Goessel School Board hears of school events

Due to a junior high basketball game that a number of Goessel school board members wanted to attend, the January meeting was held at 7 a.m. on Jan. 13 instead of 7 p.m. like usual. The board also held a special meeting on Jan. 6 for the purpose of meeting with Dr. Doug Moeckel and Dr. Sue Givens about beginning the search for a superintendent since the current superintendent, Dr. John Fast, plans to retire. Fast is also the elementary school principal.

The school board heard of various activities at the elementary school and junior high/high school.

In addition to basketball games, junior high/high school principal Scott Boden told the board of numerous other activities. He said that the FFA and FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) groups were planning a chili supper and project/work auction.

The Scholars Bowl team has been competing. Boden said that Goessel will host the Goessel Scholars Bowl Invitational on Jan. 25 and the State Scholars Bowl event on Feb. 15.

Boden said the junior high spelling bee would be held on Jan. 22.

Fast said the elementary school Christmas program had been rescheduled due to inclement weather. He said the elementary school music program will be held at 10 a.m. And 7 p.m. on Feb. 20.

In other business, the board:

* welcomed Sara Hiebert to the board and assigned her The Learning Consortium board position.

* noted that staff appreciated the Christmas banquet hosted by the school board.

* heard that Jan. 20 was designated “school improvement” in-service day, with no classes that day. Boden said the day would include continued learning about trauma informed practices, state assessment planning, and work on Kansas Education Systems Accreditation goals, career and technical education pathway updates, and student improvement planning.

* heard from Fast that in-service day at the elementary school would include social-emotional needs of students.

* approved the purchase of a new water softener for the high school at a cost of $7,325. The water softener will be purchased from Goering Hardware in Moundridge. Boden had informed the board that the current water softener is deteriorating and had caused a loss of water pressure at times during events when demand is high.

* heard that board members Patrick Flaming and Maynard Kenpp had met with the “meet and confer” team.

* approved the financial statements in the amount of $176,533.13.