Goessel board honors students for top performances

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA GOERZEN
Goessel Elementary School Principal John Fast reminded the school board at their recent meeting that sixth-grade recognition is set for the last day of school, May 24.


Fast said the ceremony will follow an all-school awards program at 10 a.m. He said a field day of games and activities is planned for after lunch that day.


Eighth-grade graduation is set for Thursday evening, May 24, and high school graduation was scheduled for Saturday evening, May 19.


Stuart Holmes, junior/senior high school principal, commended the junior class and Don Dailey, class sponsor, for their work on the prom.


Holmes also commended the music department’s performance at the state solo and ensemble music festival, where they earned 84 gold medals for 18 I (superior) ratings and 11 IIs (excellent). Bud Meisel and Greg Bontrager are the teachers.


Holmes reported that both the junior high girls’ and the boys’ track teams finished third out of 13 schools at the league track meet. He said 40 out of 42 junior high students were part of the Goessel team, either as participants or managers.


He commended coaches Bruce Stucky and Jackie Jordan for their work.


Holmes also congratulated the golf team, coached by Troy Kemling, for winning the Heart of America League championship.


The forensics team won the third-place trophy at the state Class 1A championship tournament.


The agriculture team also placed high at recent events.


Holmes said the school district’s handbook had been discussed at the last in-service. He is working on revisions.


Fast reported that teachers had been honored during teacher appreciation week May 7-11. He said Citizens State Bank, Credit Union, PTO, and administrators-on behalf of the school board-provided food and gifts.


Fast also reported that 18 students had attended kindergarten round-up on May 4. He said this is a higher number than anticipated.


He said the April 20 PTO carnival was well attended, as was the K-3 musical program April 24. According to Fast, plans are for the entire grade school to go to Wichita to watch a performance in Century II. Boxtops collected by the PTO will pay for the trip.


In other business:


–?Superintendent Chet Roberts presented the option of having school district offices open four days a week during the summer for 10 hours a day to save energy. He had checked with area schools that have used the four-day summer work week and found that 10 to 15 percent in energy costs could be saved.


–?The board approved the following contracts: Megan Schmidt to teach third grade, Ruth Goertzen to teach family and consumer science, and Irvin Voth as Head Start driver. The board met in executive session to discuss supplemental contracts, as well as classified, certified and administrative salaries.


–?Fast said grade school teachers have been examining social studies textbooks and will present a proposal at the next school board meeting.


–?The board decided to purchase 32 computers.


–?Barb Banman, food supervisor, attended the meeting and expressed appreciation to the administration for the support shown to the cooks.


–?It was reported that a $25,000 start-up grant for the charter school has been approved.


–?The board approved the financial statements of $55,745.44.

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