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School Board Approves Applications For Early Retirement

By Staff | Feb 3, 2009

Members of the Emmetsburg Community Schools Board of Education officially received letters of resignation from three long-time teachers in the school district, effective at the end of the 2008-2009 school year, during their meeting on Jan. 19.

Superintendent John Joynt shared that he had received paperwork from Joan Barber, elementary physical education and talented and gifted instructor, Greg Sween, K-8 guidance counselor, and Sue Gress, Middle School special education teacher.

“They each filled out their paperwork requesting early retirement benefits and submitted them,” said Joynt. “The board could consider other applicants up until Mar. 1.”

“I believe all three of these individuals have been here for a long time,” said Board President Karla Anderson. “I think that’s a positive thing for our school system. These folks have stayed here and have been committed to our children, and I’d like to thank them for that.”

Joynt estimated that Greg Sween had been in the district between 20 and 22 years; Sue Gress had been in the district 32 years; and Joan Barber had been in the district 20 years.

“When would you start working on finding replacements for these people?” asked Anderson.

“Just about immediately,” said Joynt. “The administration will see what we could combine and move around. We look to see if we can reduce or fill anything, and if there are people here who would like to transfer. So, before we advertise we generally do some ‘in-house’ things first.”

“Are we legally obligated to advertise?” asked Dave VanOosbree. “Do we do a lot of business with papers like ‘The Des Moines Register’?”

“No, I don’t think there is legal requirement to advertise. We just try to do any in-house transfers first,” answered Joynt. “We do advertising with the papers, but we also utilize some online services that are becoming more and more popular. We’d like to eventually get away from the bigger papers.”

With no further discussion, the board members approved the applications for early retirement and extended the deadline for applications until Mar. 1.