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ELC seats new board

Condon elected president, Soper is VP

November 29, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central Board installed its three new members at the annual organizational meeting on Monday.

Tony Condon, Gordon Juhl, and Jeff Soper each took their oaths of office. Condon and Juhl have both previously served on the board.

Condon was elected president while Soper was elected vice president.

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Out-going members were Cathy Cornwall, Cory Hoyer, and Melissa Regelstad.

ELC Superintendent Tara Paul thanked those members for their time on the school board.

"We appreciate all they do," Paul said.

The new board also set the dates, times, and location for the school board meeting for the coming year.

Board members will try a change of venue next month, moving from the high school library to the little theater. Juhl was the first to make the suggestion, noting that it's difficult for the audience to hear the board members and administration within the confines of library.

The board set its next meeting as Monday, Dec. 16, which will also be the date of a public hearing for the transfer of school property to the City of Estherville for the new aquatics center. The city will pay for the transfer, including all legal fees.

In the school board spotlight, Jeff Herzberg, chief administrator for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, gave a report on the AEA's services to the schools.

Herzberg said that 80 percent of the work by the AEA involves special education.

Prairie Lakes AEA oversees 39 public school districts and a handful of private districts in one of the larger AEA areas in the state, but with the smallest enrollment.

The public enrollment is 29,962 with the non-public enrollment of 2,118.

One of the priority goals areas of Iowa AEAs is student wellbeing. The AEAS are committed to supporting schools in promoting healthy learning environments that address the social emotional, behavior, and mental health well being of students. Herzberg said much of that concerns mental health.

Herzberg said the AEA has a very good working relationship with ELC.

During administrative reports, both elementary principal Connie Humble and middle school principal Frank Christenson reported good attendance for this year's parent-teacher conferences-both above 90 percent

Meanwhile, ELC High School Principal Brad Leonard said attendance was 'up' to 25 percent for parent-teachers conferences at the high school.

Leonard said that's typical, as parents often have access to a student's progress throughout the year.

Christenson said one of his goals this year is to better promote the school through social media. He can be found on Facebook under "Principal Christenson" and on Instagram at 'elcmrc."

ELC Activities Director Shane Kalous reported participation numbers for winter sports-45 for high school boys basketball, 16 for girls basketball, 25 for high school wrestling, 17 for eighth grade basketball, and 18 for seventh grade basketball.



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