Goessel Board approves staff contracts May 12

The Goessel school board approved teaching and supplemental contracts at its May 12 meeting.

Lisa Comer was hired as the new Spanish teacher. Super?inten?dent John Fast said She grew up in San Diego, and most recently has taught in Emporia. She is certified to teach kindergarten through grade 12 and has worked with the English as a Second Language program.

Junior/senior high school principal Marc Grout said Comer has spent time in Mexico. She is a recent graduate of the University of Kansas and has a master?s degree.

She will share her teaching time with the Canton-Galva school district.

?She?s looking forward to coming to this area,? Fast said.

With the approval of several supplemental contracts, Grout said almost all of the positions are covered.

The administration is still looking for a junior high Quiz Bowl head coach and assistant coach as Bruce Stucky and Joel Hesed have resigned.

David Graham was hired as the assistant high school Scholar?s Bowl coach. Wes Schmidt-Tieszen is the head coach.

Joe Biggs will be the assistant high school volleyball coach. He also will be the head junior high girls? basketball coach, succeeding Hesed.

Deryll Amstutz will be the head junior high volleyball coach. He had been the assistant coach and will move into the position vacated by Brian Holloway, who has accepted a position at Moundridge. Amanda Krier will be the assistant volleyball coach.

Grout said the track coaching staff had been reorganized for this season to have more continuity in coaching junior high and high school students.

?It's been a positive thing,? Grout said, adding that the coaches like the contact with all the track students.

The board approved the resignation of track duties for David Graham, who said he is too busy with FFA competitions and activities during track season. Ryan Hoopes will take his place.

Grout said the school has five track coaches, but there is a need for a sixth one.

Tonja Bartel will coach forensics and will assist Greg Bon?trager with the high school musical.

Grout said the number of golf coaches depends on the number of students participating in golf.

In other business, the board:

  • heard Grout report that the high school golf team won the league meet in Hesston May 6. They also won at regional and will compete at the state level.

  • heard the seventh grade girls placed first in the Heart of America league track meet May 6. Grout said the finish was impressive, especially with only six girls on the team.

  • heard that the high school boys? track team won the Tescott Invitational April 29.

  • heard that the State Large Group Music Festival was April 16 at Bethany College. Grout said the Goessel High School band, mixed chorus, boys? ensemble, and girls? ensemble all received a ?I? rating from all the judges. Goessel received the overall top ratings.

  • heard that GHS had participated in the Class 1A solo and small ensemble festival at Stucky Middle School April 26. Goessel received 18 ?I? ratings, four ?II? ratings, and one ?III.?

  • heard Grout announce that the music department would host its annual barbecue and spring concert May 13.

  • heard that nine students tried out for cheerleading for next school year. Six were selected, including four who are returning from this year.

  • heard that the FFA students had done well at the state Career Development Event competition at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Competing against students from much larger schools, Goessel students placed as follows: ag mechanics team. third; floriculture team, third; agronomy team, 16th; and dairy products team, 28th.

  • heard that Goessel won the state SKILLS USA contest at Wichita Area Technical College and will participate at the national level in Kansas City in June. The competition includes precision machining technology, writing a computer program for the CNC mill, matching a part from a blue print on a mill and lathe, general machining knowledge, a blue print test, and a precision measuring test.

  • gave permission for junior high teacher Chad Lindeman to take the eighth-grade class to the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City May 16.

  • heard that high school awards night would be May 15 in the auditorium.

  • heard that high school commencement would be at 7 p.m. May 17 in the gymnasium. GHS teacher Schmidt-Tieszen will be the featured speaker. It was determined that board member Dewayne Voth would help at the graduation.

  • heard that plans are underway for three weeks of summer school from June 30 to July 17. Sheri Janzen and Barb Goering will be the teachers. They plan to use a tutoring model.

  • listened to Fast?s report on work in the junior high gym. He said the bleachers will come the third week of July.

  • heard Fast say that work on the driveway east of the high school would begin May 22.

  • heard Fast report that he is working on a bid for a 66-passenger bus. Bus No. 14 will be traded.

  • heard that Goering would likely get $800 for the outdoor nature station and butterfly garden.

  • heard Fast say awards day at the elementary school would be May 21. Play day will be in the afternoon that day. It will be the last day of school.

  • heard Voth?s say in his The Learning Consortium report that he does not expect an increase in costs.

  • listened to board member Darla Meysing?s report on the Marion County Special Education Cooperative. She said there is a need for an administrator at the Oasis school. No one person is consistently in charge there. The hope is to ?derail problems before they happen,? she said.

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