Hello and Good-byes.....
Hellos and Good-byes….
We have had many recent changes in personnel at the Iowa-Grant School District, especially in the IGEMS building.
You may have heard that Jodi Bast, former elementary teacher, is now the IGEMS Principal. Mrs. Tiffany Dums, the principal for the last two years, was offered a position in her home town of Wauzeka as the K-12 Principal. Due to her very active four young sons, she felt that she needed to be more available to her family. We were saddened by her decision to leave but completely understood the demands of being a parent and of not being available to her children as much as she needed to be due of her responsibilities here. She did an excellent job over the last two years and we will miss her.
The Board accepted her resignation at a special board meeting on Friday, August 14th and at the same meeting offered the position to Jodi Bast. Mrs. Bast has had her Principal license for many years and she felt that the time was right for her to make the move to an administrative role. We are thrilled that we had such a fine and competent person on staff who was ready to move into the position on such short notice. Mrs. Bast has been with the Iowa-Grant School District for sixteen years.
At a special board meeting on Tuesday, August 18th, the Board offered a teaching contract to Rebecca (Welsh) Vacca for the vacated third grade position. Mrs. Vacca lives in Livingston and is an IG graduate. At the same meeting, the Board accepted the resignation of Sharon Olson, Library-Media Specialist. Ms. Olson accepted a position as a full time Librarian at Cuba City Elementary-Middle School. Mrs. Debbie Miller will be the Instructional Librarian at IGEMS for 60% of the day and Kindergarten Literacy Support for 40% of the day. Again, we were lucky to have someone on staff who could step into this void.
Our other new staff include Michelle Tollefson as a special education teacher, Miss Katie Lenzendorf as a fifth grade teacher, Brittany Lynch as a fourth grade teacher, Brian Zwick as the 7-12 vocal music teacher, Rachel Schmidt as the elementary art teacher, and Marta Leix as a second grade teacher. Mrs. Leix was a part-time 4-year-old kindergarten teacher last year.
So, many changes in a very short period of time! However, the district is now fully staffed and ready to go. If you attend Back to School Night on Thursday, August 20, please give a warm welcome to those professionals new to the district and those assuming new positions within the district.
The fitness center is available for Iowa-Grant community members. To use the facility a membership must be purchased and the individual must be 18 or older. Memberships are on an annual basis (Sept. 1, 2014 through Sept. 1, 2015) and cost $20.00. All members must sign a waiver and pay the $20.00 before using the fitness center. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Lois Peart, email@example.com or call 943-6312 x 2031 and she will get back to you. Lois will be managing all memberships. If you don’t get a response to an e-mail within 48 hours please call as your e-mail may have been blocked.
Click here for the IGSD Fitness Room Use Waiver & Agreement.
We are happy to be providing this service to the residents of Iowa-Grant!!!