Goessel school board welcomes new staff members

Cheerleading program approved

Staff writer

Goessel school board approved the addition of four new staff members to the district Monday night at the board meeting.

Patrick Loganbill, Brian Lightner, Garrett Hiebert, and Beth Ratzloff will all join the teaching staff for the next school year.

Loganbill will be teaching elementary students’ physical education and provide computer lab assistance. He will also be the new assistant coach for the boy’s junior high basketball team and a sponsor for student council.

Longanbill grew up in Wichita and graduated from Bethel College last year. He is currently a volunteer long-term substitute teacher at a school in Bogota, Colombia. He speaks Spanish fluently.

Lightner will be splitting his time between teaching high school math and being Goessel’s new athletic director. He will also log time as the cross-country coach.

Lightner grew up in Inman, graduated from Tabor College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and received his master’s degree in education from Fort Hays. He has also taught math at Peabody-Burns for the past eight years.

Hiebert will also teach high school math but he will provide instruction in business classes and serve as a high school football coach.

Hiebert grew up in Goessel and graduated from Bethel College with a degree in business. He is currently finishing his transition to teaching program certification.

Ratzloff will be the new family and consumer science teacher. She grew up in Hiawatha and earned a degree in health services from Pittsburg State University.

She is currently a para in Sedgwick and is enrolled in the transition to teaching program through Fort Hays State University.

In other business

  • After lengthy discussion, the board approved adding a cheerleading program for next school year.
  • The board also approved the use of a bus for the Washunga Days festival in Council Grove.
  • Board members also went into a brief executive session to discuss the meet and confer program. No action was taken.

The next board meeting is scheduled for June 23.

 

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