School Budget Approved Without Comment
The Emmetsburg Community School District will operate on a budget of $19,147,728 for the 2016-17 school year, following the adoption of the budget after a public hearing Wednesday, April 13. The tax asking for patrons of the district will be $12,11 per $1,000 of taxable valuation for the coming year, which is 76-cents per $1,000 less than for the current budget year.
No objections, written or oral, were presented during the budget hearing, which was part of the April meeting of the School Board. Along with the adoption of the budget, the board also acted on several personnel issues during the meeting, held in the Emmetsburg High School Library.
In personnel matters, the board approved the issuance of a contract to Dan Hewitt for the K-6 Art position for the coming school year, as well as a contract for assistant wrestling coach for the Middle School and High School wrestling programs.
A contract was also approved for Holly Prier, the newly-hired Instrumental Music instructor, to assist with the Summer Band program for the Summer of 2016. Prier’s hiring had been approved during the March board meeting.
A one-year contract for Head Girls Track coach was approved for Jared Pickett, to fill in for Valerie Pickett, who resigned the position for one year. Rounding out the contracts was the Head Girls Volleyball coaching position, which was approved for Jessica Bieber, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement from the position of Tim Rodemeyer in March.
The board also approved the resignations of Luke Miller from Seventh Grade Football, Jessica Bieber as Assistant Volleyball Coach and Jared Pickett as Eighth Grade Boys Track coaches, and accepted the resignation of Beth Carrigan as a para-educator.
The board also reviewed reports from the districts’ principals. West Elementary Principal Joe Carter noted that Pre-School signups and Kindergarten Open Houses had been conducted, with 45 students signing up for Kindergarten this coming school year, 11 more than the current year. Additionally, over 40 youth have signed up for the pre-school for next school year.
Middle School Principal Tracie Christensen noted that at the end of the third quarter, 80 percent of students in the Middle School had earned recognition on the District’s Honor Rolls. Christensen also noted that Middle School Science teacher Mrs. Hauswirth had applied for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Scale Up grant and had received the STEM Program Engineering for Elementary grant and will receive training over the summer to implement the program in the classroom for the coming year.
High School Principal Mike Embrock noted that the National Honor Society had conducted installation ceremonies April 4, adding a very large group of juniors as members to the EHS Chapter. Embrock also noted two groups of Mrs. Reichert’s Chemistry students had their radon videos selected as part of a statewide competition and that student Kristen Kassel has been selected to participate in a Secondary Student Training Program at the University of Iowa this coming summer. Accomplishments by speech student Shinaz Kendi for participation in the All State Speech Festival and the EHS Vocal Jazz Choir’s second place finish at the State Vocal Jazz competition were also highlighted.