Holmes thanked for service at his final Goessel board meeting

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
Stuart Holmes attended his last Goessel school board meeting June 9 as Goessel’s junior/senior high school principal.

“I want to thank the board and Mr. Roberts for the opportunity to work with you in the Goessel school system,” he said. “Thanks for your support, and best wishes for the future as you continue to improve an excellent school system…. Goessel is a great school district.”

Superintendent Chet Roberts responded, “We’ll miss you. I really hate to see him go.”

Board member Mary Rosfeld thanked Holmes for his work.

“You said you were going to give us all you had until the end-you did,” she said. “We appreciate that.”

Holmes has accepted a teaching/coaching position at Hillsboro.

Upon the recommendation of Roberts, the board approved the purchase of the Scott Foresman reading curriculum for grades one to six for $14,915.65.

Elementary school principal John Fast said seven or eight reading curriculum publishers were available in the past, but now there were four for the grade school staff to review.

Fast said the staff felt the Scott Foresman curriculum for grades one to six met their expectations, while other publications were too easy.

The Scott Foresman series has CDs for computers, fits better with state assessments, and has many teacher suggestions.

Fast noted, “There are more activities than the teachers can possibly do.”

He said music CDs are included with suggestions for reading to rhythm. He noted that the first-grade teacher uses music to teach reading.

Fast mentioned the variety in the Scott Foresman series. He said cross-cultural stories are included, as well as excerpts from the classics. There are new and old stories, as well as stories from different time periods.

Responding to a question from Roberts, Fast said phonics curriculum is included for the younger grades in the Scott Foresman series.

Fast said the reading curriculum will cost $2,000 to $3,000 less than the last time reading curriculum was ordered. He said he was satisfied with the Scott Foresman service:

“They were working hard and treated us like we were a big school,” Fast said.

“Reading is the fundamental building block for everything else in our curriculum,” he added. “It is extremely important”

Fast said the teachers voted unanimously for the Scott Foresman series. Roberts recommended the board approve the purchase of the curriculum.

The board also approved the purchase of high school literature text books at a cost of $7,312.88.

Holmes said junior high books were not purchased on the last rotation because the teacher did not think it was necessary at the time. Therefore, they were replaced more recently, and new books are not needed now.

In other business:

The board accepted a gift of $74.31 for books from the class of 1948. Board members expressed appreciation for the gift.

The board accepted the resignation of Justin Coup as assistant activities director. Coup will retain his teaching and coaching duties.

The board accepted the resignation of Stacy King as cheerleading sponsor. She had been hired to fill the vacancy left by Wendy Goerzen’s resignation.

The board approved the purchase of a new file server for the 7-12 building at a cost of $3,806.13.

Roberts reported that an Internet-based consortium system will cost $15,000 for new equipment. He hoped to obtain used equipment.

“We’ll have to get a T-1 line,” he said. It will cost $12,000 a year, but maybe 50 percent can be e-rated.

The board approved the wrestling agreement with Hillsboro USD 410. Holmes said three students plan to participate in wrestling.

The board approved the purchase of new metal football light poles for $46,100.

“In order to do anything else out there, we have to do this first,” Roberts said.

Roberts reported that the fence around the football field is almost complete. The board approved $8,873 to finish the fence and put in gates.

Roberts said that track bids came in at $200,000. No details were discussed, and no decisions were made.

Holmes highlighted end-of-year activities. He commended junior and senior high school track students and said that three high school students qualified for state competition.

Holmes said eighth-grade students placed first in the league scholarship contest.

Holmes expressed appreciation to teachers/coaches Justin Coup, Chad Lindeman and Curtis Guhr for painting the weight room.

Board member Richard Drake, reporting on the Marion County Special Education Cooperative, said enrollment at the Oasis school will likely be lower next year.

Roberts said the Parents As Teachers assessment is $1,958 and goes to USD 410.

“I think it’s a good program,” he said. He said it is for anyone; it does not single out low-income families.

The board accepted Kansas Association of School Boards recommendations for changes in the coming year.

Roberts said the guidelines give more “home-rule authority to school boards.”

Sexual harassment and racial harassment are addressed in the KASB recommendations. Both are strictly forbidden.

KASB also provides recommendations for computer use policies, public information, and crowd control at activities. KASB guidelines state that athletic practice is banned during physical education class time. The guidelines also address confidentiality, safety and the procedure for reporting crimes.

The board approved paying the $300 fee for membership in the Schools for Quality Education organization. According to Roberts, SQE is working to keep Class 1A through Class 3A schools from consolidation. He said the fee is the same as it has been; it has not increased.

The board approved a contract with the Marion County Health Department based on contingency and mileage.

“We use the Marion County Health Department as our school nurse,” Roberts said. “They do all of our screenings.”

Fast said that as part of a class he is involved in, a Wichita State University field study will be done at Goessel. Eleven students and four professors will come for a year-long financial study. Fast will be assigned to a different study. Last year he was involved in a teacher evaluation study in Andover.

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