Goessel board accepts donation for robotics

The Goessel school board accepted an anonymous $5,000 donation for junior high robotics instruction during its Jan. 9 meeting.

The board expressed appreciation to the donor for the gift. Sherri Sells teaches robotics and an engineering class.

The board accepted the resignation of Zana Manche, agriculture education teacher, FFA adviser, assistant volleyball coach and assistant girls’ basketball coach. Her resignation will take effect at the end of the current school year and summer FFA conference.

John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, and Scot Boden, junior high and high school principal, expressed gratefulness for her work.

“We appreciate her service and dedication to the students of Goessel High School and leadership with the FFA program the past six years, and we wish her the best with her upcoming marriage and move to South Dakota,” Boden said.

The board also thanked her for her work.

The board also accepted the resignation of Morris Ewert as elementary school custodian, effective at the end of May. He will continue working for the school as a bus driver.

“Morris has worked conscientiously for five years as both custodian and bus driver,” Fast said. “We are happy he is continuing as bus driver, but we will miss him as a part-time custodian. He has always been a very hard worker and took pride in providing a clean and safe facility for faculty, staff, and students.”

The board also expressed appreciation for his work.

Other business

In other business, the board:

• approved out-of-state travel for Manche to make a presentation at the National Science Teachers Associa­tion National Convention. Expenses will be paid by her sponsors.

• heard from Fast that the elementary school students collected 488 items for the Tabor Mennonite Church Food Pantry in December. Fast said students and parents did “a great job.” As a reward, students watched, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Friday, Dec. 16.

• heard from Boden that basketball and Scholars Bowl activities are in full swing. Goessel Scholars Bowl Invitational is scheduled for Jan. 21; the regional Scholars Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 2.

• heard that Brian Lightner, activities director, had scheduled additional C-team games for junior high competition.

• the board approved a proposal from Lightner and high school football coach Garrett Hiebert for the purchase of football uniforms and protective equipment from Lou’s Sporting Goods for $8,265.50, plus shipping.

• reviewed a draft of the proposed 2017-18 school calendar.

• heard that junior high and high school custodian Ben Schmidt installed new locks on classroom doors during the Christmas break.

• heard from Boden that there would be no classes on Jan. 16, although it will be a “school improvement day” for teachers.

Boden said junior high and high school teachers will review additional accreditation rubrics, be trained for “career cruising,” prepare for the career fair planned for February, plan for state assessment tests and make plans for student improvement.

• heard that the junior high spelling bee would be Jan. 18.

• heard from Fast that the Jan. 16 in-service day for elementary school teachers would include a review of next year’s school calendar, review of the working document from the board retreat and the goals set at that event, and work on “two more Rs: Relationships and Responsive Culture.”

• received thanks from staff who appreciated the USB chargers they received before Christmas break.

• was encouraged to visit state legislators in late February or early March. The board will talk more about that visit at the February board meeting.

• heard there was nothing new to report from The Learning Consortium.