USD 411 calendar changes approved

Staff writer

Goessel board of education approved a major calendar change for the month of October when they met on Monday. The board voted to move the teacher in-service/workday from Oct. 11 to Oct. 18 to coincide with the conclusion of the district’s first quarter.

The board also voted to move parent teacher conferences from Oct. 21 to Oct. 24

“The 11th and the 21st will be left as regular school days,” Superintendent Dr. John Fast said. “The Wheat State League has a junior high volleyball tournament scheduled for the 21st and we don’t want to disrupt any of the students’ or parents’ schedules.”

Fast noted that he was absent from this month’s meeting because he was attending a funeral.

However, Fast said new band director Scott Taylor attended and introduced himself to the board for the first time. Taylor gave a presentation about himself and his goals and aspirations for the class, Fast said. Taylor also spoke about the trip to Dallas, Texas the band will take this year to compete against bands from all over the country.

In other business, the board approved the following positions:

  • Andrew Voth — assistant scholar’s bowl coach and assistant to the director of the school play.
  • Donna O’Neill — assistant to director of the school play.
  • Travis Duerksen — forensics coach.

Suzanne Meier also was approved for 10 hours per week of tutoring for students in need at Goessel elementary school.

The board heard reports for elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Kelly Booton also gave a Marion County Special Education report in which he talked about the coming improvements to the heating and cooling systems in the MCSEC building.

A facilities report was also given on Monday. Fast said school officials will meet with Josh Walker of Loyd Builders today to examine final blue prints for Goessel’s new addition. Fast said bidding invitations will be sent out this month and he hopes construction will start in October.

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