Goessel principal boosts local booster club’s work

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA GOERZEN
Stuart Holmes, Goessel junior/ senior high school principal, praised the Goessel Booster Club at the Oct. 8 school board meeting.


He reported the club had raised $1,063.69 in 2000 and donated the money to help pay for a tripod, weights, volleyball state trip, high school football, drama/music, FFA and cheerleader expenses. So far in 2001, the club has donated money to help send the golf team to state as well as purchase a scoreboard ad, video camera, track board letters, high school basketball, auditorium lights and a trophy case.


Holmes expressed his congratulations to the Booster Club “for their efforts and particularly to Mike and Tammie Goerzen for all of their work in organizing it.”


New booster club memberships cost $25 per person-including a shirt-and renewals are $15 per person, $25 per couple or $50 per business.


Holmes also expressed appreciation for the parent-teacher organization that organizes fund-raisers and other activities at the grade school.


The board spent a considerable amount of time discussing drug searches. Following executive session, they approved the proposal for a drug-awareness assembly, followed by dog searches of lockers and vehicles.


Superintendent Chet Roberts reminded the board, “We have to remember it’s just a small percentage of kids who may be involved with drugs-very small.”


Affirming the searches, board member Richard Drake said, “We need to be proactive. We’re doing something to protect the kids.”


Board member Dan Miller agreed, “We have to keep it under control.”


A question was raised about searching lockers. Roberts responded that lockers are school property.


Holmes announced plans for a Red Ribbon Week presentation by Don and Bonnie Kaufman of Moundridge. Their daughter died as the result of a vehicle accident that was caused by a drunken driver. The presentation for junior high and high school students is scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the auditorium. Parents are invited to attend.


In other business:


— Both principals reported that parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Oct. 22. They praised parents for their participation in the past.


“That’s one reason our education here is so successful,” Holmes said.


— Holmes reported on the excellent ratings the high school band received at the state fair.


“We want to congratulate our band and Mr. Meisel,” he said. “We’re very proud of our kids.”


— Holmes said the tractor team had rated well at the state fair also. The environmental team placed high at a recent competition and qualified for state competition.


— The board reviewed football district proposals from the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Football coach Jay Goering prefers the scheduling flexibility of the three- or four-team district proposal for eight-man football. The state championship game would be held the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.


— The administration reported that a Mid-America Youth Basketball tournament is scheduled for Dec. 15 and 16 in Goessel. But Holmes said no games will be played Sunday morning. Roberts expressed concern about utility and custodian costs of hosting MAYB tournaments.


— Appreciation was expressed to Justin Coup for organizing the alumni recognition night at the Sept. 28 football game. Former football, volleyball and cross country teams were recognized.


— Elementary school principal John Fast reported that Arlen Goertzen and Larry Jay will be at the grade school for fire prevention day Oct. 12.


— Fast said as many as 18 students a day had been absent because of the flu but absences had since “slacked off.”


— According to Fast, the Oct. 15 in-service day will focus on strategies for reading and spelling.


— The board approved an electrical bid from Scott Landers for $29,970 for lighting in both educational buildings. The junior high gym was bid separately and was approved at a cost of $7,200. Roberts noted the lights will save energy and provide better lighting.


— Drake reported on the recent Marion County Special Education Cooperative meeting he had attended. He said the $3.9 million MCSEC budget had been approved. He said this amount is lower than the amount budgeted for the previous year but more than the actual amount used.


— Roberts briefly described his ideas for another charter school possibility that would focus on fine arts and foreign languages.


— Since the junior high activities budget is quite low, Holmes said concession proceeds from half of the junior high games will be used to increase that account.


— The board approved an FFA trip to Louisville, Ky., for a national conference.


— School board members agreed to eat lunch at the school the first Thursday of every month to stay in touch with students and teachers.

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