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Personnel Actions Approved During Special Board Meeting

By Staff | Jun 12, 2012

The Emmetsburg Community School District Board of Directors approved the hiring of a new high school business education instructor during a special meeting Thursday morning, June 7. The board also accepted a pair of resignations during their meeting in the Superintendent’s office.

After the resignation of Jill Schany as high school business education instructor in May to accept a position as instructor in the district’s Alternative High School program for the coming year, Assistant Principal Fred Matlage reported to the board that there had been 12 applicants for the business instructor’s vacancy. Of that number, four people were interviewed.

“After the interview process, I would recommend the hiring of Kelly Herrig for the high school business education position,” Superintendent John Joynt said. “Mr. Matlage will give us more details on that.”

“Kelly Herrig is a graduate of Buena Vista and has been the high school business education instructor at North Kossuth High School since 2002,” Matlage explained. “She’s taught web page design, computer business applications, advanced computer business applications, Business Skills One and Two, Business law, Accounting, and Digital photo editing.”

Matlage continued, “she’s also been the advisor of the Business Professionals of America, where, since 2002, she’s been taking students to state and national business competitions.”

Matlage noted that first-year teachers were considered for the position, along with other considerations including teaching experience, transcripts, and reference checks, State Board of Educational Examiners websites to check on licensure and letters of references for the applicants.

“We had four people on the interview committee and we did invite students but because of summer schedules, athletics and work commitments and babysitting, those kinds of things, we couldn’t get any. We’d looked specifically at students who had been taking business classes since they will be involved in that program,” Matlage added.

“Applicants at this stage of the year, have they already signed contracts elsewhere?” asked board member Tammy Naig.

“Mr. Matlage talked to the Superintendent at NSK and there is an agreement that she can get out,” Joynt answered. “She signed, and we said, “Well, are you out?” and the Superintendent said it wouldn’t be any problem.”

Board member Karla Anderson moved to approve the recommendation to hire Kelly Herrig for the high school business education position. A second was offered by Naig and approved on a unanimous 7-0 vote of the board.

The resignation of Matt Geelan from a fourth grade teaching position and the resignation of Renee Chism from her positions of Title I/Resource instructor for the district were both accepted unanimously following a motion by Naig, who commented, “I hate to see them both leave.”

The board also approved the hiring of Tony Henson as a part-time summer worker at West Elementary.

In another item of business, Activity Director Joe Carter informed the board that the Emmetsburg Booster Club was proposing to sell a Senior Citizens’ Activity Ticket in addition to their other adult activity ticket offerings.

“I think it’s a positive thing,” Carter said. “One of their missions is to bring people to our competitions and they’re working hard at that. This is another way to do that, a way to get more people in to support our kids and that’s a positive thing.”

“I think it’s a great idea, personally,” observed board member Rick Brennan. “The more we can do to embrace our seniors, if it’s one less hurdle to overcome for them to get to our events, let’s see how it blossoms.’

The board gave unanimous approval to the concept.