Goessel School Board considers administrative team

Due to inclement weather, the Goessel school board met an hour earlier than usual on Jan. 8. All school activities and practices had already been canceled for that evening because of heavy snow.

The board spent some time at that meeting discussing a possible realignment of the superintendent/K-5 principal position. Mark Crawford currently holds both positions and suggested to the board the need for a half-time superintendent position and a full-time K-5 principal. Teachers have been involved in discussions about the possibility. Crawford and junior high/high school principal Scott Boden met with elementary school teachers on Dec. 5 and junior high/high school teachers on Dec. 12 to discuss the matter.

Crawford suggested the best time to interview applicants for a principal position would be right after spring break. An interview team would need to be in place and should include teachers.

Turning their attention to another matter, the board reviewed services provided by Educational Services and Staff Development Association of Central Kansas (ESSDACK) and Greenbush. Goessel uses the services of both.

Crawford explained that ESSDACK provides trauma-informed resiliency coaching, career and technical education (CTE) support, Title 1 and English language learner services, crisis planning and services, group health insurance and superintendent forums. Dr. Chad Higgins is the executive director, formerly superintendent at Moundridge, then at Maize. The services cost $5,820 per year.

Greenbush offers school psych consultants, behavioral consultation, Project Stay, curriculum leaders sessions on Wednesday mornings and superintendent forums. Greenbush also offers core support of teaching and learning, especially math, ELA (English Language Arts), science and social studies. The cost is $4,000 a year.

In other business, the board:

* welcomed Paige Conquest as the new school board member. She replaces long-time board member Maynard Knepp.

* approved the resignation of Jill Booton as kindergarten teacher assistant.

* also approved the resignation of Audessi Unruh as PreK teacher assistant.

* voted to hire Janene Mabrey as kindergarten teacher assistant.

* voted to hire Chantelle Klaassen as PreK teacher assistant.

* heard from Boden that basketball and Scholar’s Bowl events are “in full swing.”

* heard from Boden that the horticulture class would like to improve the courtyard between the art classroom and the junior high classrooms with new plants and seating for an outdoor learning space. They expect the project to cost about $600.

* heard from Boden that the Jan. 3 school improvement day had included required trainings and planning for intervention processes.

* heard that a Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) Peer Review had been conducted with Moundridge.

* voted to declare the 2002 Gator as surplus. It will be sold by silent bid.

* noted that staff had enjoyed the holiday dinner in December.

* noted the following events: Boys basketball tournament at Burrton Jan. 15-20, girls basketball tournament at Fairfield Jan. 22-26, junior high spelling bee Jan. 17, Goessel Scholar’s Bowl invitational Jan. 22, and Marion County spelling bee at Hillsboro Feb. 13.

* approved the month’s expenditures for a total of $212,483.38

* noted that the next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12.

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