By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
Jon Kyte, a 2000 graduate of Monticello High School, has been named head coach of the Panther varsity football team.
The Monticello School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Kyte at its regular meeting Monday, May 20.
Kyte, 31, served the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Dubuque football team, coaching the defensive line and special teams.
A former all-district player at Monticello, he went on to play two seasons at Wartburg College.
“I’m anxious to get things rolling,” Kyte said by phone after the meeting. “One goal of mine was to become a head football coach, and I’m very excited to take over at Monticello.”
Kyte said his goals include getting Monticello football to the post-season, being a district contender from year to year, and to “build the program up to be where it was in the Dean Nelson era.”
He added that he wants to get the community more involved, and plans to schedule a parent and community meeting to enable people to get to know him.
In other action, the board:
• approved the cement bid of Accent Construction for four cement projects that are scheduled for 2013: a bus barn fuel slab replacement, a new sidewalk on the southeast side of the high school, replacing the sidewalk on the northwest side of the high school, and replacing several slabs of sidewalk at the northwest corner of the middle school.
Accent’s winning bid was $19,190.00. Four bids were submitted.
• approved the addition of the financial literacy seminar at the high school for the 2013-14 school year and beyond. The six-to-10-hour curriculum is part of the Iowa Core curriculum.
• approved 2013-14 registration fees as follows: $50 for elementary students, $65 for middle school students and $80 for high school students. These represent increases of $3 for the high school and middle school, and $4 for the elementaries.
• approved 2013-14 lunch prices as $2.10 for the elementaries, $2.20 for middle school and high school (an increase of five cents), and adult lunch prices as $3.25 (an increase of 25 cents). Breakfast prices will remain the same.
• approved an employee lease agreement with St. Luke’s/Jones Regional Medical Center for a half-time certified licensed athletic trainer for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. This will be provided at no cost to the district again this year, but next year there will most likely be a fee.
• approved a resolution to amend and reinstate the MidAmerica Administrative and Retirement Solutions, Inc. Health Reimbursement Arrangement.
• approved the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing (IAEP) agreement for school food service.
• approved the student teaching agreement with Upper Iowa University for 2013-14.
• approved the resignations of Ron Newland as mentor, Carla Bindi as special education child specific associate at the middle school, Doug Ries as both middle school football coach and middle school girls basketball coach.
• appointed Brooke Stahlberg as freshman softball coach.
• tabled the appointment of webmaster, district help desk and building technology facilitators, pending further study of the salaries offered.
The board also held a special meeting on May 14 that contained one action item: approving a 28E agreement with the Central City Community School District to share a comptroller/board treasurer position.
The motion was approved.