The Fort Dodge Community School Board approved the hiring of a new Activities and Athletics Director for the high school. Superintendent Doug Van Zyl says about 20 applications were received for the position, which became open when current AD Tom Kinseth announced his retirement. The school board approved the hiring of Matt Elsbecker, Fort Dodge head varsity baseball coach, to fill the position. In addition to coaching, Elsbecker is currently a social studies teacher at the high school. Elsbecker will officially take over AD duties on July 1.