Goessel School Board makes appointments

The Goessel school board met on July 26 and made board appointments for the new fiscal year; most will remain in their current positions. Appointments are as follows — board president: Kelly Booton, vice president: Ben Schrag, meet and confer: Schrag and Kyle Funk, Kansas Association of School Boards legislative liasions: Patrick Flaming and Bryant Miller, Marion County Special Education Cooperative (MCSEC) representative: Maynard Knepp, MCSEC alternate: Funk, The Learning Consortium (TLC): Sara Hiebert. Booton thanked the board for their work.

The board appointed Joni Smith to continue as board clerk, Debbie Schrag as alternate clerk, and Lacie Hill as district treasurer. Brian Bina of Karstetter and Klenda is the school board attorney. The board designated the Hillsboro Free Press for publication of official USD 411 notices.

The board also set meal prices and other fees. Smith explained that meal prices have not changed for several years and do not cover actual lunch costs. Therefore, families are reminded to fill out the food service form at the time of enrollment. Textbook fees will be waived for all families who fill out the form, whether or not they qualify for free or reduced lunches. The school’s at-risk money depends on getting the forms filled out. Superintendent/elementary principal Mark Crawford explained that Goessel is a 60% state aid school district.

The board made the following appointments at the June meeting — Band: Scott Taylor, Choir: Braden Unruh, Activities Director: Brian Lightner, Concessions: Ryan Hoopes, Cheer: Michelle Meyer. Coaches are as follows — Head Cross Country: Donna Washmon, High School Football: Garrett Hiebert (Head) with Luke Freeman and Rick Freeman (assistants), High School Volleyball: Crysta Guhr (Head) and Olivia Duerksen (assistant), High School Boys Basketball: Curtis Guhr (Head) and Gerard Dunne (assistant), High School Girls Basketball: Ryan Hoopes, High School Golf: Chad Lindeman, Junior High Football: Chad Lindeman (Head) and Ryan Hoopes (assistant), Junior High Volleyball: Julie Sparks (Head) and Rachael Boese (assistant), Junior High Boys Basketball: Chad Lindeman (Head) and Kendall Voth (assistant), Junior High Girls Basketball: Tom Zogelman (Head) and Amy Flaming (assistant), Junior High and High School Track: Curtis Guhr (Head), Lead Junior High Track: Garrett Heibert, Assistant Junior High and High School Track: Crysta Guhr, Joni Smith, Brian Lightner, Amy Flaming.

Class Sponsor appointments are as follows — Freshman: Alicia Cox, Sophomore: Donna O’Neill, Junior: Chad Lindeman and Ryan Hoopes, Senior: Janna Duerksen. High school student council sponsor is Gerard Dunne, Junior high: Megan Duerksen.

Scholar’s Bowl sponsors are Braden Unruh (head) and Marcia Brubaker (assistant), Junior High Quiz Bowl: Sherri Sells, Yearbook: Kacie Schmidt, FCCLA: Brittany Hiebert, FFA: Alicia Cox, High School Play: Braden Unruh.

Teacher committee appointments are as follows — Elementary SIT Chair: Sheri Janzen with Secretary: Chrystiana Miller, Junior High SIT Chair: Megan Duerksen, High School SIT Chair: Crysta Guhr, PDC Chair: Janna Duerksen, QPA Chair: Janna Duerksen.

In other business, the board:

* heard that family-owned Moundridge Telephone Company, which was founded in 1904 and is one of the oldest operating telephone companies in Kansas, has been sold to Nex-Tech. Crawford does not expect the sale to affect The Learning Consortium. Other schools in TLC include Moundridge, Hesston and Canton-Galva.

* approved the meet and confer committee’s recommendation of a 3% increase.

* noted that “we have some excellent paras,” according to Crawford. Paras will receive a pay increase to $12/hour.

* heard from board member Maynard Knepp that MCSEC needs and assessments are going up. He said that all the MCSEC school districts are “struggling to fill positions.” He also mentioned that Ron Traxon did a “fantastic job” as interim MCSEC director.

* heard that Rebecca McGuire will be the school psychologist through the MCSEC.

* approved the mitigation resolution, which is a Marion County Emergency Response plan.

* talked about state changes that will affect the 2023-2024 school year in relation to out-of-district students.

* commended maintenance staff for their summer work.

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