We have had thirteen retirements this past year with seven teachers, one nurse, two food service workers, three custodians, and one central office secretary leaving the district , and we wish them all the very best in their retirement. Bill Maupin (Middle School assistant principal) and Michelle Earhart (Lincoln and Richardson principal) resigned from the district with Bill taking the Notre Dame High School principal position, and Michelle joining the AEA staff as a special education director. Also, two middle school teachers, Jason Martinez and Mike Wolterresigned to take administrative positions in other districts. Jason is the new middle school principal in Mt. Pleasant and Mike Wolterwill be the activities director at Mediapolis.
There will be several new faces in the administration ranks next year with the resignation of Bill Maupin, Michelle Earhart, and transportation director Steve Carle. Tracy VerBeke will be the new K-3 Principal of Lincoln and Richardson, and she comes to Fort Madison from Edward Stone Middle School in Burlington where she has been the assistant principal for the past two years. Emily Wilson will be the new assistant principal at the Middle School, and she comes to Fort Madison from Columbus Junction where she was the high school assistant principal. Nicole Baker will be our new district transportation director and comes to Fort Madison from West Carroll school district in Illinois where she has served as transportation director for two years. Finally, Michele Stewart retired this past year as the superintendent’s secretary after 33 years of years of service to the district. Debbie Augustine is the newest member of our central office team, bringing many years of secretarial experience to superintendent’s secretary position.
Our high school construction class taught by Clint Kobelt has gotten considerable recognition these past few months, as the district has partnered with SCC, Mohrfeld Electric, Habitat for Humanity, and Todd Schneider Enterprises to provide these young men with a variety of experiential opportunities in the “real world” work place that will serve them well if they choose to make the construction trades their career after graduation from high school. We wish to thank SCC’s Dr. Ash, Mike Mohrfeld, Tony Wolf with Habitat, and Todd Schneider for their willingness to “look outside the box” to embrace and support a partnership with this school district that will benefit all involved as well as the community at large. Partnerships such as this and the partnership that surfaced when the welding program at the high school needed community assistance are excellent examples of “building bridges that connect communities with their schools,” and I trust that there will be many more of these partnerships built in the future.
The school district and the City of Fort Madison developed another partnership this past year by sharing the cost of a School Resource Officer (SRO) who has become a familiar face in all of our buildings, as he and other officers on the police force worked to make our schools as safe as possible. Officer Brent Gibbs was interviewed and selected for the position by the police chief, then received extensive SRO training prior to the 2013-2014 school year and has attended several others trainings and conferences since starting in his position last September. Officer Gibbs did an outstanding job this past year as our SRO, and he has become an integral member of our district staff and we are looking forward to having him in our schools for many years to come. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact me via email or phone if you have questions or concerns about the district.