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St. Pat’s Association Seeks Funding From School Board

By Staff | May 1, 2008

A request for funding was heard by the Emmetsburg Community Schools Board of Education during their Apr. 21, meeting at the high school.

Lori Riley, a member of the St. Pat’s Association, came before the board to ask for some type of funding for having Miss Iowa speak to the students at the school.

“I’m in charge of the Miss Shamrock Pageant,” began Riley. “One of our guests at the pageant is Miss Iowa. This year, Miss Iowa wasn’t booked to appear at the school, but I visited with her and she was gracious enough to do it.”

Riley shared that the Emmetsburg School District issued Miss Iowa a check for her two appearances–one at the West Elementary and the other at the Middle School.

“Miss Iowa always has a double platform,” Riley explained. “She works with the school districts with character education and reading, and she promotes her own personal platform, as well. The kids who get to watch her and listen to her message come away with feelings of responsibility, hard work, and honesty, which are all part of the character education platform we teach at the schools.”

Riley noted that the St. Pat’s Association is comprised of volunteers who organize the events as part of the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Emmetsburg. According to Riley, St. Pat’s paid $425 in mileage expenses, a $150 appearance fee, and $109 for lodging for Miss Iowa’s appearance in Emmetsburg.

“What we are hoping is that you would be a partner with us to support the character education platform that she promotes and help us continue to bring her back,” said Riley. “We were wondering if you could help us with the mileage.”

“It’s an excellent program,” agreed West Elementary Principal Matt Pugh. “Anything we can do to help out that program is good.”

Pugh noted that compared to other speakers who visit the district, Miss Iowa’s fees are quite reasonable.

“Whenever you can partner with someone, it doesn’t get better than that,” said Don Hagen, board member.

After a brief discussion, the board approved paying Miss Iowa’s appearance fee plus half of her mileage.

In other business, the request to place a plaque in the high school library in honor of Miss Florence Underwood was again addressed. The issue had been tabled at the board’s March meeting. Superintendent John Joynt shared that Bob Nolan, who was spearheading the effort, had withdrew his request.

“He doesn’t want a plaque or anything?” questioned Dave VanOosbree, board member.

“No, he said to forget the whole thing. He didn’t elaborate at all,” Joynt answered.

Regarding resignations and contracts, contracts were offered to Aaron Barber for seventh grade boys track, Dean Newlon for volunteer girls golf coach, Kari Mueller for assistant varsity volleyball coach, and Mindy Dooley for ninth grade softball coach–contingent upon a background check.

In addition, a contract was offered to Andrea Accola-Sabin as high school math teacher and varsity volleyball coach–contingent upon a background check. Emily Behrens was offered the position of elementary special education teacher position–also contingent upon a background check.

Joan Barber rescinded her resignation for seventh grade volleyball, and Sue Strube rescinded her resignation from eighth grade girls track.