January 25, 2015

University updates

Bethany College
Layne Gilliland and Anna King, both of Spring Hill, are named to the fall 2014 Bethany College Dean’s list.
The pair joins more than 180 other students in the honor. To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time and …

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 …

SH district teachers earn prestigious state honors

Jamie Droegemeier teaches math at Spring Hill Middle School. He recently learned he was one of 16 secondary education teachers to earn a statewide distinction. Submitted photo

Jamie Droegemeier teaches math at Spring Hill Middle School. He recently learned he was one of 16 secondary education teachers to earn a statewide distinction. Submitted photo

The Kansas State Department of Education notified the district’s Horizon Award winners that …

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 …

Story Time

 Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

The Edgerton Bank of Knowledge, or the Edgerton Branch of the Johnson County Library, hosted a family story time event on Jan. 10. While there are no other story time events scheduled in Edgerton this …

4 charged with murder in Gardner man’s death

Staff photo by Brandon Humble

Staff photo by Brandon Humble

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
One suspect has appeared in court and another was released from the hospital following a robbery attempt in Shawnee that ended with the death of a Gardner man last week.
Jon Bieker, …

Teacher contract negotiations set

The teachers union and Gardner Edgerton School District officials will exchange a list of items to be considered during contract negotiations. Each side will offer its list of items to the other no later than Feb. 1.
According to a …