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School Board Approves Hiring In Special Session

By Staff | Jan 8, 2008

Emmetsburg School Board members approved the hiring of a new middle school wrestling coach in a brief special session Thursday morning, Jan. 3.

Emmetsburg Superintendent John Joynt informed the board that Luke Miller, an instructor in the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School District, had applied for the middle school coaching position, which was held last year by Adam Kenny.

“Luke is a 2001 graduate of Iowa State University and has taught in the Armstrong-Ringsted, Ankeny and Okoboji Community Schools, and is currently teaching vocal music at Ruthven-Ayrshire,” Joynt noted. “He holds his coaching certification and coaches middle school football at Ruthven-Ayrshire.”

In his letter of application, Miller noted, “Although I have never coached wrestling, I did wrestle, starting in third grade all the way through high school at Battle Creek-Ida Grove schools. I am a devoted wrestling fan and would love the opportunity to teach it to young men.”

Joynt also noted that Miller’s son is wrestling with the Little E’Hawk wrestling club in Emmetsburg, and that Miller would also be able to transport middle school athletes from Ruthven-Ayrshire to Emmetsburg for practices and participation in meets, under the sharing agreement for wrestling the two districts have in place.

“Athletic Director Jerry Strand is recommending Luke’s employment and I would support that also,” Joynt concluded.

On a motion by board member Steve Pelzer that was seconded by board member Don Hagen, Miller was approved for the coaching position on a 6-0 vote of the board members, with member Kent Egland absent and not voting.

Miller will assume his coaching duties immediately, as the middle school wrestling season begins Monday, Jan. 7.