Duneland Schools designate snow makeup days

2014-02-03T20:49:00Z 2014-02-03T21:56:05Z Duneland Schools designate snow makeup daysHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 03, 2014 8:49 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | School will be in session for two days this month and another in April as makeup days for recent school cancellations due to snow and cold weather, Superintendent David Pruis told the Duneland School Corp. board.

“We find ourselves in a position where we have missed five days of school in the month of January and we applied for a waiver for two of those days through the Department of Education, which we have received,” Pruis said Monday.

He said school will be in session on Feb. 14 and 17 and April 25 to make up the three days missed.

Pruis also said the district submitted numbers for its second average daily attendance to the state and they are down 31 students since September, although 28 students graduated midterm from Chesterton High.

The number is used for the next six months as a state funding mechanism.

Assistant Superintendent Monte Moffett announced the retirement of nine teachers in Duneland Schools whose combined experience totals 241 years in Duneland and 267 total years.

Those teachers include Connie Hamilton, Debra Imhof, Martha Kearney, Stephen Kearney, MaryJo Keck, Linda Peele, Richard Piechnik, Claudia Trzeciak and Dianna Whitman.

The board agreed unanimously to amend an agreement between the school district and Damon Run Conservancy District to comply with a ruling from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

Board Secretary Ron Stone questioned Greg Lindy, director of support services, about the amended agreement. Stone noted that residents of Damon Run were promised their rates would get lower after Porter Hospital signed on but they have not. Lindy said the amended agreement will not affect rates for the school corporation.

In other business, board President Ralph Ayres said the Porter County Retired Teachers Association will host the third annual Legislative Forum and update for residents of Porter at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler High School.

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