The Goessel school board voted during its March 19 to replace student lockers in the junior high school.
The meeting was one week later than usual due to spring break the previous week.
Scott Boden, junior/senior high school principal, presented bids for lockers in the junior high building. He said he had looked at “all kinds of lockers.”
Many options were available: just the front, the whole locker, some with insulated panels that reduce noise and some that would require assembly by school employees.
Boden said a representative of Emperor, a Wichita company, came to review the situation and recommended lockers with a full-length hinge, noise reduction doors and a powder coat finish.
Boden said Emperor was the only company that made an on-site visit to ensure an accurate quote with no hidden costs.
The board noted the current lockers are 77 years old; they are still the original lockers that were installed in 1935 when the building was built. The locker doors sag and do not close.
“The lockers are pretty bad,” board member Darla Meysing said.
Superintendent Dr. John Fast said, “I know we’re in tight times, but this is the one big project we’ll get done at the (junior) high school.”
The board approved replacing the old half-lockers for full lockers at a cost of $16,768, including installation.
Boden said the lockers will be the same size as the current lockers because of the space available.
Board clerk Patsy Schmidt said students will now get a whole locker; at the time the school was built, each student was only allowed a one-half locker.
Plans are to install the lockers in June to give custodians time to work on the floors after that installation project is done.
The board also approved the school calendar for 2012-13. The following dates were noted:
• enrollment Aug. 8-9, in-service Aug. 20-22, and the first day of school Aug. 23.
• no school on Labor Day, Sept. 3; teacher in-service/work day Friday, Oct. 12; or Friday, Oct. 26.
• Parent-teacher meetings Monday, Oct. 22, with no school in the afternoon.
• Thanksgiving vacation Nov. 21-23; Christmas vacation begins Dec. 21, with classes resuming Jan. 3.
• Monday, Jan. 21, will be a teacher in-service day with no classes.
• no school Monday, Feb. 18, or March 15 for a teacher in-service/work day.
• spring break, March 18-22.
• no school Good Friday, March 29.
• 2013 commencement will be May 11; the last day of school is May 16.
In other business, the board:
• welcomed Joni Smith, the clerk-in-training who is working with Patsy Schmidt, who plans to retire in fall.
• approved the resignation of Derrick Birdsell as junior high language arts teacher.
• approved the resignation of Frank Ashley, vo-tech van driver.
• acknowledged the efforts of high school science teacher Donna O’Neill in winning a $3,000 science lab prize from the Shell Science Lab Challenge.
• heard from Wiens that a number of board members and administrators had gone to Topeka to meet with legislators March 8.
Board chair Dan Miller said, “I think we were heard, as individuals and as a community.”
• heard Fast report that state assessment tests had been administered before spring break. He told the board that the “window for assessments” has been extended from April 20 to May 5.
• heard Boden report the windows in the oldest part of the junior/senior high school building are “very inefficient and very drafty.” Replacing the windows would cost about $50,000.
• heard Boden report the wireless network needs to be replaced to upgrade the wireless infrastructure for the support of technology. Boden said the upgrade would improve accessibility for student use.