Goessel school board recognizes KASB honorees

The Goessel school board recognized three people at its Feb. 10 meeting for certificates they received from the Kansas Association of School Boards.

John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, received a certificate for his work with the KASB and a certificate for the school district newsletter.

Denise Nickel, elementary school secretary, received a certificate for her work with the elementary school newsletter.

Board member James Wiens received a ?KASB Boardsmanship Honor Roll? certificate for his school board work.

Wiens said KASB is encouraging board members and anyone in the community to contact legislators and tell them how good their community is.

Wiens said he had talked with Duane Goossen, a Goessel native who served as the state budget director for several years, at a recent legislative event.

?He?s always good to visit with,? Wiens said. Goossen sent his well-wishes to the Goessel community.

Board chair Dan Miller thanked Wiens for his effort to keep the board informed about legislative issues.

Building project

The board spent a considerable time discussing the construction/remodeling project and eventually approved project contracts totaling $2.197 million.

Seth Martin of Loyd Builders presented the bids for various aspects of the project, including demolition, concrete, steel, carpentry, waterproofing, roofing, doors, entrances, gypsum board, flooring, painting, plumbing, fire protection, metal lockers, blinds, mechanical, electrical and earth work.

Many of the bidders were from local or surrounding communities; it had been a goal of the board to use local businesses as much as possible.

Martin said he had checked references for all of the bidders. If he had not worked with the bidders before, he asked for a letter from the bonding company.

Martin said he was comfortable with each of the companies that submitted the low bids.

Fast said the plan had been to have the project completed by the middle of October, but the hope now is to be done sooner, perhaps by the end of August.

Martin said, ?This is an aggressive schedule,? with a goal ?to be done as soon as we can.?

Preliminary work has already begun. Scott Boden, junior high and high school principal, said the greenhouse has been reconnected, and additional outlets have been installed in the shop area for welding projects. He mentioned heating and water challenges.

Board member Lynnette Duerksen asked about the parking lot that will be part of the project. It was not included in the bond but might be paid for with capital outlay funds.

The board discussed a gravel parking lot surface rather than concrete because gravel is less expensive.

Other business

In other business, the board:

? discussed lighting at the high school parking lot. Board member Kyle Funk said plans are to hook up that lighting in the next phase of the project.

? considered the 2014-15 school calendar. Fast said staff will be asked for suggestions. If school would start a little later in fall and continue later in spring, it might be possible to have the new classrooms ready by the time classes begin.

? heard from Wiens that the state Legislature still has not made a decision about school funding; a judicial decision will have an impact on the issue.

? heard Fast explain the decision-making process for snow days. He said he watches weather reports closely and drives the bus routes himself to look at the conditions of the roads. He considers temperatures. He also consults with Boden and with bus coordinator, Diana Schmidt. They focus on student safety.

? voted to change eighth grade promotion to May 14. It had been scheduled for May 13, but a junior high track meet is scheduled for that day. Based on feedback from parents, the board rescheduled promotion.

? approved a one-day junior high reward trip to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City.

Chad Lindeman, junior high social studies teacher and student council sponsor, attended the meeting, along with eight junior high students, to explain the purpose of the trip. Junior high students will earn the privilege of going on the trip by meeting academic and behavior requirements. The student council will pay some of the cost, and each student will need to pay $12.

? heard of a legislative proposal concerning community involvement at league meetings. Boden said league meetings are already open to the public, and anyone is welcome to attend. Goessel is a member of the Wheat State League.

? heard from board member Darla Meysing that The Learning Consortium is continuing ?business as usual,? and the bills had been paid.

? heard the Marion County Special Education Cooperative report from board member Kelly Booton. He said MCSEC discussed health insurance at its Jan. 20 meeting. He said the county employs 95 para-educators.

? heard that Boden met with students to discuss the possibility of cheerleading.

? heard about the ?school improvement? day Jan. 20. Boden said junior high and high school teachers ?reviewed and practiced effective discipline strategies.? Science teacher Donna O?Neill gave a presentation on reading and writing strategies within a content area. Boden said various staff shared examples of using technology in their classes

? heard that the Jan. 20 in-service day at the elementary school had focused on technology, safety and common core curriculum.

? heard of music, FFA, FCCLA, Scholars Bowl and sports accomplishments and upcoming events.

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