Goessel board makes appointments for members, faculty

The Goessel school board made annual appointments for the 2016-17 fiscal year during its July 11 meeting.

Members of the board were reappointed to the roles they held this past school year. Dan Miller is board president and James Wines vice president.

Lynnette Duerksen and Maynard Knepp were appointed to meet and confer; Darling Meysing as The Learning Consortium representative; Kelly Booton, Marion County Special Education Cooperative, and Kyle Funk as alternate representative; Joni Smith as board clerk and Denise Nickel as alternate clerk; Peggy Jay, district treasurer; and James Wiens, Kansas Association of School Boards representative.

As part of the consent agenda, the board also designated assignments for John Fast, K-5 principal and superintendent; Scott Boden, junior high and high school principal; and board clerk Joni Smith.

Among the many duties are homeless coordinator, hearing officer for free and reduced-price meal applications, and KPERS.

The board also approved a 1,116-hour school year and a mileage rate of 45 cents per mile.

Meal prices

The board approved meal prices as follows: breakfast $1.40, reduced rate 30 cents, $2.05 for adults; lunch $3.50 for adults and visitors, $2.65 for high school students, $2.50 for grade school students, and reduced rate of 40 cents, extra milk 30 cents.

Student fees remain the same as last year: kindergarten books and materials $20, book rental grades 1-5 $35, grade 5 planner $4.70, skate fee for physical education $7, elementary yearbook (optional) $13.

Junior high and high school fees are as follows: book rental $45, art $15 each semester, high school nutrition/wellness $15 each semester, food science $15 each semester, culinary essentials $15 each semester, principles of illustration $15, photo imaging $15, floral land design $20, calculator $15, high school chemistry goggles $6, animal science $20, agricultural mechanics $30, high school physics $20, freshman physical education/health $7, band $10, choir $10, Elbiata $10, high school laptop computer (optional for take-home use) $50, and optional lap-top insurance $25.

Personnel assignments

The board approved the following personnel assignments: Brian Lightner, activities director; Scott Taylor, band; Andrew Voth, choir; DJ Freeman, cheerleader sponsor; Ryan Hoopes, concessions; Brittney Hiebert, FCCLA sponsor; Zana Manche, FFA sponsor; Kacie McGee, high school art; and Harmony Gerlach, model U.N.

Sherri Sells as appointed to lead forensics; Andrew Voth, high school musical, and Donna O’Neill high school musical assistant; Harmony Gerlach, high school student council sponsor; Chad Lindeman, junior high student council; Donna O’Neill, junior high Quiz Bowl; and Andrew Voth, high school Scholars Bowl; and Kacie McGee, yearbook sponsor.

The following class sponsors were appointed: Sherri Sells, freshmen; Donna O’Neill, sophomores; Joan Nightengale and Suzanne Meier, juniors; Janna Duerksen, seniors:

Coaching assignments

The following people were appointed to coaching positions.

For high school sports: Brian Lightner, cross country; Garrett Hiebert coach with assistant Jacob Gouvion, football; Crysta Guhr with assistant Zana Manche, volleyball; Chad Lindeman, golf; Curtis Guhr, Crysta Guhr, Garrett Hie­bert, Joni Smith, and Brian Lightner, track and field.

For junior high sports: Chad Lindeman with assistant Ryan Hoopes, football; Patrick Loganbill with assistant Brittney Hiebert, volleyball; Curtis Guhr with assistant Chad Lindeman, boys’ basketball; Ryan Hoopes with assistant Zana Manche, girls’ basketball; Garett Hiebert with assistant Patrick Loganbill, boys’ basketball; Tom Zogleman with assistant Amy Flaming, girls’ basketball.

Transportation challenge

The board accepted the resignation of Roger Kings­ley, the van driver who took students to classes at New­ton High School that are not offered at Goessel. “He did a very fine job,” Fast said.

The board discussed whether to hire a replacement driver, but made no decision.

Three students are planning to go to Newton this next school year. The board considered the costs of transporting students to Newton and the possibility of students driving themselves.

Duerksen said, “It would be disappointing if a student wanted to go but didn’t have transportation.”

The cost would be $12,000 for a van and driver, but the state would pay less than $3,000 of that amount.

With state budget cuts, Fast said, “We’re cutting our margins tighter and tighter.”

Other business

In other business, the board:

• heard that the auditors had been at the school for three days. Fast said they reported to him: “This is very unusual; we can’t find anything,” no mistakes or inconsistencies. Fast and the board commended Joni Smith for her work.

• heard enrollment is set for Aug. 3 and 4. The first day of sports practice will be Aug. 15, and school starts Aug. 18.

• heard 2016-17 enrollment projections from Fast. A preliminary count shows 19 students in kindergarten, 13 in first grade, 23 in second grade, 23 in third grade, 20 in fourth grade, 20 in fifth grade, 19 in sixth grade, 29 in seventh grade, 20 in eighth grade, 23 freshmen, 25 sophomores, 22 juniors and 15 seniors for a total of 271 students.

Fast said these are “head count” numbers, not full-time equivalent.

• listened to a report from Steven Watkins, the new information technology director. He wants to provide easy-to-maintain equipment and processes and is working to replace broken parts on student computers.

He said he is hoping to reduce costs. He has talked to the telephone company and asked why they are not providing the speed they sold to us.

“That has to be in place before the vendors come out,” he said, noting that the old “firewall” will not support new technology.

TLC Network Solutions will be bringing 10,000 feet of fiber. Fast commended Watkins: “We really appreciate your hard work.”

Watkins is from Wichita and now lives in Hillsboro. He recently worked at Sun­shine Mea­dows in Buhler and previously taught in a computer lab.

• heard that The Learn­ing Consortium will be discontinued after the 2016-17 school year. Fast said a meeting will be held in August to discuss plans for dissolving the consortium.

• heard from Booton that the schools in the Marion County Special Education Cooperative might face increased fees.

• heard that the solar panels had already saved the school district $800.

• approved the purchase of Chromebooks from Two Trees at a cost of $10,914. They mostly will be for freshman students. Fast said Chromebooks cost about one-third the price for lap-tops.

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