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Contract Offered Following Special Session Of School Board

By Staff | May 11, 2010

On a unanimous vote of the Emmetsburg Community School Board Friday morning, a contract was offered to an individual to fill a vacant high school science position and the position of varsity wrestling coach. Jared Pickett of Harlan was offered the positions following an application and interview process to fill the vacancies for the upcoming school year at Emmetsburg.

The science vacancy was created with the resignation this Spring of Mindy Ross, while the board accepted the resignation of varsity wrestling coach Marc Harwood at its’ regular April meeting back on April 19.

“It is the recommendation of administration that a contract be offered to Jared Pickett for the high school science and varsity wrestling positions for the upcoming school year,” Emmetsburg Superintendent John Joynt told the board Friday morning. Board member Linda Tienter was not present at the meeting.

“Jared is currently a science teacher and the assistant wrestling coach at the Harlan Community Schools,” Joynt continued. “His position was reduced at Harlan, so he is very excited about this opportunity.”

“From the looks of it, he had a phenomenal first year of teaching,” observed board member Tammy Naig.

“Yes he did,” agreed High School Principal Jay Jurrens. “He was part of Harlan’s Project Lead the Way, which was a pre-engineering based curriculum that featured lots of arts and science courses there.”

“That program had funding cut severely all over the state,” Joynt added.

Jurrens pointed out that there had been a total of 12 applicants for the science position, including an individual currently living in Bangkok, Thailand, who had local ties to the community, and an individual holding a Medical Doctorate degree. “Jared was our top pick for the science position out of those applicants. He is a Biology major, but has indicated he will pick up the physical science certification this summer so there should be no problem,” Jurrens added.

Joynt noted that there had also been four interviews for the head wrestling coaching position as well.

“Jared was our top pick for the wrestling coaching position,” agreed Athletic Director Joe Carter. “He wrestled at Morningside College in Sioux City and was a four-time National Tournament qualifier. He worked for a year as an assistant at Morningside before going to Harlan. We’re looking forward to having a young guy with a lot of energy here in the building to guide our program.”

 “When you have a person in the building, it’s so much easier to get the kids to come out for an activity and be involved,” observed Board member Laure Egland.

 We’ve never had as many science applicants for a position as we did for this position since I’ve been in the district,” Jurrens noted.

Jared Pickett is a native of David City, Neb., and attended Morningside College in Sioux City from 2004 through 2008. As a member of the Morningside wrestling program, Pickett is second on the Morningside all-time career victory list with 113 match victories during his collegiate career. He qualified four times for the NAIA National Tournament at 141 pounds. In his college career, he scored 30 reversals in the 2005-06 season; 97 takedowns in the 2007-08 season and is tied for career falls with 23, from 2004-08.

With a motion by Board member Kim Campbell and a second from Board member Steve Pelzer, a contract for the High School Science and Varsity Wrestling coaching position was offered to Jared Pickett for the 2010-2011 school year. The motion was approved unanimously, with Tienter absent and not voting.