Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

Goessel School Board talks math, reading curriculum

The Goessel school board met on May 13 and listened to teacher presentations about reading and math curriculum. Ann Hiebert, second-grade teacher, Barb Goering, first-grade teacher, and Chrystiana Miller, Title I teacher, presented information about Wonders reading the curriculum for elementary school students. “This is not a quick decision,” Miller said. Elementary school teachers had looked at five different curriculum […]

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Goessel sign to be replaced after council decision

The Goessel city council met on April 15 and discussed the Goessel sign near K-15. The old sign served the city well for many years but has faded and nearly blew over in recent wind. The sign has now been removed, and the space is being prepared for a new sign. A business in Potwin, Kansas, called 2DOGS Concrete Designs, […]

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Goessel School Board Hears of Long-Time Secretary’s Retirement

The Goessel school board met on April 8 and accepted the resignation of long-time elementary school office manager/secretary Denise Nickel, who plans to retire in summer. She has worked for the school for 25 years. Superintendent/elementary school principal Dr. John Fast said her service to the school “has been marked by her dedication, hard work, and loyalty.” He mentioned her […]

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Goessel to get new sign

The Goessel city council met on March 18 and discussed the Goessel sign near K-15 that identifies the city. The council had already been discussing replacing that sign for several months and had considered various options. They had obtained pictures and prices. Council members have acknowledged that the current sign served the city well for many years. But it has […]

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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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