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Resignation, New Hire Approved In Special School Board Meeting

April 24, 2014
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

The resignation of a second administrator was accepted during a special meeting of the Emmetsburg Community School Board of Education Monday morning, April 21. The board also approved the hiring of a second vocal music instructor and filled a coaching vacancy during the same session.

Personnel matters were the only items on the agenda and Superintendent John Joynt led off by reading a letter of resignation submitted by High School/Middle School Principal Fred Matlage.

"I wish to notify you that I will resign my position as 5-12 Principal effective at the end of my current contract for the 2013-14 school year. I thank the community of Emmetsburg, staff, students and the board for three years of support." Matlage wrote in his letter.

There was no discussion from the board after the letter was read. Board member Rick Brennan moved to accept the resignation and following a second from Board member Kathy Roethler, the board voted 5-1 to accept the resignation, with Board Member Kim Campbell voting against the motion and Board Member Scott Kibbie absent and not voting.

"For the K-7 vocal music position, I recommend the hiring of Kevin Palu," Joynt said. "He is a native of Grand Island, Neb., and will graduate from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He is attending Nebraska on a music scholarship and is in the Honors Program and on the Deans' List."

Joynt noted that Palu is active in band, bell choir, the Modern Music Masters group at the university, as well as participating in musical productions and orchestra.

"He is the student director and President of the University of Nebraska Show Choir, the Big Red Singers, is the Assistant Director of Community Theater, and is working as a youth choir director at a church in Lincoln," Joynt added. "He is student teaching at Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln, working with the 9-12 Show Choirs."

"He is a pretty well-rounded individual," agreed Assistant Principal Tracie Christensen. "He's very excited to be coming to Emmetsburg and our vocal program."

"I know that Mr. Fog and Luke Miller have been talking back and forth with him, and they have figured out that Mr. Miller will direct the Varsity "High Voltage" group, with Mr. Palu to assist him, and then Mr. Palu will direct the junior varsity "Black and Gold" group, with Mr. Miller assisting him and then Mr. Miller will direct the 7-8 Show Choir," Joynt explained. "They needed to figure this out for the extra duties pay schedule in the contract."

"So will there be a musical this Fall?" asked Board Member Tammy Naig.

"Mr. Miller is aware of that and he has previous experience w

With musicals, so that all appears to be in order," Joynt replied.

Next, Athletic Director Joe Carter recommended naming Anna Fiene to fill the Ninth grade Volleyball coaching position to fill the vacancy created when Jessica Cedar resigned to move up to the varsity assistant coaching position. "Annie will do a good job in this position for us," Carter noted.

Naig moved to approve both hirings of Palu and Fiene and with a second from Campbell, the motion passed unanimously.

"What positions remain to be filled?" Board President BJ Schany asked.

"We still have High School and Middle School Special Education positions to fill," Joynt answered.

The board then agreed informally to have consultant Jeff Herzberg, who will be conducting the search for a new Superintendent, assist in the search for the Principal's vacancy.



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