February 14, 2016

Finance director no longer with USD 231

Eric Hansen no longer works for USD 231.

Hansen, who worked for the district for more than 15 years, served as USD 231’s finance and business director.

Leann Northway, district communications director, said she could not comment as his departure is a personnel issue. However, she confirmed that Hansen is no longer with the Gardner Edgerton School District.

Hansen was unavailable for comment.

–Danedri Thompson


  1. Just like the recent school bond, we are not being told the *whole* truth by USD231… again. Gardner can do better!

  2. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    Allow me to make a wild guess here on Mr Hansen’s replacement. Our current Director of Facilities and Operations came to USD231 one year ago, after serving seven years as Executive Director of Business and Financial Services for the Olathe School District.

  3. Judith Rogers says:

    What goes around, comes around………………….it doesn’t pay to go along to get along………..many need to be held accountable and responsible and I would say starting at the top would be a good place……………..

  4. Judith Rogers says:

    And I certainly don’t believe double and triple dippers are working for me, an average citizen………

  5. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    With no reason yet given for Eric Hansen’s unceremonious departure, I did some research on the employment ballet going on during the past three years at USD231.

    Tim Yoho was Deputy Superintendent of Gardner Edgerton schools when Dr. Bill Gilhaus was hired in August 2004 to succeed the retiring superintendent, Dr. John Hetlinger. Several years later, Yoho abruptly resigned on Mar. 20, 2009 “for personal reasons.” Since then, no replacement has been named to fill that position.

    In late 2010, USD231 officials announced their plans for a new school bond issue to be brought to district voters in early 2012. On the drawing board were two new schools, upgrades to the high school and its athletic programs facilities, district-wide technology upgrades and repairs to some of the existing school buildings and grounds.

    In late Jan. 2011, Bill Miller announced his resignation as Director of Facilities & Operations, stating that his position was a “high stress job,” but that he intended to honor his contract until it expired June 2011. Miller served USD231 for 18 years.

    Two weeks later, on Feb. 7, 2011, the USD231 School Board approved a 3-year contract extension for Dr. Bill Gilhaus, expiring June 2014.

    Seven weeks after that, on March 31, 2011, Gary Diener began work as the new USD231 Director of Operations. Diener came to USD231 from the Olathe School District, from which he had officially retired on Aug. 31, 2010. Diener had served in the Olathe finance office in various capacities for 20 years, the last seven as Executive Director of Business and Financial Services.

    On Apr. 13, 2012, fifty-four weeks after Diener’s arrival, it was announced that Eric Hansen was no longer the USD231 Director of Business and Finance.

    I am not privy to the backstage dynamics of our school officials’ interpersonal relationships, so I have many unanswered questions, Yet, I find the choreography of this dance quite interesting.

  6. George A Rifford IV says:

    I’ve heard through the grapevine that the “devil is in the details” on this one…

  7. I attended the school board meeting yesterday evening. Nothing was mentioned of recent Finance Director/Board of Education Treasurer Eric Hansen. The Action on Personnel report was pre-submitted to the board, and no questions were asked. The continued lack of transparency is very disappointing.

  8. Judith Rogers says:

    The School Board meetings are much like the city of Gardner’s meetings. They are merely window dressing to comply with the law – the deals and business are completed in the closed door back rooms, by cell phone, e-mails, lunches, etc. and never will the people be involved or know what transpires in those meetings, conversations, etc. And it really doesn’t make any difference whether the citizens like what is going on or not – citizens better be doing their jobs, especially in the ballot box and demanding their halls of shame be cleaned up. What is going on is much more than disappointing – that is a nice way of saying there is a BIG PROBLEM with practically all of our government entities across the U.S. and the citizens’ apathy has brought it about for the most part.

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