April 24, 2014

Gardner woman files to represent 43rd District in KS House

Gardner resident Caitlin Trujillo, Democrat, has filed to run for the 43rd District in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Trujillo grew up attending USD 231 schools and is a 2008 graduate of Gardner Edgerton High School. As a student, she …

SH middle school, elementary school put on lockdown

Spring Hill Middle School and Spring Hill Elementary School were on lockdown March 26 as school officials and law enforcement responded to an unknown and unauthorized person who attempted to enter the building.

District officials said students and staff were …

OPINION: Kansas goes Kremlin with arrests, secrecy

Cartoon courtesy of Fred Campbell

Dane Hicks

Guest Columnist

You and your spouse are sitting in your living room watching Laverne &
Shirley re-runs some night when all of a sudden you hear a window break and something that looks like a jelly jar lands …

After appointment to KCC, Apple to resign from Senate

Sen. Pat Apple

Danedri Thompson

dthompson@gardnernews.com

Sen. Pat Apple, who represents the southern part of Gardner and Edgerton in the Kansas Legislature, will take a new role in Topeka. Gov. Sam Brownback named Apple to the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) on March 24. …

Chamber president announces resignation

Danedri Thompson

dthompson@gardnernews.com

Steve Devore, president of the local Chamber of Commerce, will resign from his post effective March 28.

Devore served as chamber president for five years.

“…My tenure with the Chamber of Commerce has been nothing short of …

Board releases official statement on firing of administrators

Danedri Thompson

dthompson@gardnernews.com

The Gardner Edgerton School Board released its official statement on the terminations of former administrators Bill Gilhaus, Lana Gerber and Christy Ziegler.

Board members voted to release a statement about the terminations during a March 10 board …

FBI interview USD 231 administrators

Debbie Hickman & Danedri Thompson
submissions@gardnernews.com
Federal agents visited with USD 231 administrators, including interim-superintendent Pam Stranathan on March 11. A U.S. Department of Justice official and an official from the Kansas Department of Education signed in as guests at …

Board member receives funds from USD 231

James Repshire

Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
More than $61,000 paid to J.R. Electric – a company linked to James Repshire, board member – is disclosed on the USD 231 audit. The audit also indicates Repshire was not involved in …

Court finds school funding inadequate

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
In a unanimous decision, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered the state of Kansas to provide additional funding to public education. The court ruled that the state’s current base state funding, $3,838 per weighted pupil, is not adequate.…

Sutton launches investigation of USD 231 attorney

Bill Sutton

TopekaRep. Bill Sutton, R-Gardner, is requesting that the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator investigate USD 231 board of education attorney W. Joseph Hatley.

The Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s Office works under the direction of the Kansas Supreme Court. The administrator reviews …