Goessel OKs track for 6th-graders

The Goessel school board approved at its May 10 meeting the inclusion ofsixth-graders in junior high track.

Mar Grout, junior/senior high school principal, sixth graders are already included in junior high volleyball and basketball.

?We would like to have the option to include sixth graders (in track) next year so they?re not left out of spring activities,? he said.

The board approved Grout?s recommendation to include sixth-graders. He said sixth-grade participation would be reviewed on a year-to-year basis.

Teacher presentation

The board listened to a presentation by Mary Schmidt, Title I teacher, a position that is 75 percent federally funded. She said this is her 33rd year teaching at Goessel Elementary School, her eighth year in her current position.

?Helping children understand reading and math is a pretty good way to spend my day,? she said. ?I enjoy working with children one-on-one and in small groups.?

Schmidt said she works the most with first- and second-graders, but she also helps with kindergarten, third, fourth and fifth grades, especially with math, reading and writing. She is in charge of reading testing and uses the ?Dibbles? testing system, which only costs $1 per student per year.

Schmidt said her main goal is to help raise the reading level of each student.

?Reading takes practice,? she said.

Schmidt also helps students review and prepare for assessment tests.

?Due to the pressure of assessments,? she said, ?school just isn?t the same as it used to be.?

Schmidt is also part of the Student Improvement Team, which reviews the needs of each student and makes individualized learning plans.

She said reading night is a highlight that she plans with elementary school librarian Russell Pauls. More than 100 families participated this year, and a meal was included. The theme was centered on ?Clifford the Big Red Dog.?

Other business

In other business, the board:

? approved the resignation of Susie Bedford, family and consumer science teacher and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America sponsor.

Superintendent John Fast said Bedford is looking for work closer to home.

?She?s done a good job for us and worked very hard,? Fast said.

The board approved the recommendation to make a change when a new person is hired for that position. Instead of an eight-tenths position, FACS will become a six-tenths position.

? also approved the resignation of Claire Overstake, junior high science and math teacher. Her husband is changing jobs, and they are moving to Missouri.

Consequently, the board also approved Overstake?s resignation as junior high SIT team chair and as a high school Scholar?s Bowl coach.

?She?s been an excellent teacher for us,? Grout said. ?We?ll miss her.?

? approved a contract title change for Debbie Hughbanks, junior/senior high school librarian. Her title will now be ?media specialist? and she will continue as the yearbook adviser. Her time is divided eight-tenths media specialist and two-tenths yearbook adviser.

? approved the resignation of Ilona Abrahams as a junior high Quiz Bowl coach.

? approved the resignation of Sheri Janzen as a forensics coach,and voted to hire Derrick Bird?sell for that position.

? heard from Grout that some athletic coaching positions need to be filled.

? heard from Fast that more than $2,100 in donations was received at the band/choir barbecue fundraiser concert May 6. The money is used for an out-of-state contest trip every four years.

? heard Fast report that 28.5 percent of the general fund is still left, which is about the same as last year.

?Basically, we?re doing all right,? he said.

? approved the purchase of 52 refurbished desktop computers, 52 Dell monitors and nine laptop computers, for a total of $21,972, to be paid from the capital outlay fund.

The plan is to have the computers installed by the time school starts in August. In order to accomplish that goal, the board approved hiring Joe Biggs, K-6 physical education/health teacher, to help set them up.

? heard that the computer lab at the grade school will be switched with the health room to give the younger children easier access to the computer lab.

? entered into executive session to discuss the Marion County Special Education Cooperative. Back in open session, board member Dan Miller reported, ?Everyone on the (MCSEC) board is working hard to bring a new director on board.?

? heard from board member Darla Meysing that The Learning Consortium board meeting had been canceled because of bad weather.

? entered into executive session with Jim Gilmore, attorney representing Wray Roofing, to discuss the school?s options for roofing replacement that the insurance company refuses to pay. School roofs sustained damage in the hail storm of July 2009.

In open session, the board voted to ask the school?s attorney to consult with Gilmore to review Goessel?s situation and provide advice.

Grout described a leak in the roof at the junior/senior high school and said buckets were needed to catch the water during the recent rain.

? approved the use of a school bus to transport junior high students to Camp Wa-Shun-Ga, according to the same arrangement as previous years.

? discussed board duties at upcoming graduations. Fast said the board president (Mary Rosfeld) usually passes out diplomas at high school graduation, and the vice president (Dan Miller) passes out certificates at the junior high graduation.

But this year, he said, that would be reversed because Miller?s son will be graduating from high school.

? heard from Fast that the garden project is progressing and will continue with Joyful Noise Day Care in summer.

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