Goessel board honors retiring teachers

The Goessel school board met on June 8 and honored three elementary school teachers who are retiring: Dale Wiens, Tom Krehbiel, and Ilona Abrahams.

Wiens has taught third grade at Goessel for 20 years. He thanked the school board and superintendent/elementary school principal Dr. John Fast for the opportunity to teach at Goessel. He mentioned the smiles and laughter of his students and watching them learn. Fast noted Wiens’s enthusiasm.

Krehbiel has taught fourth grade at Goessel for 30 years. Board chairman Kelly Booton expressed appreciation for his teaching. Fast mentioned Krehbiel’s use of a Smart Board in his classroom and his willingness to learn the technology.

Abrahams has taught fifth grade at Goessel for 25 years. Fast mentioned the fifth-grade partnership with Bethesda Home residents and commended Abrahams for her continuing work with the Goessel Alumni Association.

The three teachers were each given a plaque from the school board, along with affirmation for their many years of teaching at Goessel.

Fast is also retiring; the school and community will miss his leadership.

Turning their attention to another matter, the board approved supplemental contracts as follows — Activities Director: Brian Lightner, Band: Scott Taylor, Choir and Play or Musical: Braden Unruh, Concessions: Ryan Hoopes, Elementary School Improvement Team (SIT) Chair: Sheri Janzen, Junior High SIT Chair: Megan Duerksen, High School SIT Chair: Crysta Guhr, Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Sponsor: Brittany Hiebert, FFA Sponsor: Alicia Cox, Freshman Class Sponsor: Ryan Hoopes, Sophmore Class Sponsor: Donna O’Neill, Junior Class Sponsor: Harmony Gerlach and Chad Lindeman, Senior Class Sponsor: Janna Duerksen, Junior High Student Council Sponsor: Chad Lindeman, High School Student Council Sponsor: Harmony Gerlach, Junior High Quiz Bowl: Sherri Sells, High School Scholars Bowl: Braden Unruh and Marcia Brubaker, Professonial Development Council Chair: Janna Duerksen, Quality Performance Assessment Chair: Janna Duerksen, Yearbook: Kacie Schmidt, High School Cross Country Coach: Brandon Lewis, Junior High Football Coach: Chad Lindeman and assistant: Ryan Hoopes, High School Football Coach: Garrett Hiebert, Junior High Volleyball Coach: Julie Sparks and assistant: Brittany Hiebert, High School Volleyball Coach: Crysta Guhr and assistant: Brooke Bumgarner, Junior High Boys Basketball Coach: Garrett Hiebert and assistant: Kendall Voth, Junior High Girls Basketball Coach: Tom Zogleman and assistant: Amy Flaming, High School Boys Basketball Coach: Curtis Guhr and assistant: Chad Lindeman, High School Girls Basketball Coach: Ryan Hoopes and assistant: Brooke Bumgarner, High School Golf Coach: Chad Lindeman, Junior High/High School Head Track Coach: Curtis Guhr, Lead Junior High Track Coach: Garrett Hiebert, Junior High/High School Assistant Track Coaches: Crysta Guhr, Joni Smith, and Brian Lightner.

In other business, the board:

* heard of plans for high school graduation to take place on July 18 at 4 p.m. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

* heard that August 20 will be the first day of school.

* approved Aryana Archuleta for the third-grade teaching position. She is a recent graduate of McPherson College.

* approved Andrea Fish for the fourth-grade teaching position. She has been a fourth-grade teacher in Herington.

* approved Jennifer Hagewood for the substitute cook position at the high school. She has been a cook with the Newton school system.

* heard about plans for summer school, which will hopefully begin on July 13, depending on COVID-19 guidelines. Sheri Janzen was at the meeting and explained plans. Barb Goering will also teach. Jill Booton will be the assistant. Each group will meet for one week. Summer school will be for kindergarten through fourth grade, but there is a possibility that it could include older students too. Fast said that Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education, has said that the top priority is to reach students who experienced difficulty with the on-line teaching in spring.

* heard that K12ITC (Information Technology Company) employees had been at the school to “migrate” data from old computers and files to new ones. Fast said that three workers spent three days at the school. They also formatted the new teacher computers that had been approved at a previous board meeting. Junior high/high school principal Scott Boden said he was pleased with their helpful communication throughout the process.

* heard from Boden that driver education would begin on June 15, with “behind-the-wheel instruction occurring in accordance with health department guidance.”

* heard that coaches have been working with athletes as part of summer conditioning, in accordance with KSHSAA and health department guidelines. August 17 will be the first day of sports practice.

* heard from Boden that summer cleaning is in progress at the junior high/high school building. He mentioned the cleaning, painting, and refinishing work of Ben Schmidt, Tony Girard, and Susie Shipp.

* heard that an air conditioner at the high school needs to be replaced. Fast said it is a 15-ton unit, and the use of a crane will be required. It will cost under $20,000. The old air conditioner was installed in 1995.

* approved the monthly expenses of $99,501.72. The school is waiting to hear about roof damage from the recent hail.