July 31, 2014

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

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

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 …

USD 231 bus rolls over

A Gardner Edgerton School District bus collided with an SUV and rolled over at about 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 6.

The wreck occurred near Gardner Road and 223rd Street.  Sgt. Mike Early of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office said …

School board terminates superintendent, other administrators

A narrow majority of the Gardner Edgerton School Board voted to terminate the superintendent, Bill Gilhaus; the executive director of education services, Christy Ziegler; and the executive director of human resources and administrative services, Lana Gerber. The same narrow majority, …

Chamber changes its name

The Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce is changing its name. In the future, the chamber will be called the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Johnson County.
Members of the chamber board of directors announced the change during the organization’s annual …

Special school board meeting set for Feb. 27

The USD 231 Gardner Edgerton Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Feb. 27. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday evening in the board of education room, 231 E. Madison.

The only item on the …

Gardner State of the City Address scheduled

Chris MorrowGardner Mayor Chris Morrow will give a State of the City Address on March 5. The address will outline the city’s accomplishments in 2013 and 2014 opportunities.

The address will be at 8:30 a.m. on March 5 in council chambers.…

Council eliminates 167th Street as truck route

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Despite reaching a consensus on Jan. 21 to eliminate all truck routes within the city of Gardner, council members only mothballed one route, 167th Street, during a Feb. 3 meeting.
Public works director Brian Faust offered two …