The search for a new superintendent to lead the Emmetsburg Community School District will have a decidedly local approach, following action by the Emmetsburg School Board at a special meeting Friday morning, April 11. The board voted unanimously to retain Herzberg and Associates to conduct the search for outgoing Superintendent John Joynt, who will retire June 30.
"Scott Kibbie, Tammy Naig and myself met with Jeff Herzberg of Herzberg and Associates this past Wednesday morning," Board Member Rick Brennan reported to the group. "We talked about utilizing his services to help us in finding a replacement for Mr. Joynt. He does just one of these searches a year, and we all were very impressed with his focus on the needs of a smaller school district. That, with his knowledge of our district and our area, affirms our recommendation to utilize his services in our Superintendent search."
"Jeff is a very good person, he's very thorough," agreed Joynt. "You're all familiar with him through the Area Education Agency and know he is a very positive, solid person, very insightful."
"I would also like to involve both Marty Fonley from Algona and Terry Heiman at Spencer in this process, as they are both very interested in helping our district in this search," Brennan added.
With no further discussion, the board voted 5-0, with members Kim Campbell and Tammy Naig absent, to approve hiring Herzberg and Associates for the Superintendent search.
Herzberg has been the administrator of Prairie Lakes Education Agency in Pocahontas since 2010, Herzberg resides in Manson.
In other business at the special session, the board approved the hiring of two more faculty members.
"We are recommending the hiring of Steven Eskildsen for the Vo-Ag/FFA Advisor's position," High School Principal Fred Matlage told the board. "He is currently wrapping up his student teaching at Nashua-Plainfield and will graduate from Iowa State University in May. When he interviewed here, we had members of the FFA leadership team involved in the process and they gave him very high marks."
According to Matlage, Eskildsen, a native of Charlotte, IA, earned both the Iowa Degree and the American Farmer Degrees in FFA and was the recipient of numerous awards in agriculture in both high school and college.
"Pending your approval, he plans to search for housing here in Emmetsburg so that he can work with Mr. Nosbisch on summer Supervised Agricultural Experiences and the baseball and softball concessions," Matlage added. "The students who were involved in the interview process were very impressed of his vision for growth and taking our agriculture and FFA programs to the next level."
Matlage continued, "We would also recommend the hiring of Ellen Meerdink for the Spanish I, Eighth Grade Spanish elective and Middle School Technology Classes. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and graduated from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn."
According to Matlage, Meerdink has been substitute teaching this Spring, and has successfully passed praxis exams and has received her initial teaching licensure.
"She also has her coaching certification and has expressed interest in helping us out with some of our coaching positions, and we will involve Mr. Carter in that as well," Matlage added.
On a motion by Board member Kathy Roethler with a second from Board member Scott Kibbie, the two hiring recommendations received unanimous approval of the board.