HCHS Today February 2019


You’d think that mid-winter would be a slow time, but, of course it hasn’t worked out that way. Last month an accidental fire in the Performing Arts Center smoldered and smoked until the sprinkler system came on to put it out, but we experienced considerable smoke and water damage that has to be cleaned up. Fortunately, there was no structural damage to the building, and no one was injured. Equally fortunate, our insurance policy has a $1,000 deductible, and the cleanup will be covered without having to dip into District reserves. Incidents like the fire are never a good thing, but it is good to know that the safety systems in the building work as they are designed to work. Plans are being made for the demolition of the old Rockton Grade School across the street from the District office on Union Street. The winning bid has been awarded, and, if the polar vortex ever lets up, the project will begin. It will be a continuation of the changes coming to the campus. Sometimes it’s easy to lose track of just how many changes have been made. I received an email from an alum who graduated in 1958 and re- turned for a reunion/tour in December for the first time since he graduated. He indicated that there had been a few changes since he attended when the total enrollment of the school was 400. He wanted to congratulate the District on creating a superior educational environment for all students in the District. There has been an interesting story going around regarding the etched glass panels with the chief logo on the north side of the field house. Rumors are being posted that the panels cost $1 million added to the project. Interesting story, but it’s just that, a story. I asked for a breakdown of the panels cost. The truth is that the cost of having the glass panels is just about identical towhat the cost would have been to continue the structure with the precast panels through that area. The glass panels were in the original concept drawings and were always part of the project. I don’t know where the million dollar story came from. The changes to the buildings, additions and deletions, are the more visible signs of what is happening at Hononegah, but it’s not our primary mission. The physical structures are important only because they support the educational atmosphere of the school. What goes on inside our buildings is how the true mission of Hononegah is achieved. Right now it’s easy to become distracted by the projects. They’re necessary, but only to provide the best place possible to educate our students. Hononegah always has been about excellence. Our students and our community deserve nothing less. Our regular Board meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the school library. If you are interested in being placed on the agenda to speak or would like to attend a committee meeting where most of our planning is done, please call the district office at 624-5010. You can always contact me at 389-1382 or e-mail me at dkurli@ hononegah.org .

Board of Education

District-Level Administration

Building-Level Administration

Michael Dugan

David Kurlinkus, President

Eric Flohr, Principal

Mary Lewis, Vice-President


Chad Dougherty, Executive Associate Principal

Sandy Fordell, Secretary

Kathleen Eckmann, Associate Principal

Kim Suedbeck, Ed.D.

Bob Geddeis

Assistant Superintendent

David Lombardo, Assistant Principal

Fred Hasse

Pamela M. Kibbons, Phd

Daniel Phelps, Assistant Principal

Diane LaForge

Director of Finance

Sarah Moore, Assistant Principal for Student Services

Scott Wallace

Steve Cofoid, Athletic/Activities Director


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