Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

Goessel School Board updates insurance set up

The Goessel school board met on March 11 and listened to Caleb Good of Conrade Insurance, Newton. He reviewed the school’s insurance policy and briefly explained each item. He noted that the elementary school building is under-insured at $96 per square foot. He suggested raising the amount this year and then more in the future to align the insurance with […]

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Goessel City Council hears of flood plain mapping

The Goessel city council met on February 19 and heard from city clerk Jennifer Whitehead that the Kansas Department of Agriculture is doing a flood plain study of the Upper Cottonwood River Basin. She said most of that land is within Marion County. Therefore, the entire county will be remapped since the current maps are outdated, and out-dated technology was […]

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Goessel School Board Hears Speaker System Report

The Goessel school board met on Feb. 11 and heard a report from teacher/coach/athletic director Brian Lightner. He expressed appreciation for the new wireless sound system in the high school gym. Installation of that system took four days and is a huge improvement. Lightner said he is “really excited to have good quality sound at the stadium as well” and […]

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Goessel Council sets summer garage sale date

The Goessel city council met the evening of Jan. 14 and discussed the summer city-wide garage sale and determined that Saturday, June 15, will be the date. That will be followed the next Saturday, June 22, by a curbside trash pick-up day. City clerk Jennifer Whitehead had checked with Waste Connections, and June 22 is the only day they can […]

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Goessel School Board plans for inservice

The Goessel school board met Monday morning, Jan. 14, and heard of plans for school improvement day, scheduled for Jan. 21. Superintendent/elementary principal Dr. John Fast said that elementary school teachers would review reading curriculum and hope to make a recommendation for new reading materials for next school year. Teachers were planning to also work on details for Family Reading […]

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Goessel water rates to rise to comply with grant/loan for upgrade

The Goessel city council met on December 17 and discussed water rates. The rates have been too low and needed to be raised in order to comply with grant and loan requirements for a sewer project. The council had agreed at a previous meeting to raise rates in small increments rather than a single larger raise. Therefore, an ordinance was […]

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Goessel School Board hears of professional development plan

The Goessel school board met on December 10 and heard a report from Janna Duerksen, school counselor. She explained that the Professional Development Council is a group of licensed teacher representatives from the elementary school and the junior high/high school and administrators. Duerksen also explained that the Professional Development Plan includes the process for re-licensure. She said a teacher with […]

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Goessel Council to consider speed change on Main Street

The Goessel city council met on November 19 and discussed the speed limit on Main Street. Currently, the speed limit is 30 mph. Some people feel that is too fast, especially near the schools. Therefore, the suggestion was made to lower the speed limit to 20 mph. It was noted that drivers do not slow down near the schools, jeopardizing […]

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Goessel School Board Hears of Career Readiness Emphasis

The Goessel school board met on Nov. 12 and listened to a report by Steve Wyckoff of Education Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK). Wyckoff has talked with numerous school administrators and is going to many schools to share information and statistics specific to each school. He spoke about graduation rates and career readiness. Wyckoff also talked […]

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Goessel Council Approves Emergency Response Plan

The Goessel city council met on October 15 and approved the emergency response plan that was put together by Phillip Fishburn of Midwest Assistance Program. MAP works with small rural communities on matters of disaster management, in addition to numerous other issues. The central office is in Missouri, but Fishburn’s office is in Haven. An emergency response plan is required […]

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