After 15 years of service to the Emmetsburg Community School District, Jay Jurrens is moving on. The Emmetsburg School Board accepted letters of resignation from Jurrens, along with his wife Deb, with deepest regrets during a special meeting Wednesday morning, April 4. At the same meeting, the board approved the hiring of a new business manager for the school district.
Jay Jurrens first joined the Emmetsburg staff as a high school business instructor and moved up to become a guidance counselor before assuming the position of high school principal and Technology Coordinator. But, late last month, Jurrens accepted a position as Superintendent of the New Hampton Community School District, beginning that position on July 1 of this year.
“The Emmetsburg School District and community have been great places to work and raise a family during these last fifteen years, and I am truly grateful for all the opportunities that I have been given during my tenure with the district,” Jurrens noted. “I leave with nothing but good thoughts and memories of all the great people I have been fortunate enough to work with and all of the tasks we have accomplished. I truly appreciate all of the support given me by the Board of Education throughout the years. In addition, I want to thank Mr. Joynt for his guidance and assistance over the years. He has been instrumental in my personal growth. It truly has been a privilege and an honor to work with such great people.”
In her letter of resignation from the Talented and Gifted Coordinator’s position and eighth grade volleyball coach, Deb Jurrens noted, “I genuinely appreciate all of the support I have received during my years here at Emmetsburg. This is a great district with great staff members and students.”
“I hate to see Jay and Deb leave,” noted Board member Karla Anderson. “He’s been very positive and beneficial to the district. He’s leaving big shoes to fill.”
“You will be missed,” Board member Rick Brennan told Jurrens. “Good luck to you both.”
The board then discussed the hiring of Lisa Chapman of Ruthven as the new district Business Manager to replace Pat Swanson, who is retiring. Chapman currently serves in the same capacity of business manager with the Graettinger-Terril Community Schools.
“Right now, the only thing we have to work out is a start date,” noted Superintendent John Joynt. “Obviously, she would want to work with whomever is going to replacer her up there, so we have set up a daily rate of pay based on $38,000 a year, and then on January 1, it will go to $45,000 a year.”
The board moved to accept the resignations of Jay and Deb Jurrens with deepest regrets and gratitude for their service, and also approved the hiring of Lisa Chapman as the business manager for the district on a 6-0 vote, with Board member Tammy Naig absent and not voting.
The board also approved responding to an inquiry from the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community Schools regarding the possibility of sharing a superintendent. Joynt was instructed to respond that the Emmetsburg district would look forward to the prospects of whole grade sharing and consolidation as a goal of sharing.