The Goessel school board was updated on the district’s facility renovation project during its June 9 meeting.
Superintendent John Fast said the engineers and the architect had made a site visit the previous week and are putting details into blueprints. They will need the month of July to complete their work. They hope to release bids in August. Fast said he hopes renovation work will begin in early fall.
Fast said Unruh House Moving will move the high school maintenance shed to make room for the new wing. He said high school agriculture teacher Zana Manche is moving equipment in preparation for the change.
The board discussed a 10-cent increase in lunch prices in an effort to operate the lunch program “in the black.”
The elementary breakfast would cost $1.35 instead of $1.25 price and lunch would cost $2.15 instead of $2.05. At the junior high/high school, lunch would cost $2.35 instead of $2.25.
The new prices would be lower than the prices recommended by the Kansas Department of Education. The board will make a decision at next month’s meeting.
In other business, the board:
• noted that enrollment is scheduled for Aug. 7 and 8. The first day of sports practice will be Aug. 19 and the first day of school will be Aug. 22.
• accepted the resignation of Susan Saunders as high school math teacher. She also coached track and junior high volleyball.
“Mrs. Saunders worked hard for our students in the classroom and in her coaching, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors,” Fast said.
• voted to hire Alyssa Kroeker for the math position. She also will be junior high volleyball head coach. She grew up in Hesston and attended Tabor College, where she was named an Academic All-American in softball and volleyball. She has been teaching in Great Bend.
• voted to hire Scott Taylor a band director. He is from Lincoln, Neb., and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. He has been the band director at Inman the past 12 years.
• accepted the resignation of Louretta Wedel as bus driver.
“We appreciate Mrs. Wedel for driving bus in our district and her service to our students,” said Dan Miller, board president.
• approved a supplemental contract for Donna O’Neill as junior high Quiz Bowl head coach and Wes Schmidt-Tieszen as the high school Scholar’s Bowl head coach, with Gina Bergin as Scholar’s Bowl assistant coach.
• approved Bergin as the FCCLA sponsor and Zana Manche as the FFA sponsor.
• approved supplemental contracts for Chad Lindeman as Junior High Student Council sponsor and Bergin as high school Student Council sponsor.
• approved the following class sponsor supplemental contracts: Curtis Guhr, freshman; Donna O’Neill, sophomore; Brittany Hiebert, junior; and Wes Schmidt-Tieszen, senior.
• approved supplemental contracts for Tyler Schroeder as activities director and Ryan Hoopes for concessions.
• approved the following supplemental contracts for fall sports: Tyler Schroeder, high school cross country head coach; Garrett Hiebert, high school football head coach; Joe Biggs, high school football assistant coach; Ryan Hoopes, junior high football assistant coach; Chad Lindeman, junior high football assistant coach; Crystal Guhr, high school volleyball head coach; Zana Manche, high school volleyball assistant coach; Alyssa Kroeker, junior high volleyball head coach; and Allison Krehbiel, junior high volleyball assistant coach.
• approved the following supplemental contracts for basketball: Curtis Guhr, high school boys head coach; Chad Lindeman, high school boys assistant coach; Ryan Hoopes, high school girls head coach; Zana Manche, high school girls assistant coach; Garrett Hiebert, junior high boys head coach; Joe Biggs, junior high girls head coach; Brittany Hiebert, junior high girls assistant coach.
• approved junior high/high school supplemental contracts for assistant track coach positions to Curtis Guhr, Crysta Guhr, Ryan Hoopes and Garrett Hiebert.
• approved a supplemental contract for Chad Lindeman as high school golf head coach.
• approved a $10 athletic participation fee for high school football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track and golf.
• approved a $10 athletic participation fee for junior high football (seventh and eighth grades only), volleyball, basketball and track.
• approved a $10 participation fee for high school Scholar’s Bowl, forensics, play/musical and Model UN.
• approved a $10 participation fee for junior high Quiz Bowl.
• capped the participation fees at $50 per student or $100 per family. It was noted that some activities charge their own additional dues, which are not included in the fees set by the school board.
• heard about summer maintenance projects. The board room has been moved closer to the clerk’s office at the elementary school.
• heard that some carpet at the high school will need to be replaced because of age and wear.
• heard Scott Boden, junior high/high school principal, report that Tyler Schroeder, business teacher and activities director, is exploring options to increase revenue from activities.
• heard that options are being explored for increasing student attendance and involvement at activities.
• heard from Boden that the school’s technology system is transitioning to Windows 7 this summer. He said software would be installed to improve teacher management of computers in the classrooms.
• heard from Boden that a messaging system, Go.edu, will be added. It will allow for mass messages via text, e-mail and voice message. It will be helpful for school closings and other announcements.
• heard board member James Wiens report that the state is going to a two-year budget cycle, and the sales tax likely will drop slightly. Wiens said base state aid per pupil will be $3,838 for the next two years. The Legislature did not make a decision about “common core” standards.
• heard that Boden expects enrollment at the junior high/high school building to be slightly higher for the 2013-14 school year.
• heard that training for new board members will be June 22 in Hutchinson. Kyle Funk is a new board member for the Goessel district.
• approved membership in Schools for Quality Education.
• met in executive session to discuss personnel but had nothing to report to the public in open session.