Goessel school board updated on supplementary contracts


The Goessel school board heard at its May 22 meeting that most of the supplemental contracts have been filled for the 2012-13 school year.

Scott Boden, junior/senior high school principal, informed the board of the roster.

Class sponsors are: Curtis Guhr, freshman; Donna O’Neill, sophomore; Brittany Dirksen, junior; Wes Schmidt-Tieszen, senior.

Organization sponsors include: Gina Bergin, FCCLA; Zana Manche, FFA; Joanna Mays, high school student council; Chad Lindeman, junior high student council.

Schmidt-Tieszen will continue as the head junior high Quiz Bowl and high school Scholar’s Bowl coach. Bergin will be the assistant Scholar”s Bowl coach. No forensics coach has been named.

Debi Hughbanks will continue as the yearbook sponsor. Renae Peters will direct the high school musical.

Crysta Guhr will head the high school student improvement team, Brittany Dirksen will lead the junior high SIT. An elementary SIT chairperson has not been named. Janna Duerk­sen was named PDC chair.

On the athletics front, Tyler Schroeder will continue as activities director. Ryan Hoopes will organize concessions.

Schroeder will be the head high school cross-country coach, and Chad Lindeman will be the head high school golf coach.

Crysta Guhr will be the high school head volleyball coach, assisted by Joanna Mays. Susan Saunders will be the junior high head coach, assisted by Zana Manche.

Garret Hiebert will be head coach for high school football, assisted by Joe Biggs. The junior high coach will be Linde­man.

Curtis Guhr will be the high school head coach for boys, assisted by Lindeman. Hoopes will lead the girls’ program, assisted by Joanna Mays.

The head coach for junior high boys will be Garrett Hiebert, assisted by Justin Regehr. Biggs will lead the girls’ team, assisted by Brittany Dirksen.

Assistant coaches for track and field will be Crysta Guhr, Curtis Guhr, Hiebert, Hoopes and Saunders.

Adding a teacher

The board discussed the “unique needs” of the third grade class. Superintendent John Fast said the class currently has 30 students.

As a result of conversations with third-grade teacher Dale Wiens, Fast suggested that a full-time split would be best for the children, although he acknowledged that money needs to be considered.

As second-graders, the class was split for part of the day, with Lynda Schroeder as the part-time teacher. Schroeder will be leaving that position to teach family and consumer science at Buhler. The board approved her resignation.

Fast said that until third grade, children are still learning to read, as opposed to reading to learn by fourth grade. He said it takes a lot of teacher involvement to teach reading. If the third-grade class is split, he added, the second teacher would be determined on a year-by-year basis, and it would be “potentially a temporary situation.”

The children would all be together for recess, art, lunch, music and field trips.

Board member Darla Meysing said she had heard of behavior needs.

Boden has a child in that class, as well as board member Eric Schrag, whose twin sons are in the class. This year the class was split for half of the day, and Schrag said his sons valued the smaller class.

Fast had also heard positive comments about the split.

Fast recommended a full-time third-grade split for the 2012-13 school year but said he was open to the board’s wishes. He asked for the board’s permission to “embark on a search to identify a candidate.” But if a suitable candidate cannot be found, Fast asked for permission to search for a full-time aide.

The board voted to authorize the search for a second full-time teacher for the 2012-13 third-grade class.

Other business

In other business, the board:

• approved resignations in addition to Schroeder: Sarah Simington, bus driver; Gina Bergin, junior class sponsor; and Debbie Hughbanks, assistant play director. Bergin and Hughbanks will retain their other responsibilities.

• hired Brittany Dirksen for the middle school language arts teaching position. Dirksen is a 2007 Goessel High School graduate who also graduated from Bethel College. She is certified to teach K-8 and has a language arts special endorsement. She worked previously at the Urban Life Center in Chicago.

• voted to allow $600 per student for those attending National FCCLA Leadership Conference and National History Day contest this summer.

• heard of successes in golf and track.

• heard plans for summer school, which will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thurs­day, July 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26.

Fast said more than 20 students in kindergarten through third grade are enrolled. The theme is “The Amazing Race.” Sheri Janzen and Mary Schmidt will be the teachers.

• approved disposing of the old junior high lockers by selling them for $5 each.

• listened to Boden’s appreciation for his first year at Goessel. He said he has appreciated support from staff.

• heard that the grade school industrial refrigerator quit two days before the end of school. Fast said the appliance dates back to the mid-1970s. Parts are no longer available; consequently, it needs to be replaced. He estimates the cost to be about $6,000.

• heard board member Kelly Booton report on the Marion County Special Education Cooperative. He said funding seems to be adequate and that David Sheppard is “doing a very good job” as executive director.

Booton said the co-op has 46 certified staff and 90 classified staff.

• heard from Meysing that The Learning Consortium is “running smoothly.”

• heard board member James Wiens report in his a legislative update, “We’re going to face issues” at the local level and across the county, he said. A KPERS retirement compromise will affect new teachers starting in 2015.

“It’s hard to know what to count on,” he said, mentioning possible school funding cuts after next year. “They’re going to put it back on us” with local tax increases, he said.

• heard that bus No. 4, a 1994 model, needs to be replaced. Fast is working on bus bids. He said the older buses have “lots of problems,” but the three newest ones are good.

• heard that Fast is going room to room working on a video inventory to be kept in the bank safe in case of a tornado. “We hope we never have to rely on that,” he said.

• heard Fast offer “cautious optimism that we will close the year out well” financially.

• changed the date of the June meeting to June 19. Fast plans to participate in Bike Across Kansas the second week of June.

• met in two executive sessions but had nothing to report to the public in open session.


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