"The opportunities for me to be a teacher, curriculum coordinator, Principal and Superintendent cannot be overstated and I cannot express in words how great the extent of my appreciation."
With those words, John Joynt submitted his application for early retirement and resignation as the Superintendent of the Emmetsburg Community School District Monday evening, March 31. The action came during a special meeting of the Emmetsburg School Board on the final day to file for early retirement benefits.
With all seven members in attendance, the board convened late Monday afternoon and entered a closed session under Chapter 21.5(1)(i), to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual's reputation and that individual requests a closed session, at the request of Joynt.
The closed session ended in less than 10 minutes.
"I am asking the board to accept my late Early Retirement request, and if they would do so, would then offer my resignation as Superintendent of the Emmetsburg Community School District, effective June 30, 2014," Joynt said.
"I would so move to accept the late-filed Early Retirement request, and to accept Mr. Joynt's resignation," Board member Rick Brennan said. Board Member Kim Campbell offered a second and Board President BJ Schany called for a vote on the motion.
With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the motion passed.
"I would certainly like to thank John for his years of dedication and service to the district," noted Schany, as the other board members spoke up in agreement.
The moved capped off a flurry of early retirements from the district's faculty this year, as Joynt joined long-term faculty members Christy White, Linda Welander, Dave Fog, Kelley Fog, Dave Ballman, Ted Riley, Rita Garrelts and Karen Brown in taking advantage of the early retirement program offered by the district.
"As a graduate of the district in 1976 and an employee of the district since 1983, I have an abundance of great memories," Joynt said in his resignation letter. "I have had great memories of students I had in a 17-year teaching career. I have contact with many of them that still live in the district and we often talk about the educational experience we had together. My school administrator experience started in 1997 and I have enjoyed working with students, teachers, parents, coaches and board members. I truly appreciate the effort given by so many to make this a great district."
In his career at Emmetsburg, Joynt not only served as a classroom teacher, but also as an assistant football coach with Hall of Fame Coach Duane Twait and as an assistant wrestling coach with Hall of Fame Coach Clint Young, and was named the Assistant Coach of the year in 1985. He also wrestled for Coach Bob Roethler and then returned to coach with Coach Roethler later in his career.
"In addition to the memories, I can appreciate the opportunities that this district has given me," Joynt said. "My high school education prepared me for college and life. My high school work made my days at Iowa Lakes Community College successful."
Joynt paused for a moment. "My work at EHS and ILCC helped make my days at Iowa State University successful. The opportunity of a job offer in 1983 was possibly my greatest opportunity. My family had the chance to move back to our hometown, Emmetsburg."
"I asked the school board to approve my late-filed, early retirement application, and there was certainly some drama surrounding the issue, with March 31 the last day to file for early retirement," Joynt noted. "The board was not required to approve my application, but they did so. "I have a lot of fond memories of good times here in Emmetsburg."
The school board will engage a professional search firm to conduct a search for candidates for the vacancy.