Articles By: Cynthia Goerzen

USD 411 to seek LOB increase

In response to a bleak and confusing funding future for schools, the Goessel school board agreed at its March 9 meeting to call for a public election to increase local taxes designated for the local option budget. Superintendent John Fast explained the options under consideration in the Kansas Legislature. Even though some legislators claim schools will not lose money, the […]

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Goessel council says ?no? to local election changes

The Goessel City Council went on record at its Feb. 17 meeting as being against a proposal in the Kansas Legislature to move city council elections to the fall. According to that proposal, nonpartisan city and school elections would become partisan and would be held in even numbered years in conjunction with state and federal elections. Council members said such […]

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Goessel faces $20,638 cut this spring

The Goessel school board heard during its Feb. 9 meeting about more cuts in K-12 education being proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature. The board heard that $20,638 likely will have to be chopped out of the current school year?s budget. That would be in addition to cuts that have already been made. Superintendent John Fast said […]

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Goessel classes moving into newly completed facilities

The Goessel school board heard Superinten?dent John Fast report during its Jan. 12 meeting that classes will begin to move into new facilities this month. Fast said the agricultural education, science and FACS (family and consumer science) departments planned to begin moving equipment into their classrooms Jan. 19. However, students have to wait to use the classrooms until the fire […]

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Goessel Fire Dept. reorganizes after chief retires

Goessel?s public works director, Karen Dalke, told the city council at its Jan. 19 meeting that the city had been recognized at the recent firefighters banquet for allowing her to be a volunteer firefighter. Dalke said that appreciation had been expressed for other firefighters as well. Councilor Jim Wiens was recognized for 30 years of service as a firefighter, and […]

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City of Goessel receives holiday lights from Dexter

The Goessel City Council heard from Karen Dalke, public works director, at its Dec. 15 meeting that the town of Dexter had given its Christmas decorations to Goessel?at no cost to Goessel. Dalke said Dexter purchased new decorations this year and gave their old ones away. The decorations had been used for six years. Dalke expressed appreciation to the town […]

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Goessel board updated on building progress

The Goessel school board was updated about the construction project by Chad Henson during its Dec. 8 regular meeting. Board chair Dan Miller said it is exciting to think students might be in some of the new classrooms by January. ?We?ve got a tremendous facility,? added member Maynard Knepp. He said the project was daunting in the beginning, but the […]

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Commissioner commends Goessel residents for recycling

Marion County commissioner Randy Dallke came to the Nov. 17 Goessel City Council meeting to discuss a street project, but he first commended the city for its recycling efforts. Because ?we have to pay El Dorado to put (trash) in the ground,? Dallke expressed pleasure that the community supports recycling so well. Dallke said the county would like to double […]

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Goessel school board honors Janzen for 46 years of service

The Goessel school board honored Lois Janzen during its Nov. 10 meeting. Janzen is retiring after 46 years of driving a school bus for the district. The board presented Janzen with a plaque, with Superintendent John Fast noting that Janzen has driven about 700,000 miles. Her first bus was No. 7, and her last bus was No. 7. Diana Schmidt, […]

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Goessel council addresses dog waste

The Goessel City Council discussed the issue of dog litter on city sidewalks during its Oct. 20 meeting. Councilor Larry Lindeman said he had received four complaints of dog litter on city sidewalks in the past two weeks. Some people had stepped in it. The council encourages gog owners to carry a bag and a scoop with them to clean […]

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