The next leader at Emmetsburg High School will bring nine years of experience as an administrator to the institution when he begins his duties August 1. Michael Embrock was hired to fill the high school principal's vacancy during a special meeting of the Emmetsburg School Board on Tuesday morning.
Elementary Principal Joe Carter presented the recommendation of the Principal Interview committee to board members. "Mike Embrock is currently serving as the high school principal at the North Iowa Community Schools in Buffalo Center. He has been the principal at North Iowa for the past nine years and in education for 20 years."
According to Carter, Embrock, a native of South Dakota, taught Social Studies for 11 years before becoming an administrator.
"The interview committee started with 30 applications for this position, and we narrowed the original field down to 11 individuals, all with previous experience," Carter explained, noting that the committee narrowed that number down to four, with one person taking another job and one decided not to interview for the position.
"The interview group felt Mike's strengths were his ability to communicate, collaborate and build relationships and the energy and excitement that he has, it was overwhelming," Carter said. "The group really felt strongly about Mike and what he would bring to the high school."
"Did he give any indication why he's leaving North Iowa?" asked board member Tammy Naig.
"He talked about the professional opportunity that Emmetsburg provides, as well as the opportunities that the district and community provide," Carter answered.
Embrock and his wife have are parents of three children; a son who will be a senior at North Iowa this Fall, along with a son who will be a freshman and a daughter who will be a sixth grader.
With no objections, the board approved the hiring of Embrock as the new high school principal after a motion by Naig.
In other personnel matters, Assistant Principal Tracie Christensen advised the board that Kelly Josephson would assume the duties of High School Student Council Advisor. "We had a couple applications for the position and actually several students approached Kelly to see if she would be willing to take that over and she stepped forward to do that," Christensen said. "I think she'll do a great job with the kids."
The focus then shifted to the vacant Middle School English position. "Erin Siefken, who is our high school English teacher, put her application in and we interviewed her with a couple other candidates and she rose to the top there, so she will be moving to our seventh and eighth ELA position. She has a reading endorsement and she will do a great job there. She's very excited about the move," Christensen explained.
Superintendent John Joynt noted the move now creates a high school vacancy for an English instructor, and Christensen noted that interviews are scheduled for a couple of candidates for that position this week.
"Did we have more than one applicant this late?" asked Naig.
"Actually, we probably have 10 that came in yesterday after it was listed," Christensen replied. "And we had four that certainly rose to the top. We had applications from all over the place."
"I just thought that position would be really difficult to fill," Naig said.
Board President BJ Schany also presented an agreement with consultant Jeff Herzberg in the amount of $2,500 for his services in the search for a high school principal. The board approved the additional personnel manners on a unanimous vote.
In a final item, board member Kathy Roethler commented that a patron of the district said the West Elementary Building project was $1 million over its budget.
That's a timing deal," Joynt responded.
"I've heard that too," added board member Rick Brennan. "I think we need to discuss that. We need to clarify that we're not."
"I don't know where else that's coming from," Joynt said.
"That's coming from, because we moved some money to the first half," Schany said.
"We had to move some payments into this fiscal year instead of next year," Joynt agreed.
"No, the West Elementary project is on budget, we're not over," Brennan said.
"We've only had one change order on the project and that was for dirt work right at the beginning," Schany said.
"I think that's impressive, just the one minor change," Naig added, as the meeting adjourned.