ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA GOERZEN
The Goessel school board spent a considerable time discussing financial expenditures at its July 11 meeting.
Elementary school gym floor, band instruments, gas-line replacement and utility costs received attention.
Discussion of a new bus and teacher computer work station updates will be postponed until a later time.
John Fast, superintendent/K-6 principal, showed samples of gym flooring to the school board.
“I’m going to really advocate for a gym floor,” he said. “It’s something that will be used every day of the school year, nearly every hour of the school day.”
Fast, custodian Londell Duerksen, and physical education teacher Brian Holloway had gone to Olathe, Topeka and Parkville, Mo., to look at gyms with different types of flooring.
Fast said that Parent-Teacher Organization president Darla Meysing and recreation commission chairman Dale Wiens had been invited also, but were unable to participate.
Fast showed a video of the flooring in the places they visited. He showed an example of interlocking flooring, stating that it has too much traction and is best for weight rooms. Some of the seams had come up.
Another floor had “dimples” that collected dirt easily. Even though the floor was only 21/2 years old and did not have much “traffic,” the seams were visible and it looked dirty.
The group looked at flooring in a Parkville recreation center gym. Fast said the flooring was three years old but looked brand new. The material looked like maple wood.
Fast showed samples of the flooring material. He said they talked with maintenance personnel, who reported being very satisfied with the material and had no complaints about it.
The impact is not as hard as the impact on a wood floor. Maintenance on this floor is minimal; it only needs to be washed; no waxing is required.
Although this flooring was more expensive, the board agreed that it was clearly the best choice for Goessel’s elementary gym floor.
Fast had talked to flooring representatives, who told him the crew would not be available until the first or second week of September.
Board member Mary Rosfeld asked how long installation would take. Fast said about a week. The whole floor would have a maple look, and a blue border would be installed around the edge.
Rosfeld asked about the current bleachers. Fast said they can still be used, although they will have to be removed during the installation process. He also said the quarter round trim has to be removed and will be reinstalled over the new flooring.
Board member Richard Drake asked about the warranty. Fast said it is prorated over 15 years, with a one-year warranty on workmanship and installation.
Fast said all the floors of this type have been installed in the Kansas City area.
“We’d be the first ones in this area,” he said.
Fast took the school board to view the elementary school’s current gym floor and continued the discussion in the gym. He showed where the blue border and black and white lines would be installed. He explained how the flooring would be installed to accommodate the volleyball standards.
Back in the board room, the board voted to purchase the gym flooring for a cost of $47,500.
Board chair Lynel Unrau expressed appreciation to the PTO and the recreation commission for their contribution to the floor project.
“It will be appreciated by the community and everyone who uses it at school,” he said.
The board also voted to spend $19,000 on band instruments that students can rent: four tubas, one concert tom (drum), two bass clarinets, one tenor saxophone, one baritone saxophone and 12 music stands.
Most of the new instruments should be here in time for the county fair parade. Fast pointed out that the music department had not purchased any new instruments for many years, and some of the instruments were beyond repair.
Fast had reviewed bids from four music businesses and said Mid-West Music in Salina had the best prices overall.
None of the companies would allow any trade-in on the school’s old instruments, so Fast said some of them might be sold at a school auction in September.
Board member Lynnette Duerksen asked, “Will there be more next year?”
Fast said there would be more: “I would like to come back and look at the next phase for those instruments.”
He said the the district only is purchasing the highest-priority items at this time.
In addition to the gym floor and band instruments, the board voted to finish replacing the gas line at the elementary school for a cost of more than $4,000. Graber’s of Newton will do the work.
Fast said the line will avoid the butterfly garden that first-grade teacher Barb Goering has established. Half of the gas line had been replaced during the previous school year.
Business administrator Chet Roberts reviewed utility costs from the 2004-05 fiscal year. He said $1,600 more had been budgeted for utilities, but in reality $9,400 more had been spent.
“I don’t think there’s anything we can do about it,” he said of rising utility costs. “Gas prices sky-rocketed.”
He said the school district spent $5,300 more on motor fuel in the last year.
“We’ll have to budget more for fuel for this year,” he said, and added, “We’ll have to watch transportation carefully.”
Roberts said the best utility news was regarding electricity.
“We actually spent less than last year,” he said, crediting conservation efforts, such as turning off electrical items when not in use.
On another matter, the board reelected Unrau as board president and Rosfeld as vice president. They also reelected Patsy Schmidt as board clerk and Denise Nickel as alternate clerk. Peggy Jay was reelected board treasurer.
John Klenda was appointed as a new attorney for the school district. He replaces Dave Shriver and will be paid on an as-needed basis; there will be no “retainer” fee as in the past.
In other business, the board:
— discussed a wellness program for staff. Fast said it will be a federal requirement for the 2006-07 school year. He had checked with other superintendents and found that some schools are checking nutrition, some encourage walking, and some are sending staff to Hesston or Newton wellness centers.
— heard that K-12 students can now self-administer asthma medication if they understand how to do it properly.
— heard Drake’s Marion County Special Education Cooperative report. He said that 11 classified staff had resigned, and all but one of those positions had been filled. He said six certified staff had also resigned.
The Co-op increased para and substitute pay and established three or four teacher assistant positions. The Co-op had spent $9,000 on more computers.
He said Goessel’s $132,000 assessment would remain the same.
— approved the $3,000 membership fee for Kansas Association of School Boards. Drake asked about KASB workers’ compensation, and Roberts responded that it had stabilized.