Goessel School Board hears post-high school report

The Goessel school board met on April 11 and heard a report from junior high/high school principal Scott Boden about post-high school achievements, what students do right after high school and what
percentage get a degree or industry certificate. He talked about high school career pathways such as health science, animal science, teaching, arts, and business as examples.

“All of those are designed to boost the student into a career,” he said.

Boden said that the Kansas State Department of Education has a program called Kansans Can Star Recognition and rates schools according to what their graduates accomplish after high school. Goessel is rated at the Silver level for “Post-Secondary Success” and Bronze for “Academically Prepared for Post-secondary.”

Boden talked about having alumni come to the school to talk to students about their careers.

Turning their attention to another matter, the board listened to Parents as Teachers coordinator Becky Suderman, who has worked for Marion County for 15 years.

Suderman said that 90 percent of a child’s brain development happens before age five. She told the board how PAT helps families through personal home visits, group connections,
screenings, and resources. PAT services are free to families, and Marion County’s PAT teachers serve all five Marion County school districts. She said six Goessel children are currently involved in the PAT
program. PAT works with children up to age three.

Suderman said that personal visits include development, literacy, nutrition, sleep, safety, development, goals, and well-being. If families need help with basic necessities, PAT can help with car
seats, diapers, transportation, and food resources.

Board chair Kelly Booton commented, “It’s a great program.”

He expressed appreciation for Suderman’s work.

In other business, the board:
* accepted the retirement resignation of Tony Girard. According to Boden, “Tony has been a dedicated member of our staff and willing to pitch in wherever needed. In addition to cleaning the building, he has
helped with driving the bus, washing dishes in the kitchen, and serving lunch.” Girard has been employed at the junior high/high school since 2017.
* accepted the resignation of third-grade teacher Aryanna Freeman, who has taught at Goessel for two years.
* made graduation board assignments. Board member Ben Schrag will help with the 8th-grade promotion, which is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, May 17. Booton and Patrick Flaming will help with high
school graduation on Saturday, May 14, at 4:00.
* heard about other activities including track, golf, art, music, and FCCLA.
* approved an out-of-state trip for the senior class. They plan to travel to Oklahoma City April 24-25. A total of 32 students are planning on the trip, also two sponsors and a bus driver.
* heard from Boden about a presentation by Chet Kuplen with Sports in Kansas, “Think Before You Post,” on the power of social media. Boden said it was an excellent presentation. He thanked the Bluebird
Backers for suggesting the presentation and helping to sponsor it.
* discussed expanding the pre-school program.
* discussed the recent threat to Marion County schools, although it was not clear if the threat was directed at Marion County in Kansas or another state. Even though the other Marion County schools canceled
school for April 7, Goessel did not cancel school. Elementary principal/superintendent Mark Crawford communicated with parents throughout the day via text, phone, and email. He determined that the threat
seemed to be a prank. Law enforcement officers were present at the school during the school day.
* voted to renew the annual Kansas Association of School Boards membership for $5,103.50
* approved the financial statements of $141,642.59.

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