Goessel school board lauds outgoing members

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA GOERZEN
The Goessel school board recognized Harding Duerksen and Wade Dickerson at the June 11 meeting for their years on the board.


Duerksen served 20 years and Dickerson served six. Both chose not to seek reelection. The remaining board members expressed appreciation for their work.


The board met in executive session to consider administrative recommendations for supplemental contracts.


Following the executive session, junior/senior high school principal Stuart Holmes announced that all teaching positions are filled for the coming school year.


Superintendent Chet Roberts said, “We’re probably one of the few schools that has all of them filled.”


Holmes reported that Jason Maxfield will be the junior high special education teacher, high school Scholar’s Bowl coach and sophomore class sponsor. Maxfield did his student teaching at Goessel in the fifth and sixth grades. He has also taught summer school at Goessel.


Tina Schmidt has been hired as junior high assistant volleyball coach and Sheri Janzen as assistant forensics coach.


Elementary principal John Fast reported that Tara Maltzperger had resigned as special-education teacher at the grade school, and Jodi Schmidt has been hired to replace her.


Roberts told the school board he is trying to improve the appearance of some of the older parts of the school. He led the board on a tour and pointed out the following items that are either new or improved:


–?junior high lockers have been painted;


–?painting is being done in the shop;


–?water wheel was recently purchased for $3,700;


–?high school football practice field will be ready for fall; a junior high football practice field is also needed;


–?the old mower will be sold or traded in when a new one is purchased.


Board member Dan Miller asked if there is a greater need for a mower than for a car. Roberts believes a mower needs to be a higher priority, considering the amount of time and money spent on repairs.


–?the head house.


Roberts said Don Dailey, Jay Goering, Norman Schmidt, Justin Schrag and his father, and some students had been working on the head house. He said their labor kept the cost down to $7,500.


The greenhouse will be east of the head house so plants can make use of the morning sun, which is the best for plants.


The board approved the Stuppy greenhouse bid of $17,874 for a 30-foot by 36-foot structure, with a construction bid of $9,875. Money for the charter school will pay for the plumbing, but not the building itself.


Elementary school teacher Dale Wiens attended the meeting to present social studies curriculum textbooks. Wiens said the teachers liked the McGraw-Hill books best because of the quality of maps, the treatment of different cultures and the assessments require more writing instead of just multiple choice questions.


It would cost $6,684.60 to provide textbooks and resource packets for each class, plus video cassettes. Wiens said the kindergarten teacher prefers to use “A Peaceable Place” curriculum, which is better suited for kindergarten students.


Holmes presented the junior high and high school social-studies books and said “textbooks are very expensive” at $50 each.


Wes Schmidt-Tieszen had recommended students have access to economics books even though Goessel does not teach an economics class. The board approved textbook purchases for a total of $19,147.


Board Vice President Mary Rosfeld commended the teachers on their work in reviewing textbooks.


Dickerson reported on the recent TLC (The Learning Consortium) meeting he had attended. He said in earlier years the TLC had a budget that assessed each district $100,000. However, now each district pays only $5,000 a year, which generates only $20,000.


He said each school now handles its own Internet use.


“I think we’re doing well,” Dickerson said. “We’re doing it for less money.” Dickerson said the studios have been rewired, and plans are to renew the charter after the first of the fiscal year.


Drake reported on the Marion County Special Education Co-op meeting he had attended. He said money assessments will be the same for next school year. But there is a possibility that the last payment for this year will not be necessary.


“The budget still remains a concern,” he said.


The board also discussed the use of the school buildings for non-school purposes. One concern was that too many lights were used for some basketball practices; the lights are expensive to operate. Members agreed all use must be supervised by an adult.


Holmes reviewed the following handbook changes with the board:


–?Students will be required to stay on school property during lunch time.


–?When students are suspended from school, they have the right to make up school work.


–?All unexcused absences will have to be made up.


–?Detention must be served the day it is assessed or the following day unless there is a school activity the student needs to attend.


–?The drug-free policy now states that a simple consequence may result in suspension or expulsion.


–?All students must be enrolled in a full slate of classes, but seniors who are not involved in an extra-curricular school activity may use the last hour as an unenrolled hour.


–?Students are still required to ride on school transportation to and from school activities.


Roberts reviewed Kansas Association of School Boards policy changes. He highlighted the new weapons policy, which adds electronic devises-such as stun guns-to the list of items that are not allowed.


Roberts highlighted several items from the financial statements: a disbursement to Joyful Noise from the CICA grant and a recreation commission disbursement, water wheel purchase, an energy audit payment of $7,200, a ScanJet printer, payment to Business Computer Center for support, and $22,000 for computers.


Rosfeld pointed out a $15.60 increase in insurance.


The board approved the statements in the amount of $78,101.75.


Board member Richard Drake told Roberts, “I applaud your efforts” on financial issues.

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