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School Board Prepares For 2010-2011 Year

By Staff | Aug 19, 2010

Back-To-School Time – Parents registered their students for classes, kicking off the 2010-2011 school year at Emmetsburg Public School, on Aug. 12 and 13. Above, Carmen Moser begins the registration process with the help of Joanne Garrelts. The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, Aug. 25. Kindergarten and Early Childhood Special Education/Readiness students begin school on Friday, Aug. 27. This will be the first year that the Emmetsburg Community School District offers a four-year old preschool; preschoolers begin their school year on Tuesday, Aug. 31. – Lori Hall photo

A full slate of items pertaining to the start of the 2010-2011 academic year at Emmetsburg Community Schools was the focus of the Board of Education at their Aug. 16, meeting.

The board approved Valerie Cruthchley as a volunteer cross-country coach for the coming year. Cruthchley will need to acquire her credentials and licensure prior to beginning her coaching duties.

“When she’s fully licensed, we’ll do a background check and make that work,” advised Superintendent John Joynt.

In matters related to students, the board gave approval allowing an Emmetsburg High School student to participate in tennis at Estherville Lincoln Central High School.

“So, the student will provide her own transportation?” asked Laure Egland, board member.

“Yes, they have to be dedicated,” Joynt replied.

Board members also approved two foreign exchange students—one from Austria and another from New Zealand—to participate as high school junior and senior students for one semester.

“The foreign exchange students will reside with the Rev. David Morris family while in Emmetsburg,” Principal Jay Jurrens shared with the board.

Board members approved a 28E Contract with Emmetsburg Catholic School to share teacher and coach Mike Brennan. Brennan will instruct two periods of physical education at Emmetsburg Middle School.

The board also approved a contract with Iowa Lakes Community College to provide instruction for dual credit American Literature and American Novel. Tom Hoover will teach the courses for the college.

“As we reduced our teaching staff, we still need to cover these classes and we had the idea of having Iowa Lakes provide that,” said Joynt. “The contract will cost $22,000, which I don’t see as an increase because we reduced half a teacher in the English Department. When Mr. Hoover left we really didn’t replace him. We had Erin Siefken go from half-time to three-quarter time, and Jill Schany is teaching freshmen English.”

“This will be here in our building?” asked Board President Karla Anderson.

“Yes, we’re planning on it,” Joynt answered.

In other business, official bank depositories were names for the coming year— Wells Fargo, Laurens State Bank, and Iowa Trust & Savings Bank—for amounts up to $2,000,000 at any one time in any of the three banks.

The board made appointments for the 2010-2011 school year, as well. Among the appointments are: Level I Investigator – Jennifer Klingbeil, alternate – Kate Shiek; Level II Investigator – County Attorney Peter Hart; Affirmative Action Coordinator – Superintendent John Joynt; Asbestos Coordinator – Roger Jespersen; Equity Coordinator – John Joynt; Board Secretary and Board Treasurer – Pat Swanson; and Board Legal Counsel – Rick Franck.