Goessel school board hears of district?s technology plan

 

Goessel Superintendent and K-5 Principal John Fast told the Goessel school board at its April 14 meeting that the deadline for renewing the school?s technology plan is in June.

Fast and Scott Boden, grades 6-12 principal, outlined the technology currently available to students.

Laptop computers are assigned to high school students. Boden said high school students who pay a technology fee are allowed to take their laptop computer home.

However, Boden told the board, ?Right now in the middle school, we have left-over? computers that have been ?cobbled? together.

Although some new laptop computers have been purchased for the middle school, more are needed. Boden said the school is hoping to buy laptop computers in the $300 price range, with the goal of making technology available to students anywhere in the building.

Middle school laptops would be used only at school and would not be available to take home.

Board member James Wiens had visited large and small schools to see the technology that they use.

?A lot of schools are trying to be consistent through?out the district,? he said. ?The portability factor is important.?

Fast listed recent technology accomplishments. He said new laptops have been purchased for the fourth- and fifth-grade students, with more than half of the cost covered by Red Wheel food sales.

He also mentioned the ?one-to-one? computer initiative for high school students.

Fast said the interactive television equipment for high school students has been upgraded, and new projectors are available in several rooms. New smart?boards have been installed.

Fast said the school upgraded the wireless infrastructure, installed a new network filter system, and increased the bandwidth.

The Lexia reading program was implemented at the elementary school.

According to Fast, staff received in-service training on social media, and they have received training on Study Island.

The school?s technology committee consists of the following school staff: Chad Lindeman, Denise Nickel, Tyler Schroeder, Dale Wiens, Allison Krehbiel, Russell Pauls, Ryan Hoopes, Joe Biggs, Nathan Graber, Boden and Fast.

In addition, three members from the community also are on the committee: John Goerzen, Russ Francis and Doug Wagner.

FACT and PAT

Turning its attention to other matters, the board listened to presentations by Ashley Gann of Families and Communities Together (FACT) and Lori Soo Hoo of Parents as Teachers (PAT).

Gann said FACT is an umbrella non-profit organization for programs that address mental health, under-age drinking issues, healthy behaviors for teen-agers and conscious discipline.

Gann said FACT helps families in emergency situations, such as medical and heating needs. FACT also helps with medications, glasses and counseling, and provides preschool scholarships.

Gann said Circles of Marion County has planned a poverty simulation for May 3. She encouraged administrators and staff to participate.

?The need across the county is going up,? Fast said, and expressed appreciation for FACT?s work.

FACT is funded mostly by grants, with some money from schools. The board approve a $2,500 contribution to FACT.

Soo Hoo described PAT as ?an arm of your school district? that serves the youngest members of the district. She said PAT expands knowledge, confidence, ability and action.

Soo Hoo 135 children in 113 families were served by PAT last year, and 124 of them received developmental screening. Fifteen of the children in PAT were in the Goessel school district, which also has a waiting list.

Soo Hoo mentioned various resources PAT uses, such as conscious discipline, Growing Great Kids curriculum, developmental screening, the literacy program, dental health curriculum and group activities.

The board approved $3,825 as Goessel?s PAT assessment for 2015. The amount is assessed according to school enrollment.

Other business

In other business, the board:

? approved the resignation of Gina Bergin, who is the high school Family and Consumer Science teacher, seventh-grade science teacher, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America sponsor, assistant high school Scholar?s Bowl coach and Stuco sponsor.

Bergin has taught at Goessel four years. She and her husband have accepted positions at Mission Valley High School.

? approved the resignation of Tyler Schroeder, who has been at Goessel three years. He teaches business and is the athletic director and cross country coach. Schroeder has accepted a full-time position teaching business at Newton High School.

? approved the resignation of Alyssa Kroeker, high school math teacher and head junior high volleyball coach. She has taught at Goessel for one year and is leaving to teach at Hesston High School.

? talked with David Sheppard, Marion County Special Education Coopera?tive director. He commended the Goessel school district for doing a good job.

? heard from Boden that track and golf are under way. He mentioned an art contest and the high school music trip to Dallas.

? listened to a legislative report from Wiens. Fast said schools would have a ?better picture? after the education bill is signed. Finances and due process for teachers were briefly mentioned, but details are not clear at this time.

? talked with D.J. Sims of EMC Insurance. They discussed the ?blanket? limit, liability coverage, cyber lability, identity theft, ?linebacker? coverage?which provides coverage for things that are not tangible?crime, property coverage, computer equipment, worker?s compensation and medical coverage.

The board approved the insurance contract for $61,370. Board member Lynnette Duerksen asked about insurance coverage when someone rents the school building for a non-school function. Sims said they should be required to have their own coverage and should provide proof of insurance.

? heard of technical difficulties with administering state assessment tests. Fast commended counselor Janna Duerksen for her work administering the tests.

? heard that high school teacher and coach Curtis Guhr and assistant athletic director, coach, Stuco sponsor Ryan Hoopes had attended an anti-bullying workshop.

? heard that elementary school students would have a Box Top trip to the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita.

? heard from Boden that the spring concert is May 8, high school commencement is May 10 and eighth-grade promotion is May 14. Board member Maynard Knepp and Miller will hand out high school diplomas, and Kelly Booton will hand out elementary school diplomas.

? approved the senior trip to Kansas City, Mo. The seniors plan to leave Goessel at 7:30 a.m. April 27, and plan to return at 8 p.m. April 28.

? approved an out-of-state trip for FCCLA students and their sponsor.

? approved Kansas Association of School Boards policy updates that contain goals for school administrators, bus use, emergency prevention, drug and alcohol-free work place, Title I program and use of district computers and devices.

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