Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

Goessel budget reduces levy by 6.27 mills

The Goessel school board passed the 2014-15 budget during its Aug. 11 meeting that includes a reduction of more than 6 mills in the district levy. Superintendent John Fast said the tax rate for USD 411 patrons will drop from 59.89 to 53.62 mills. He said the drop is due partly to the Kansas Supreme Court ruling that poor valuation […]

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Goessel council amends loose-dogs ordinance

The Goessel City Council, during its July 21 meeting, addressed dogs ?running at-large? within the city. The council had received reports of dogs coming into town from the surrounding area. Resi?dents had sometimes felt threatened by the dogs. Some dogs have come into town numerous times. As a result, the council amended two sections of the city code pertaining to […]

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USD 411 patrons to see mill decrease

The Goessel school board discussed taxes with Dale Clark, a certified public accountant with Knudsen and Monroe, during its July 21 meeting. John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, reported the good news that there should be some tax relief for USD 411 patrons, even with the bond construction project. Fast and Clark said the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that […]

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Goessel council clarifies fireworks policy ahead of July 4 holiday

The Goessel City Council discussed fireworks within the city limits during its June 16 meeting With the Fourth of July approaching, the council decided to allow fireworks from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thurs?day, July 3; 8 a.m. to midnight Friday, July 4; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 5, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 6. […]

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Farewell set for Goessel city clerk

The Goessel City Council decided at its May 19 meeting to set Friday, June 20, as the date for a come-and-go farewell reception for City Clerk Anita Goertzen. The reception, marking her 24 years of service to the city, will be from 2-5 p.m. in the city building community room. Goertzen began working for Goessel in 1990 as the utility […]

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Goessel board hired four teachers

The Goessel school board hired four teachers at its May 12 meeting. Garrett Hi?ebert, Brian Lightner, Pat?rick Loganbill and Beth Ratzloff will be joining the faculty this fall. Hiebert had already been the head high school football coach, head junior high boys basketball coach and assistant track coach. He has also been a para at the elementary school. John Fast, […]

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Goertzen resigns as Goessel city clerk after 18 years

Anita Goertzen has resigned as Goessel city clerk effective June 30 after 18 years in that position. She and her husband will be moving away. The city council met in special session April 8 to discuss the resignation. The council authorized Goertzen to place ads in area newspapers for the full-time clerk position. The job description states the clerk needs […]

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Goessel school board hears of district?s technology plan

  Goessel Superintendent and K-5 Principal John Fast told the Goessel school board at its April 14 meeting that the deadline for renewing the school?s technology plan is in June. Fast and Scott Boden, grades 6-12 principal, outlined the technology currently available to students. Laptop computers are assigned to high school students. Boden said high school students who pay a […]

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Goessel confirms plan for document shredding day

The Goessel City Council solidified plans during its March 17 meeting to bring a shredding service to Goessel for several days. City Clerk Anita Goert?zen said residents can toss materials for shredding in locked containers that will be available in the city building from April 21 to April 24. Some residents had asked about having a shredding service available again, […]

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Goessel board hears about Food 4 Kids

The Goessel school board met heard a report from social worker Jane Wiens about Kansas Food Bank?s backpack food program during the board?s March 10 meeting. According to Wiens, who works in most of the schools in Marion County, the Food 4 Kids program was started in 2004. It is housed in the Cargill Cares building in Wichita, where 4,000 […]

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