February 1, 2015

Jaguars take victory using tight defense

The Pioneer Ridge Middle School seventh grade boys junior varsity basketball team stepped up its defensive effort in the second half to post a 21-15 win at Louisburg Middle School last week.
Louisburg held a one-point, halftime lead, but PRMS …

Lady Blazers lose to Blue Valley Northwest

Battling until the end, the Gardner Edgerton High School lady Blazer basketball team dropped a hard fought 67-53 Eastern Kansas League decision at Blue Valley Northwest High School last week.
GEHS, 3-6, took an early 14-12, first quarter lead, but …

Blazers upset St. Thomas Aquinas, 52-43

Seniors Kyle Hultgren, Brett Wright and Nash Bostwick scored 42 of Gardner Edgerton High School’s 52 points, leading the Blazer basketball squad to a big 52-43 upset of number-one ranked St. Thomas Aquinas.
“I thought our defensive pressure was the …

Gardner encourages citizen engagement; budget forum, interactive class offered

Gardner city staff
Residents have an opportunity to provide input on the 2016 budget Jan. 22, and Gardner will also host a “Citizens Academy” to provide information on how local governments work.
This year, the city is focusing on creating …

District adopts policy to protect student data

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
USD 231 parents will have to opt in to allow their children to take part in informational surveys. Until recently, parents opted out instead of opting in, but a state law, effective last July, required the change.…

Board offers long-term contract to Stranathan

Pam Stranathan

Pam Stranathan

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Pam Stranathan is no longer “interim” superintendent. Members of the USD 231 Board of Education approved a two-year contract giving Stranathan the top job in the district through at least 2017.
After more than an …

Tech upgrades around the district

USD 231 technology staff made upgrades to the school district network recently. Technology staff spliced and re-routed fiber and phone lines into the district administration building. The re-route was necessary due to water leaking into the building, a memo from …

District may realize savings by bond resale

USD 231 may be able to save up to $1.5 million by calling, or refinancing, bonds used to build Pioneer Ridge Middle School, according to a memo from Jeremy McFadden, district finance director, to school board members.
The bonds, issued …

Kindergarten ’round-up’ scheduled

To help families prepare for kindergarten and to allow the district to plan for the upcoming school year, all elementary schools host the annual Kindergarten Round Up for incoming kindergarten students. Kindergarten Round Up this year will be held at …

Registered voters receive LOB mail-in ballots

A USD 231 staff member unstacks chairs prior to the opening of Grand Star Elementary. District officials have promised that additional revenues raised locally would go directly to the classroom. File photo

A USD 231 staff member unstacks chairs prior to the opening of Grand Star Elementary. District officials have promised that additional revenues raised locally would go directly to the classroom. File photo

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
USD 231 officials have spent …