Goessel school board votes repair running track

The Goessel school board decided at its Jan. 8 meeting to repair its running track for a cost of $152,082.

At last month’s meeting, the board had discussed the needs and various options with Brian Lightner, athletic director. Lightner showed pictures of cracks on the track and noted other issues.

The track was built in 2003 with only a small amount of maintenance in the years since then. Light­ner presented extensive research: He had gone to other schools to look at tracks, and he had contacted local and national contractors and shared data with the board.

At the January meeting, the board decided to hire United Sport Systems of Wichita to repair the track. The plan is to strip off the current surface. Large cracks will be repaired by milling down the asphalt to the base and then installing new asphalt. Smaller cracks will be filled with a latex resin. The plan is to do that work early this summer.

The current long jump runway and the high jump pad will also be stripped and resurfaced. A drainage system will be installed in the jumping pits. The plan also calls for adding a 200-foot runway with jumping pits on the ends. It will be installed north of the track, just south of the windbreak trees.

John Fast, superintendent and K-5 principal, thanked Lightner for his work on the project.

On another matter, the board approved an out-of-state band/choir trip to Dallas, Texas, to participate in a music competition in spring. Board members discussed financing the trip and noted that the school board only helps with some of the transportation funding like it does for other trips.

Scott Boden, junior high/high school principal, said some fundraisers are planned, in addition to the annual spring barbecue concert. Students pay some of the cost themselves. Seventy-nine students plan to participate.

Other business

In other business, the board:

◼ installed Pat Flaming and Ben Schrag as new board members, filling the positions of James Wiens and Lynnette Duerksen, who did not run for re-election. Bryant Miller had been installed earlier as a new board member, filling the unexpired term of his father, Dan Miller.

◼ expressed appreciation for a $250 anonymous donation to be used “where most needed.”

◼ heard from Boden that basketball and Scholars Bowl are “in full swing,” with multiple events every week. He expressed gratitude to staff and community volunteers who help events run smoothly.

◼ listened to Boden explain work that had been done at the junior high/high school building with the heat exchanger in the furnace and duct work that will be done to prevent further issues.

◼ heard about school improvement day plans for Jan. 15 that would include state assessment planning, continued work on goal setting and action planning for accreditation, career pathway updates, and student improvement planning.

◼ heard that Barbara Gannaway from the state department would be coming on school improvement day. She plans to focus her presentation at the elementary school on building strong community and parent relations.

◼ heard that Goessel will host a Scholars Bowl tournament Jan. 20.

◼ heard about the Marion County Spelling Bee scheduled for Feb. 7 at Peabody.

◼ heard from Fast about the excellent attendance at the elementary school Christmas program. He said 125 people had attended in the morning and 375 in the evening.

◼ heard about plans to visit state legislators in Topeka in February or March, although a specific date has not been set yet.

◼ reviewed the proposed calendar for next school year.

◼ heard of boardsmanship meetings that were planned for Topeka.

◼ approved disposal of old computers to be recycled.