Goessel school board reorganizes, sets student fees for 2017-18 year

The USD 411-Goessel school board accepted a donation from the Robert and Ina Mae Nason Memorial at its July 10 meeting. Their grandsons are Goessel graduates.

John Fast, superintendent and K-5 principal, expressed appreciation for the donation.

“We appreciate the opportunities this will provide to students who may need a little extra support in programs such as FFA, Elbiata, and basketball,” he said.

“The board wishes to thank Allen and Raelene Makovec and their extended family for their support of USD 411 through the Nason Memorial Fund.”

Board reorga•izatio•

The board reorganized for the new fiscal year. Board members were appointed to the following duties: board president, Kelly Booton; vice-president, Maynard Knepp; meet and confer, Knepp and Lynnette Duerksen; The Learning Consortium, Darla Meysing; Marion County Special Education Cooperative, Booton, with Kyle Funk as substitute; legislative liaison, James Wiens.

Bryant Miller was appointed as a new board member; he is filling the unexpired term of his father, Dan Miller, who died this spring.

Joni Smith was re-appointed board clerk, with Denise Nickel and Debbie Schrag alternate clerks. Peggy Jay was reappointed board treasurer and Brian Bina school board attorney.

Fast was reappointed coordinator for Title VI and IX, which refer to government guidelines for fairness to everyone regardless of race or gender. He also is the Section 504 coordinator, which refers to guidelines for accommodating students with medical, physical or emotional needs.

Fast also is the food service representative and homeless coordinator officer, in addition to other duties.

Meals a•d fees

Scott Boden, junior high and high school principal, is the hearing officer for free and reduced meal applications.

As part of the consent agenda, the board approved these school meal prices: breakfast $1.45 (reduced rate 30 cents, adult $2.10), lunch for grade school students $2.55 (reduced rate 40 cents), lunch for high school students $2.75 (reduced rate 40 cents) and adult lunch rate $3.60, extra milk 40 cents, kindergarten milk 15 cents.

The board also approved student fees as part of the consent agenda as follows: kindergarten books and materials $20, book rental for grades one through five $35, grade five planner $4.70, skate fee for physical education $7, elementary yearbook (optional) $13.

Student fees for grades 6-12 are as follows: book rental $45; high school nutri­tion/wellness $15 per semester; art $15 a semester; food science $15 a semester; culinary essentials $15 a semester; principles of illustration $15; photo imaging $15; floriculture/greenhouse $20; calculator $15; high school chemistry $10; animal science $20; ag mechanics $30; physics $20; health/physical education $7; band $10; choir $10; Elbiata $10; laptop for take-home use $50; optional insurance for laptop $25.

Graduatio• requireme•ts

High school graduation requirements were included in the consent agenda: 28 total units, including four units of language arts, three units of social studies (including one unit of American history and one-half unit of government), three units of science, three units of mathematics, one-half unit of health, one-half unit of physical education, and one unit of fine arts.

Fast said at the grade school, “We meet or exceed all state requirements for minutes to be taught in all subject areas,” including reading, math, writing, English, physical education, music and art.

Other busi•ess

In other business, the board:

n heard enrollment projections for the coming school year: kindergarten 15, first grade 21, second grade 14, third grade 23, fourth grade 23, fifth grade 20, sixth grade 22, seventh grade 18, eighth grade 33, freshman class 22, sophomore class 22, junior class 27, and seniors 20, for a total of 280 students.

The count indicates 116 elementary students, 73 junior high students and 91 high school students.

n voted to hire Daven (Tony) Girard as a high school custodian and substitute bus driver. He will begin his custodian duties Aug. 1.

n discussed a van and what details to look for.

n heard that new carpet has been installed in the high school band/choir room. It is water-resistant and should be easier to care.

n heard that both the junior high and high school gyms now have new lighting. Fast said it is very nice in both gyms.

n heard of summer projects at the elementary school, such as new tile in the food storage room.

n discussed the school’s wellness plan. In response to a question from Wiens, Fast said the wellness committee would like to expand and include the community.

Smith said the school’s weight room cannot be offered to the public because of insurance issues. She said the equipment in the weight room is based on anaerobic exercise, not aerobic.

n heard a MCSEC report from Booton. Meysing asked if all the positions are filled. Fast said all the Goessel positions are filled.

n discussed wording for designating a bus pick-up location for out-of-district students.

n heard from Meysing that The Learning Consor­tium in-person meeting will be in August.

n voted to continue membership with Kansas Asso­cia­tion of School Boards.

n approved the Parents As Teachers assessment of $5,338.