Goessel board hears building project ?mostly done?

The Goessel school board heard John Fast, superintendent and K-5 principal, report during its July 13 meeting that the district?s construction and remodeling project is mostly done.

Chad Henson of Loyd Builders discussed the new parking lot at the high school. The cost of the parking lot turned out to be higher than the school expected.

Henson said he will ask Vogts-Parga, the contractor for the parking lot, for a detailed report of expenses. He would like to know the specific amount for surveying, dirt work, rock, drain?age, sidewalks and removal of an old well.

A detailed list also would show the Vogts-Parga cost for other work, such as the front entry and the west annex at the high school and the storm shelter at the elementary school.

The school board and administration indicated they were pleased with the new parking lot. Fast said the drainage is working well.

Board member Maynard Knepp had checked the parking lot after the recent heavy rain and said, ?It was fantastic.?

Fast said it is ?superb? for a gravel parking lot.

Board appointments

The board reviewed board positions and made annual appointments.

All board positions will remain the same: Dan Miller, president; James Wiens, vice-president; Lynnette Duerksen and Maynard Knepp, meet and confer representatives; Darla Meysing, The Learning Consortium representative; Kelly Booton and Kyle Funk alternate, Marion County Special Education Cooperative board member; James Wiens, Kansas Association of School Boards representative and legislative liaison.

The board reappointed Joni Smith as board clerk and Denise Nickel as the alternate board clerk. Peggy Jay was reappointed board treasurer.

Citizens State Bank will continue as the official depository of school district funds, with the following signatures on file: Dan Miller, Peggy Jay, John Fast, Scott Boden, Denise Nickel, Debbie Schrag and Joni Smith.

Appointments and fees

The board reviewed the list of ?consent agenda? items, which are listed below.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the elementary school board room.

Brian Bina of Karstetter and Klenda will continue as the board?s attorney. Fast said the school did not need Bina?s services this past school year.

In addition to regular administrative responsibilities, other duties were assigned again to Fast, junior high and high school principal Scott Boden, and Smith.

Fast?s responsibilities include food service representative, homeless coordinator, K-5 truancy officer, freedom of information officer, Title I, Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 coordinator, and determining official.

Boden is the grades 6-12 truancy officer and the hearing officer for free and reduced meal applications.

Smith is the freedom of information clerk and has KPERS responsibilities.

The board adopted the 1,116-hour school year.

Meals will be increased by 10 cents. The new prices will be: breakfast, $1.35, reduced rate 30 cents, $1.50 for adults; lunch will cost $3.45 for adults and visitors, $2.40 for grade school students, $2.55 for high school, and 40 cents for the reduced rate. Extra milk will cost 30 cents.

Student fees for kindergarten through grade 5 were set as follows: kindergarten books and materials, $20; grades 1-5 book rental, $35; grade 5 planner, $4.70; skate fee for physical education, $7; elementary yearbook (optional), $13.

Student fees for grades 6-12 were set as follows: book rental, $45; art, $15 per semester; nutrition/wellness, $15 per semester; food science, $15 per semester; culinary essentials, $15 per semester; principles of illustration, $15; photo imaging, $15; floral land design, $20; calculator, $15; chemistry goggles, $6; animal science, $20; agricultural mechanics, $30; physics, $20; freshman health/physical education, $7; band, $10; choir, $10; Elbiata, $10; high school laptop fee (for those who opt to take theirs home), $50.

Other business

In other business, the board:

? approved the purchase of a new bus. Fast said he had looked at new and used buses, along with bus drivers Diana Schmidt and Morris Ewert. They looked at various bus sizes: 66-passenger, 71- and 77-passenger. The 77-passenger buses are 4 feet longer, and the bus drivers said that is too long for the bus routes; turning is more difficult.

Fast had a new bus available for the board to view; the bus does not have air conditioning. Fast said the school is already two years behind on a bus purchase. Fast said the $86,000 cost was the lowest price they could find.

? approved the $2,500 fee for FACT (Families and Communities Together). Fast said, ?They have been strong? for the community and county. He said Linda Ewert is the Goessel community representative.

? heard MCSEC representative Booton report that most staff positions are filled for the new school year. He said the MCSEC board is looking at increasing the cost for each school district, but the increase will not be as much as they had originally thought. Booton also talked about health insurance for paras.

? heard that TLC will meet at Goessel Aug. 3. Fast said two of the schools in TLC will have a new superintendent. The Aug. 3 meeting will include the new and old superintendents.

? heard that the student handbook had been reviewed. Boden noted some minor editorial changes.

? heard that the ?extended school day? had been positive last year. Boden said students who were struggling with school work could stay after school for extra help from 3:30 to 4:30 on Mondays, Wednes?days and Thursdays.

? heard about progress on installing the grade school security system.

? noted that enrollment will be Aug. 5 and 6, with the first day of school Thursday, Aug. 20.

? reviewed enrollment projections for the coming school year: kindergarten, 13; first grade, 23; second grade, 21; third grade, 20; fourth grade, 20; fifth grade, 18; sixth grade, 32; seventh grade, 23; eighth grade, 23; freshman, 24; sophomore, 21; junior, 17; and senior 17.

The enrollment projection is 115 at the elementary school and 163 at the junior/senior high school for total of 278 for the district.

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