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School Board Discusses Staff Contracts, Salaries

By Staff | May 28, 2009

A variety of topics–from the district’s wrestling program to staff salaries–were discussed by the Emmetsburg Community Schools Board of Education during their May 18, meeting at the high school/middle school library.

The status of the search for a head wrestling coach was briefly discussed.

“We have a qualified applicant for wrestling that just came in,” said Joynt. “We’ll set up an interview very soon.”

Joynt added that the district has held two meetings with the Graettinger-Terril athletic director and wrestling coach to discuss the possibility of sharing a wrestling program.

“Among other things, we talked about trends for small schools such as ourselves,” Joynt said. “We’re not the only ones with participation numbers and issues in schools our size. It all goes back to the opportunity.”

“It’s nice to know that the door is still open to get our own coach,” said Karla Anderson, board president. “We’ve listened to several people in the community, and we need to do what’s best for the kids that are involved in the program. There’s been a lot of discussion on this. It’s not just something that we’re jumping into.”

In other business, the board offered contacts to Christina Liessmann as fall drama director and Melissa Sumner as seventh grade volleyball coach. Liessmann is currently an adjunct faculty member at Iowa Lakes Community college and has an advanced degree in drama and theater. She intends on selecting “Just Another High School Play” for the high school fall drama, which will be the first play to open the new high school auditorium. Sumner will be the new special education/Title I reading teacher at the West Elementary and Emmetsburg Catholic School.

Resignations were accepted from Luke Miller as middle school wrestling coach, Molly Rodemeyer as seventh girls’ track and ninth girls basketball coach and Tom Hoover as boys’ golf coach (both contingent upon finding a suitable replacement), Alyssa Meyers as Early Childhood Special Education teacher, and Kari Mueller as elementary paraeducator.

In related business, the board members approved a 28E agreement to share a music teacher with Emmetsburg Catholic School for the 2009-2010 school year.

Support staff contracts were also approved with a 25 cents per hour wage increase for many. Support staff will also see an $327 increase in single health insurance for full-time employees. The cost of a single health insurance plan is now $6,242.

Approval was also given for pay increases for the administration. West Elementary Principal Matt Pugh saw a $1,000 increase in salary to $77,000; Middle School/High School Principal Jay Jurrens saw a $2,000 increase in salary to $76,000; and Superintendent John Joynt saw a $2,000 increase in salary to $99,000.

Superintendent John Joynt informed the board members that construction on the entire Middle School classroom/gymnasium and auditorium project should be completed by Aug. 1.

“We should be able to get into the auditorium right on the first day of school,” said Joynt. “We have play practice scheduled, and I’d like to have some meetings in there, too.”

Joynt shared that the proposal for a new oak stage in front of the curtain had been approved. The $7,600 upgrade will be paid for in thirds by the Vocal Boosters, Band Boosters, and the school district.