Wray contribution pays for new scoreboard at Goessel football field

Kevin and Kathy Wray of Wray Roofing Inc. presented the Goessel school board with a $12,000 check for a new football scoreboard during the board?s Sept. 13 meeting. The current scoreboard had been damaged by hail. The check from the Wrays will cover the cost of the new scoreboard. Wray offered to donate use of his crane to help with installation. Superintendent John Fast said the goal is to have the new scoreboard installed before the end of football season. Wray had helped the school in the quest to obtain insurance money for extensive hail damage to the school buildings in the July 9, 2009, storm. It took more than a year to come to a settlement with the insurance company, and some roof leaks had developed in the meantime. ?It?s been an interesting 15 months,? Wray said. ?It was a real journey for us.? Wray and his attorney, Jim Gillmore, had helped the school in the quest for an insurance settlement. ?We worked as a team,? Wray said, commending Fast and Gillmore for their work on the matter and the school board for their ?unity and passion.? He also commended the school?s custodians, Londell Duerksen and Tony Martinez. Fast returned the praise: ?The credit goes to you, Mr. Wray.? Fast noted crews who were on the roofing job before 7 a.m. until 8 or 9 p.m. in 107-degree heat. Marc Grout, junior/senior high school principal, commented how quickly the workers accomplished the job. ?We brought in the dream team,? Wray said. Wray noted a few details to finish, such as installing vent caps and putting up the fire ladders. ?We?re pretty well there,? he said. Wray said the new roof has a class ?A? fire rating will prevent water from ?weeping? into the bricks. Smart Board use Turning their attention to another matter, the board went to the fourth-grade classroom for a demonstration of the new ?Smart Board? fourth-grade teacher Tom Krehbiel. He showed the school board numerous uses for system, including graphs, coordinates, maps, protractor and compass, input/output, drawing straight lines, math (including trigonometry, geometry, and algebra), science, fossils, longitude and latitude and online frog dissection. Krehbiel had already used it to teach logic with a game that can be customized to teach math and other subjects. Fast said he had heard fourth-graders talk about the Smart Board ?longidude? lesson when they boarded the bus after school. As for online frog dissection, Fast said, ?It doesn?t smell like formaldehyde. Krehbiel showed how students can use a Smart Board ?scalpel? to peel away layers of a frog to look inside its body. He also explained how the Smart Board is useful in integrating lessons, such as logging greenhouse plant experiences in science journals. A Smart Board cash register allows children to learn how to count change for money transactions. The Smart Board can access the Internet for information, and textbooks can be downloaded to the Smart Board. It has a ?live? clock with exact time. It also has a timer and a buzzer. Chet Roberts, business administrator, asked if it aligns with state assessments. Krehbiel and Fast both said that it does. Krehbiel explained some of his goals, including video, sound, animation, hyperlinks, downloading textbooks, and expanding files. ?It?s amazing what you can do,? he said. Fast added, ?It holds kids? attention. They?re in the electronic age.? Fast commended Krehbiel as the smart-board ?pioneer? in the elementary building. ?He had a four-day course,? Fast said. ?In this short amount of time, he?s become adept at it.? It was noted that the Smart Board requires two computers to run it since the units are both old. Board member Darla Meysing asked if other teachers want a Smart Board now. Fast said he has received three more requests. Board member James Wiens said, ?This is very nice.? He teaches in Newton and said he appreciates using a Smart Board every day. Krehbiel thanked the school board for the Smart Board and showed a picture of the fourth-grade class holding letters that spelled ?Thank you.? Other business In other business, the board: n expressed appreciation for crossing-guard volunteers. n went for a short drive in the school?s slightly used white activity bus. It has 8,000 miles. It has air conditioning and seatbelts. Fast said the bus had already been used for cross country and junior varsity football. He said sponsors could drive the bus, but the regular bus drivers are also willing to drive it. n voted to approve maternity leave for Renae Peters, who teaches grades six through 12 vocal music. Julie Krehbiel will be the substitute teacher during that time. n voted to increase Gina Bergin?s contract to three-quarter time due to increased course demand and the addition of parenting and child-development classes. Bergin is the family and consumer science teacher and the Family Career and Commun?ity Leaders of America sponsor. n approved a request by Bergin and six of her students to use of the school?s Suburban to attend a national out-of-state FCCLA convention in St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 4-7. Twenty-six students are enrolled in FCCLA this year, and seven of them can go to the convention. Grout said that FCCLA students are ?doing a lot of fund-raising.? n approved the FFA request to attend the national convention. n heard that the band would perform at the State Fair in Hutchinson. n noted that school enrollment is down by nine students this year. Class sizes range from 15 to 25 students, for a total of 256 students. n heard from Fast, ?We are really pleased with our gardening project.? He said it provides nutrition, science and teamwork lessons. He commended elementary school cooks Sandra Duerksen and Janice Voth for using the garden produce in school lunches, especially cucumbers, cantaloupe and squash. n approved repairs to the track, high-jump pit and long jump runways. Fast said the high-jump pit is old and in bad shape. n approved the purchase of 20 laptop computers for $626 each, a total of $12,520. They will be used in the high school English room. n heard from Mary Rosfeld, board chair who also is the extended learning teacher, that ELP students are participating in a county-wide service project to collect school supplies for children in Iraq and Afghanistan. n heard from Fast that 18 to 20 students have been participating in the breakfast program. n heard from Fast that the weather lab is 13 years old and has been updated.

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