Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

Goessel invited to join ‘Drive 4 UR School’ event

The USD 411-Goessel board of education heard at its Sept. 11 meeting an invitation from Hillsboro Ford to participate in the next “Drive 4 UR School” event scheduled for Satur­day, Sept. 23. Superintendent John Fast told the board Hills­boro Ford is planning the event as a fundraiser for schools in the area. According to information from Terry Hagen of Hills­boro […]

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Goessel council takes first steps toward sewer project

The Goessel City Council took steps at its Aug. 21 to move ahead with a much needed sewer project. Mayor Dave Schrag, City Clerk Jennifer Whitehead, and Public Works Director Karen Dalke had attended a Kansas Inter-agency Advi­sory Committee meeting in Topeka, along with Rose Mary Saunders of Ranson Financial Group and Brian Foster, an engineer with BG Consultants of […]

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Goessel district acquires Kinder House Preschool

by Cynthia Goerzen The Free Press The Goessel school board voted at its Aug. 14 meeting to acquire Kinder Haus Preschool. Kindergarten teacher Sheri Janzen, Title I teacher Chrystiana Voth, and preschool teacher Rachel Boden attended the August meeting to discuss the matter with the board. The issue was discussed at the June board meeting also. Kinder Haus Preschool has […]

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Goessel approves sewer project

Following a 90-minute discussion with city engineer Brian Foster, the Goessel City Council decided at its July 16 meeting to upgrade the city sewer system Foster, with BG Consul­tants of Manhattan, spent considerable time discussing the issue with the council; he also had been at the May meeting. Foster also attended a Kansas Inter-agency Advisory Committee meeting in Topeka, along […]

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Goessel school board reorganizes, sets student fees for 2017-18 year

The USD 411-Goessel school board accepted a donation from the Robert and Ina Mae Nason Memorial at its July 10 meeting. Their grandsons are Goessel graduates. John Fast, superintendent and K-5 principal, expressed appreciation for the donation. “We appreciate the opportunities this will provide to students who may need a little extra support in programs such as FFA, Elbiata, and […]

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Goessel board hears plan for preschool

The Goessel school board listened to a presentation by Sheri Janzen (kindergarten teacher), Chrystiana Miller (Title I teacher), and Rachel Boden (Kinder Haus preschool teacher) during its June 20 meeting. The three teachers had attended Kansas State Department of Education early learning “road show” training sessions in May, and they followed up with extensive research on the value of providing […]

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Goessel council hears presentation about sewer project options

The Goessel City Council discussed limits for fireworks at its June 19 meeting. The city will allow the discharge of fireworks on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, June 30 through July 3, until midnight and on Tuesday, July 4, until 11 p.m. The council granted a request from Goessel Men­no­nite Church to close a portion of the street in front […]

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Goessel considers sewer upgrades

The Goessel City Council spent an hour and a half discussing sewer upgrades with Brian Foster of Manhattan during its May 15 meeting. Foster, an engineer with BG Consultants and a principal owner of the business, talked about various types of grants and loans that are available for sewer projects and the various requirements, such as raising water and sewer […]

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Goessel board reflects on Miller’s tenure

The Goessel school board expressed sadness during its May 8 meeting at the sudden passing of board president Dan Miller April 23. John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, had issued a statement soon after Miller died. Fast said the board is saddened by the loss. “Our sympathy and prayers are extended to his wife and family,” he said. Miller […]

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Goessel council reviews water issues

The Goessel City Council discussed water issues and funding possibilities during its April 17 meeting. Rose Mary Saunders, a consultant with Ranson Financial, discussed options with the council. Saunders offered to help with grant writing, municipal bonds and other methods of funding. Saunders talked briefly about back-flow preventers and sewer linings. She also said if there are enough breaks in […]

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