Activities Director resigns

Minneota School Activities/Grounds Director Matt Myrvik Tuesday submitted his resignation to the board of education.

“I would like to thank the Minneota Public School District for the opportunity and privilege to work with and guide so many young athletes. I’m also grateful for the opportunity to work with such great coaches and people at the Minneota High School,” Myrvik said.

He indicated he resigned after a long and careful consideration.

He’s given no other explanation for his resignation and did not detail his plans for the future. Supt. Dan Deitte said there are four interested applicants for the position and interviews will be held this week.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a candidate by the May meeting,” said Supt. Deitte.

Myrvik took over the position when the school district made Athletic Director a full-time position, expanded the title to activities director because Myrvik also took on such activities as speech and he was charged with care of the grounds outside the school.

He indicated he would make himself available to work with a new candidate during an orientation period.

As Activities Director Matt Myrvik said, “We met with state high school league today. They are not going to do anything about the spring — there isn’t much they can do about it.”

“It’s just to get out and play as much as possible.” He added, “We met as a conference afterwards and re-adjusted the schedule,” said Activities Director Matt Myrvik.

“Our plan is to get as many golf meets in but we are at the hand of the golf courses. We’ll just do the best we can. Our goal is to get in as many adequate meets as we can.”

“Softball isn’t as bad because they play doubleheaders. But everything after next week will be tough. As for baseball, we’ve rescheduled and moved the games around as much as we possibly can.”

He added, “We are going to continue to work through it.”

According to Myrvik, “Everybody from the coaches to advisors have been very good working around what we have to work with. We don’t have a lot of space for what we’re working around,” he added.

“Track has had an outdoor meet that was mostly running events” he said. Otherwise, the spring sports season depends on Mother Nature.

IN OTHER action the board:

•Approved Melinda Stiklestad’s request for maternity/family leave beginning Sept. 10 to Oct. 22.

•Approved an agreement between Minneota Public Schools and Christy Opdahl to pay 100 recent tuition and 100 percent textbook costs toward her enrollment in the master’s degree program in English.

•Approved eight additional days for Andrea Knutson, school counselor. •Approved open enrollment of six kindergarten students for the 2018-2019 school year. They are from Marshall, RTR and Ivanhoe School Districts.

•Heard Principal Jeremy Frie say, “There are only 18 days left of school — so the kids are excited. Prom is next week and Post-Prom is here. We’ll have chaperones on hand. The last weeks have been a lot of re-scheduling and we’ve tried real hard to make sure we have a gym open this summer. We’re using every nook and cranny,” said Principal Jeremy Frie. “We will have a practice gym available for the summer.”

In another area, “When it comes to college classes at the high school,” Principal Frie says, “We’ve veered away from SMSU for one class at Mankato. We’re trying to get more college classes.”

•Heard Elementary Principal/Curriculm Director Jen Mahan-Deitte say the upcoming building project is, “huge” (for her staff) and she outlined how the staff is adjusting their schedules and rooms in an effort to help get the remodeling of the elementary school underway.

“All elementary teachers are using a workday on Monday and nobody complained. They are putting in the hours and they’re preparing for the summer ahead,” said Mahan-Deitte. “Our goal here is to move in when school starts,” said Supt. Dan Deitte. “It’s a little easier moving out early (now) so they can move in next fall,” he said. “Everything is pretty much on schedule,” said Deitte.

He added, “The day after graduation the crews will move in to begin work.”

•Heard Deitte report, “Good news on the health insurance front. We had a good year and will have a five percent decrease for next year. We have a negative five, zero and negative five percent decrease in the last year and that’s unheard of,” Deitte said.

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