Goessel board hears of ministerial contribution

The USD 411 Board of Education heard during its Aug. 10 meeting about the Goessel Ministerial Alliance?s donation of $800 worth of school supplies for any family that felt a need, whether or not they are members of any church.

John Fast, superintendent and K-5 principal, said three tables had been full of supplies, and only a small amount was left after enrollment. The remaining supplies will be available as families continue to come to the school to enroll.

?It was very much appreciated by the parents who made use of that (donation),? Fast said.

Based on the number of students who receive free and reduced-price school lunches, Fast said Goessel is considered to be a poor school district. There is need in the community, he said, and expressed gratitude to the Ministerial Alliance for its generous donation.

The board also accepted the anonymous donation of Gatorade powder and coolers to the activities department. The board expressed appreciation for the donation.

Audit report

The board heard and accepted the audit report presented by Vonda Brech?eisen of Knudsen and Mon?roe.

Brecheisen told the board, ?You?ve got a good, clean audit again this year? and there had been no difficulties and no disagreements in the process.

All ending cash balances were positive and there were no violations.

Brecheisen commended Fast, board clerk Joni Smith and secretary Denise Nickel for their work. She said they were ?always easy to work with and always responsive.?

Fast responded, ?It?s an easy company to work with.?

Other business

In other business, the board:

? heard student enrollment projections for the 2015-16 school year. Fast reported the following numbers: kindergarten 13, first grade 23, second grade 22, third grade 20, fourth grade 19, fifth grade 19, sixth grade 30, seventh grade 21, eighth grade 23, freshman 22, sophomore 21, junior 24 and senior 17, for a total of 274.

Fast said the total includes seven exchange students. Fast said this is the count following enrollment, but it is not the final count. The total could be close to 280 by the time school starts Aug. 20.

The district had a head count of 287 students for the previous year.

? heard that school custodians have been busy getting ready for the new school year.

?We have an amazing maintenance crew,? Fast said.

Scott Boden, junior/high school principal, said Ben Schmidt and Donna Spoonmore ?have done an excellent job? of preparing the school building for the start of school. He said projects have included painting, waxing floors, landscaping, plumbing and electrical work.

?Everything is in really good shape,? Boden said, but noted the carpet in the 1998 addition is showing wear.

Boden also reported that Dirksen Construction is working on the northwest entrance at the high school.

Fast said that Jody Fensky and Joan Nighten?gale have been doing some painting at the grade school.

? saw the new flooring that had been installed at the grade school. Some of the floor covering that was replaced was still the original flooring from 1959; it had been used for 56 years and showed a considerable amount of wear.

? heard that bus inspection would be at 7 a.m. the following day.

? made plans to serve ice cream sundaes to teachers in their classrooms as they work Aug. 19 to prepare for the beginning of school. Board members were encouraged to help serve the ice cream and interact with the teachers.

? heard about new Kan?sas State High School Activi?ties Association regulations that require all athletes, coaches and administrators to participate in a concussion education program.

Boden said coaches and directors are now also required to receive in-service training on prevention of heat illness.

? heard from Fast that volunteers had cared for the school?s summer garden; produce would be ready for students to harvest in fall.

? heard of work that has been done to get computers ready for the start of school. Fast said Smith needs a new computer; hers cannot support the new security system that has been installed at the elementary school.

? heard the Marion County Special Education Cooperative report from board member Kyle Funk. He said the MCSEC board worked on the budget. He said director David Shep?pard is doing a good job.

? heard a legislative report from Fast and board member James Wiens. They didn?t know if the courts will address state aid for poor school districts.

? heard The Learning Consortium report from Fast. He said Goessel school board member Darla Meysing was nominated president of TLC for the new school year.

Fast said each of the four schools in TLC will be assessed $1,000. The four schools own the fiber together. The other schools in TLC are Hesston, Mound?ridge and Canton-Galva. Fast said Hesston and Moundridge have new superintendents this year.

? approved the monthly expenses of $347,254.43. Fast said that 94 percent of the budget remains for the new fiscal year.

? approved the proposed budget of $4,472,698 for the 2015-16 school year; the mill levy will be 59.035, which is slightly lower than two years ago. Fast said the ?local option budget? will be 31.3; it was not necessary this year to use the full 33 LOB approved by voters earlier this year.

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