April 18, 2014

Five Blazers make District I Championship Tournament

Gardner Edgerton High School  senior Dustin Williams  won the 160-pound division for Kansas vs. Missouri in the 2104 Metro Classic at Kansas City Kansas Community College March 11. Photo courtesy of Shonda Burger

Five Blazers advanced to the District I Olathe East Championship tournament after posting qualifying marks at the sub-district tourney, March 16.
The Blazers were competing for the East Kansas Wrestling Club. Earning a gold medal in the 160-pound division was …

Broncos optimistic about baseball season

The Spring Hill High School baseball squad lost Zach Girrens, a pitcher and first baseman; Luke Johnson, a pitcher and short stop; and left fielder Corey Spader to graduation last year, but a strong group of underclassmen have given coach …

Lady Blazer track season begins at SMS Invitational

Despite the loss of Cassie Wait and Danie Plank, GEHS veteran coach Larry Ward remains optimistic about the upcoming track season.
A year ago, Wait set a state record pole vault of 13’2” and Plank won her fourth straight state …

Kids do art to sponsor Ethiopian school kids

Kalyn Willingham, 7; Preston Graber, 8; Makenna Graber, 5; and Naomi Graber, 6; all of Gardner, pose with art projects they sold to raise money to sponsor school children in Ethiopia. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Shonda Dietz’ passion for a Lifesong project to build a school and sponsor children in Ethiopia is contagious, especially to children.
Four local students have caught the bug, raising money to help build a school and sponsor …

Edgerton Elementary to dedicate recess cart

Joyce Higginbotham

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton Elementary School is planning on honoring long-time teacher’s aide, Joyce Higginbotham.
Higginbotham, who passed away at age 62 on Feb. 23, worked at Edgerton Elementary for more than 25 years. One of …

Court orders state of Kansas to increase school funding by July 1

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.…

USD 231 pays board member for some services

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 …

State representative files complaint against USD 231 school attorney

Bill Sutton

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Rep. 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 is a state agency in the judicial branch working under the …

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 …