HCHS Today August 2019


After what seems like a very brief break, classes are a few weeks away from beginning again at Hononegah. The school has been scrubbed, another phase of roof repairs have been made. If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the newly refurbished (purple) tennis courts to the east of the field house. This is going to be a different year at Hononegah. This will be the second year for our new superintendent, Michael Dugan, the first year for our new principal, Chad Dougherty, and the first year for three new building administrators. Our assistant superintendent, Kim Suedbeck, who spearheaded many of the features incorpo- rated into the field house, decided to leave Hononegah. It’s going to be up to a new leadership team for Hononegah, but the goal will still be the same—providing the best possible education for our students. I know it’s probably someplace else in this newsletter, but I saw something involving our students recently that really symbolizes what our school is all about. The robotics team designed and constructed an electric vehicle for an elementary school student with cerebral palsy. There were photos of our students and sponsors with the young man using the vehicle. It was obvious from his expression that he was enjoying the product of their work. The robotics students were using skills and abilities to pursue their interest, but the project was more than a project because of the effect it had on someone’s life. Sometimes it’s difficult to transfer lessons from the school scenario to real life application. Sometimes those connections come in the future, but the lessons taught at Hononegah are ultimately aimed at preparing our students for their own futures. The robotics team got an accelerated example of the ultimate goal of education and the importance of contributing to the community. With the beginning of another school year, of course the activities involving our students will be kicking into high gear. Sports teams are ramping up practices, the band has begun preparing for football games, and clubs and organizations will be beginning to meet. If you’re a community member or a parent, relative or friend of a Hononegah student, come out to see our young people perform whether at a sporting event, a concert, or competition. One of the goals of our strategic plan is to increase student participation in activities. In order to encourage participation, we, as a community, need to show our students that we are interested and care about what they are doing. As I’ve said before, Hononegah is a great school, and it’s a true asset to the community. We all need to make sure that it fulfills its role of educating the next generation of our citizens. Our students deserve the best we can give them. 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

David Kurlinkus, President

Chad Dougherty, Principal

Michael Dugan

Mary Lewis, Vice-President


Kathleen Eckmann, Associate Principal

Sandy Fordell, Secretary

Nichole Erickson, Assistant Principal

Justin Krueger

Director of Finance

David Lombardo, Assistant Principal

Bob Geddeis

David Laben, Assistant Principal for Student Services

Fred Hasse

Nicole Nelson, Dean of Students

Diane LaForge

Scott Wallace

Steve Cofoid, Athletic/Activities Director


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