Goessel School Board hears Marion County Special Education Cooperative report

The Goessel school board met on February 10 and heard a Marion County Special Education Cooperative report from the director, Dr. David Sheppard. He said that 50 students in Goessel are receiving services from MCSEC, some only a small amount of services and others a substantial amount. He said MCSEC works with students who are developmentally and learning disabled, as well as those with autism and impaired speech. MCSEC also works with gifted students.

Sheppard mentioned the Project Search program that places students in internship situations. “It has done what we projected it to do,” he said. Bryant Miller, who is the Goessel school board representative on the MCSEC board, said the Project Search students are involved in two or three internships throughout the year, and some receive job offers following their internships. He said MCSEC is looking at job sites in the community, although transportation can be a limitation.

Goessel’s superintendent/elementary school principal, Dr. John Fast, commended Sheppard and his staff for their work: “We are pleased with the staff you send to us.”

Turning their attention to another matter, the board listened to Jake Napper of K12ITC (K-12 Information Technology Company). It is located in Kansas City. Napper said the company has been in existence for 10 years, and he has been with the company for almost six years, although he grew up at Sedgwick.

Napper talked about the services provided by K12ITC, remote and on-site technical support for schools. He said teachers would contact him directly; they would not have to contact the school office.

The board approved a five-year agreement with K12ITC for $39,989.44 per year, plus a one-time Albert set-up fee of $6,000. The definition of Albert is a “new genius partner in managing school technology infrastructure.”

In other business, the board:

* accepted the resignation of Steve Watkins, technology director. He divided his time between Goessel and Moundridge schools and has worked for the two schools for a number of years. Fast commended Watkins for his work: “He has provided outstanding service to the students and staff in both districts and will be greatly missed.” Watkins is leaving to work for a digital office programming company in Wichita.

* approved the resignation of Brian Lightner as cross country coach. Lightner will retain his other responsibilities: math teacher, track coach, and athletic director.

* noted Maryanne Esau, who is working on her building-level license and is completing an internship at the school.

* approved the junior high incentive trip to Worlds of Fun on May 8.

* approved the 8th grade trip to Steamboat Arabia on May 13 with teacher Chad Lindeman.

* listened to Susie Kliewer of Parents As Teachers. She said the PAT staff made 732 personal visits in Marion County last year. Fast said that Goessel’s Early Childhood Education Family Night is scheduled for April 3. He expressed appreciation for the work of PAT.

* approved the purchase of an inflatable high jump mat from Inflate-And-Go for $6,215. It will require a concrete pad. Junior high/high school principal Scott Boden said it would be used at the second high jump area. Goessel is hosting a number of track meets, and a second high jump will reduce waiting time for that event.

* approved the purchase of a tuba from Senseney Music for $9,202. Fast said it should last 15 or 20 years or more.

* approved the purchase of a utility tractor from Moundridge Tractor with a pallet fork and box blade. After trade-in, the cost will be $14,825.

* approved the sale of bus #2 on Purple Wave.