Goessel board hired four teachers

The Goessel school board hired four teachers at its May 12 meeting. Garrett Hi?ebert, Brian Lightner, Pat?rick Loganbill and Beth Ratzloff will be joining the faculty this fall.

Hiebert had already been the head high school football coach, head junior high boys basketball coach and assistant track coach. He has also been a para at the elementary school.

John Fast, superintendent and elementary school principal, said, ?He?s done a marvelous job.?

Hiebert will teach high school math half-time and business half-time. He is a GHS graduate and has a business degree from Bethel College, where he also participated in sports. His wife, Brittany, teaches and coaches at Goessel.

Lightner will teach high school math and be the athletic director. He grew up at Inman and graduated from Tabor College. He has taught math at Peabody for eight years.

Hiebert will assume Tyler Schroeder?s business teaching load, and Lightner will assume Schroeder?s athletic director duties.

Schroeder, a Goessel and Bethel College graduate, taught and coached at Goessel for three years. He has accepted a position at Newton High School, where he will teach business.

Hiebert and Lightner will each be teaching half of the high school math classes. They are replacing Alyssa Kroeker, who has been teaching all of the high school math classes. She has taught at Goessel for one year. She was also the head junior high volleyball coach.

Kroeker is leaving Goessel to teach math at Hesston High School. Kroeker is from Hesston and was a student of Hesston?s two other high school math teachers. She is also interested in coaching.

Loganbill will teach K-5 health/physical education and will work in the computer lab. He also will be the high school student council sponsor and assistant junior high boys basketball coach.

Loganbill, who grew up in Wichita, is a recent Bethel College graduate. He is fluent in Spanish and has been teaching in Bogata, Colom?bia.

Loganbill is replacing Joe Biggs, who has been at Goessel for five years and will be moving back to the family farm near Barnard. He plans to farm but also to teach and coach.

Ratzloff was hired to teach family and consumer science classes. She will also be the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America sponsor.

Ratzloff, from Hiawatha, graduated from Pittsburg State. She is currently working as a paraprofessional in Sedgwick. Her husband is from Inman. They have two children.

Ratzloff is replacing Gina Bergin, who has taught FACS classes and seventh- grade science at Goessel for four years. She and her husband have accepted positions at Mission Valley High School.

FCCLA trip

Bergin attended the board meeting, along with four students who plan to attend the FCCLA conference in San Antonia, Texas, July 5-11, where they will participate in the STAR events (Students Taking Action with Recognition).

FCCLA is a student leadership organization with family as the central focus. Bergin and Ratzloff will both go to the conference with the students.

The board approved use of the school?s Suburban. In addition to providing the vehicle, the school is helping with the registration cost and the hotel cost for the sponsors.

Cheerleading approved

After considerable discussion, the board voted to approve cheerleading. Bergin was part of that discussion since she had presented a cheerleading proposal at a previous meeting.

Dana Steinmetz, who was at the meeting, is willing to be the cheerleading sponsor. She and her family recently moved to Goessel. She has children in school and is working to obtain her teaching license so she can be a substitute teacher.

Twenty-two girls have shown an interest in cheerleading, Bergin said, adding that three of her friends who do not live here are willing to help with tryouts. Bergin said her friends do not know the students, so they would be impartial and fair.

Goessel currently does not have cheerleaders. The board was hesitant to approve the idea because of past experiences.

Fast and Scott Boden, junior high/high school principal, said they do not have a strong opinion for or against cheerleading.

Board members noted that cheerleading ?didn?t go well in the past,? but board member Kelly Booton suggested they could bring ?atmosphere? to events.

Board member Maynard Knepp said the last time cheerleading was a separate program it didn?t ?gel? with the rest. He suggested trying it for a year.

?Just because it didn?t work last time doesn?t mean it won’t work this time,? he said.

The board also expressed concern that not all who are interested in cheerleading are chosen and wondered about animosity that could arise between students as a result.

The board also noted positive potential, such as a leadership role for students who are not in sports. The board wanted to be careful so that cheerleading does not take students away from the sports already offered at the school.

Other business

In other business, the board:

? approved Brittany Hiebert?s resignation as junior class sponsor. Hiebert will continue her teaching and coaching duties.

? approved the purchase of high school boys? basketball uniforms, for a total of $3,918.75. Boden said this amount is a ?significant savings? from the last time uniforms were purchased.

? heard the Marion County Special Education Cooperative report from Booton. He noted a 9 percent increase in special education costs, due to financial reductions from the state.

? heard from Fast that the last day of school would be May 15. Boden reported that the regional track meet would be May 23, with state track May 30-31. Regional golf is scheduled for May 19.

? heard from Boden that work had slowed on the construction project due to waiting for delivery of the steel structure.

? heard board representative Darla Meysing report that everything is running ?smoothly? at The Learning Consortium.

? heard that the board should be aware that local money for schools is now going through the state. It was noted that although that money will appear to be state money, it is not state money. It is local money.

? discussed changes in the capital outlay fund that are being made by the state, noting that the school did not receive ?equalization? money for the past four years.

? approved the financial statements of $385,711.72. Fast said the amount includes the new van, which is already in use and can hold eight people.

School Solutions, computer software for payments, is also included in the cost, as well as the insurance payment, which will include a ?rider? for cyber security.

The amount also includes the usual monthly expenses.

? listened to business administrator Chet Roberts explain the cash balance, noting extra expenses, such as the van that was purchased recently. Fast said that Red Wheel sales earned $4,500 for the school this year.

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