February 13, 2016

Operations director resigns from USD 231

Danedri Thompson

The Director of Operations for the Gardner Edgerton School District has tendered his resignation. Bill Miller will serve out the remainder of his contract, which expires in July.

“This position is a high stress job,” Miller said. “It was beginning to affect my health and my family. And while I have a lot of loyalty to this organization, some things are more important.”

While Miller said he’s uncertain what his future holds, Gilhaus said the district’s next director will have a large task at hand – oversight of construction of two new schools should voters approve a bond issue sometime this year.

Gilhaus said board members will be asked to approve a bond issue, probably in February and the issue would be brought to the people on a ballot sometime after that.

Gilhaus said the job, which was posted on Jan. 26, entails a mixture of educational and operations responsibilities. The Director of Operations is responsible for construction of new buildings, custodial staff, grounds and maintenance, transportation of students to and from school, and capital outlay projects. The position also entails processing student transfer requests.

“The responsibilities are very broad in this position,” Gilhaus said.

He said he anticipates filling the position within the next two months.

Miller served in the GE district for 18 years.

“It has been a pleasant experience,” he explained. “There comes a point in everyone’s life where change is necessary for an individual and for an organization.”


  1. Sress is the name of the game in today’s world and not pleasant.

    Hope citizens will read the article under http://www.kansascity.com/2011/01/27/2615990/college-freshmens-stress-levels.html

    Families are truly struggling in so many areas. Myself I still say it is important to be giving your kids more and more responsibilities and letting them make more of their own choices during their last two years of high school. I believe it prepares them better for the responsbilities and pressures they will face while in college and they need to start learning how to make smart choices for themselves. If you do this while they are still home, you are still there to help guide but also pick up the pieces if necessary. Allow your children to grow while you are still there to help them thru some rough spots. Might not be as easy as just telling them what they need to do, but hey, as parents we need to teach our kids how to think for themselves and make choices that are best for them but choices that are also responsible and that hold strong moral values.

    So as we know, adults and our children are feeling the pressures of hard times. Strong families can really do wonders to help each other.

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