choice was made to not put the handbook online in order to facilitate parents physically coming into the schools to meet with administrators, but he said it can be done electronically if it is determined that administrators wish to institute that policy.

Chesterton High School Principal Jeff Van Drie discussed the Breathalyzer policy which has been added into the handbook and was piloted over the past year which he says has been successful.

Josh Huwig, Chesterton High School assistant principal, said that they have revised a section on identification for visitors, added a section on social media concerning extracurricular activities, a section on performance-enhancing drugs, an addition to the detention policy, and a section on bullying according to Indiana code.

Board President Ralph Ayres confirmed a section of the student handbook is still used as a hall pass for high school students and the board approved all handbooks pending the inclusion of a section on social media in the middle school handbook.

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