Goessel School Board thanks Bluebird Backers and Community Foundation

The Goessel school board met on April 8 and heard from junior high/high school principal Scott Boden that Bluebird Backers had provided snacks for students during state assessment testing time. Boden expressed appreciation to the Bluebird Backers and to Susan Nafziger for organizing the snacks.

Elementary principal/superintendent Mark Crawford told the board about a $1,500 grant from the Goessel Community Foundation for the early childhood event that the school hosted. The board voted to accept the grant and expressed appreciation to the Community Foundation.

Turning their attention to another matter, the board once again discussed out-of-district student requirements that will be in effect for the 2024-2025 school year. The school will need to set class size limits for each grade. Those numbers have not yet been set. Then, if more out-of-district students want to come than space available, a lottery will be necessary.

Crawford said that current out-of-district students will be “grandfathered in.” Also, if current out-of-district students have younger siblings, the younger ones will be a priority too and will not need to be part of the lottery. If a parent works in the district, that person’s children would also have a priority in attending. Likewise, homeless children are a priority.

If space is available, the only reason out-of-district students can be denied is if they were expelled from their previous school. However, after one year, out-of-district students can be denied if they have 12 or more unexcused absences, they do not pass a minimum of five subjects, or they are suspended or expelled.

If new students move into the school district, they will need to be accepted, even if class sizes have already been met.

Class numbers will be discussed again at the May school board meeting. Crawford said that currently Goessel has 61 out-of-district students. Boden noted this is 20 percent of the student population.

In other business, the board:

* approved the resignation of Tara Churchill as assistant junior high volleyball coach. She will continue her teaching duties.

* approved the resignation of D J Freeman as forensics coach.

* mentioned that two cooks at the elementary school are retiring. Crawford said it “will be hard to replace” them.

* heard a legislative report from board members Bryant Miller and Pat Flaming. Miller said that Kansas has been ranked second in teachers leaving the profession. Flaming mentioned Senate Bill 387 that ties funding to vouchers for students attending private schools or home school.

* commended Janna Duerksen for her work coordinating the state assessment testing.

* heard from Boden that students have been working to update their “Individual Plan of Study.” The school will use this information to plan the high school schedule for the next school year.

* briefly mentioned the partial solar eclipse.

* noted that Sara Hiebert is now the board’s representative to the Marion County Special Education Cooperative.

* approved membership in the Kansas Association of School Boards. The annual fee is $5,254.57.

* also approved the legal assistance fund fee of $2,750.00.

* mentioned student activities in track, golf, art and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America).

* approved out-of-state travel for the Elbiata singing group May 3-4.

* tabled a discussion of a revised superintendent contract for the 2024-2025 school year.

* approved the month’s expenditures of $146,874.66.

* changed the date of the next board meeting to May 20.

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