Goessel school board welcomes principal

Scott Boden was welcomed as the new Goessel junior/senior high school principal at the July 11 school board meeting.

Boden is a graduate of Jewell High School and Kansas State University. He earned a master?s degree in administration at Baker University.

Boden has taught science at Hesston High School since 1999. He and his family are finalizing the details of moving to Goessel.

?I really appreciate the warm welcome I have received from everyone I meet in the school and community,? he said.

Boden reported that he has already sent an e-mail to staff outlining some of the things he would like to focus on in the new school year.

He hopes to meet with staff and have his office ready by the end of the month.

New and updated fees

The board instituted a $10 ?participation fee? for each of the following high school activities: football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, track, golf, Scholar?s Bowl, forensics, band, choir, Model United Nations and the summer weight-lifting program.

The board also instituted a $10 participation fee for these junior high activities: football, volleyball, basketball, track and Quiz Bowl.

The board stated the fee is a participation fee only; it does not guarantee playing time. Fees are capped at $50 per student or $100 per family.

Superintendent John Fast said no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay. Those students who might find it difficult to pay the fees are welcomed to contact the administration.

Activities and organizations that charge dues are separate from this fee schedule.

The school board set meal prices for the coming school year. Breakfast will cost $1.25 for students, 1.50 for adults and 30 cents for the reduced rate. The lunch price is $1.95 for grade school students (reduced rate 40 cents), $2.20 for junior high and high school students (reduced rate 40 cents), $3.10 for adults and visitors. Extra milk will cost 30 cents.

The board set other fees as follows: book rental $35, art $28, photography $35, family and consumer science $15, high school life textile and apparel $5, high school nutrition/wellness $10 per semester, calculator $15, high school first aid $5, high school chemistry goggles $6, eighth-grade life skills $3 per nine weeks, kindergarten books and materials $17, agricultural science $20, plant/soil science $20, agricultural mechanics $20, agricultural construction $20, advanced agricultural mechanics/construction $20, high school physics $20, high school physical education/health $10, skate fee for physical education $6.

Those wishing to purchase a high school yearbook may do so for $40.

Other business

In other business, the board:

? installed Eric Schrag as a new school board member. He replaces Mary Rosfeld, who retired from the board.

? installed Darla Meysing, Maynard Knepp and Dan Miller, who were re-elected to the board.

? reorganized for the new fiscal year. The board elected Miller as board president and James Wiens as vice president. Kelly Booton will be the Marion County Special Education Cooperative representative.

Knepp and Lynette Duerksen are the ?meet and confer? board representatives. Meysing will continue as The Learning Consortium representative.

James Wiens and Schrag are the board?s Kansas Association of School Boards legislative representatives.

? approved an additional six-tenths teaching position for the second grade because enrollment in that class jumped from 25 to 30 students.

Fast said the class will be divided by half of each school day for the core courses. He said large classes have been divided in the past.

Space for the additional classroom is available across the hall from the current second grade classroom. That classroom had been used for art, but art will now be relocated. Fast said interviewing for the additional second-grade teaching position would begin soon.

? approved Sarah Simington as a bus driver. Simington lives in the Goessel school district and has four children in school at Goessel. She serves on the site council and has helped with many school events in the past.

Four bus routes will be continued. It was determined that cutting the number of routes to three would have meant some students would ride the bus for an hour and 20 minutes, which is too long, according to school officials.

? heard from Fast that major repairs totaling $35,000 had been made to the high school gym floor, but insurance paid for half of the amount. The damage was due to water seeping in around the north doors, and that portion of the floor was replaced.

? heard from Fast that work has been done on the high school air-conditioning system.

? heard from Fast the worn, outdated orange carpet in the elementary school library was replaced this summer with blue carpet.

? adopted the 1,116-hour school year.

? designated Fast as the homeless coordinator officer and Boden as the hearing officer for free and reduced meal applications.

? designated Fast as the food service representative and approved participation in the federal and state food service program.

? established the mileage reimbursement rate at 45 cents per mile.

? designated Patsy Schmidt as the board clerk and Denise Nickel as alternate board clerk.

? appointed John Klenda as the school board attorney.

? designated Citizens State Bank as the official depository of district funds.

? heard The Learning Consortium report from Meysing, who reminded the board that it needs to start thinking about purchasing new equipment for the interactive television classes because the current equipment ?is not going to last much longer.?

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