Cooks hired for Goessel schools

The Goessel school board met on May 20 and approved cooks for the 2024-2025 school year, following the retirement of long-time cooks Sandra Duerksen and Janice Voth. Susie Shipp has been a cook at the junior high/high school building. She will now be the Food Service Director and will work at the elementary school. Cassoday Griffin is a new cook and will also work at the elementary school. Jennifer Hagewood will continue as a cook at the junior high/high school building. Blake Ervin will join her there.

The board also approved Elizabeth Alderfer as 5th-grade teacher and Luke Freeman as junior high science teacher. Some coach, para and special education positions are still open.

The board approved the summer cleaning team of Kaleigh Guhr, Cassoday Griffin, Kacen Smith and Koy Smith. Lavon Martin was approved for summer painting at the junior high/high school building.

The board discussed a revised job description for elementary school principal/superintendent Mark Crawford since he will transition to part-time superintendent. He plans to work two days a week at the school and virtually as needed.

In other business, the board:

* approved art teacher Kacie Schmidt’s request to teach part-time instead of full-time. She will continue at the junior high/high school building. Crawford commended her for doing “an amazing job.”

* accepted an anonymous donation of $2,346 for livestreaming activities and to help with the music trip. The board expressed appreciation to the donor.

* heard appreciation from junior high/high school principal Scott Boden for all who helped with track meets and the spring concert.

* heard that regional track was on May 17 at Iola and state track would be at Wichita State on May 24-25. State golf was scheduled for May 20-21 at Hesston.

* heard of recent accomplishments in golf.

* heard appreciation from Boden for board members who presented diplomas at graduation.

* heard from Crawford that non-resident student applications will be accepted in June. Then, if needed, a lottery will be held in July.

* approved the purchase of high school boys’ basketball uniforms for a total cost of $6,097. Boden explained this purchase is according to the uniform replacement schedule.

* heard about water damage to the information technology system at the grade school, due to roof leaks.

* heard from Boden that the recent in-service session had focused on the intervention processes and the use of academic skill time to benefit student needs. Crawford said students are making progress as a result of the K-8 intervention initiative.

* heard that teachers had discussed student cell phone use.

* discussed a memo of understanding with Prairie View, noting that the therapist has provided student support three days a week. Boden expressed appreciation for the service.

* approved disposal of old Family and Consumer Science textbooks.

* approved the month’s expenses of $83,312.68.

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