November 24, 2015

Gilhaus sues USD 231

Danedri Thompson Former Gardner Edgerton School District Superintendent William Gilhaus has filed a lawsuit against USD 231, superintendent Pam Stranathan, and four school board members. Former executive director of educational services Christy Ziegler and former executive director of administrative services Lana Gerber are listed as co-plaintiffs. The suit, filed in Kansas District Court on Continue Reading

Former USD 231 director talks technology on TV news

Former Gardner Edgerton School District administrator, Christy Ziegler, appeared on Kansas City’s Fox 4 News on Aug. 13. The former USD 231 executive director of educational services now serves as the Shawnee Mission School District Director of Technology. All incoming freshman in the SMSD will receive Apple laptops this year. Ziegler was one of three Continue Reading

Gilhaus, Gerber, Ziegler to be paid through end of school year

Debbie Hickman Special to The Gardner News USD 231 executive sessions continue to extend further into the evening than they used to. The May 12 board of education meeting was no exception, as an executive session to discuss personnel, negotiations and attorney-client communication was extended multiple times from 7:50 p.m. until 9:20 p.m. Mark Grannell, Continue Reading

Board releases official statement on firing of administrators

Danedri Thompson 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 meeting. However, members refused to speak to media following that meeting, saying an official statement Continue Reading

Sutton launches investigation of USD 231 attorney

Topeka – 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 works under the direction of the Kansas Supreme Court. The administrator reviews complaints of misconduct against lawyers and when appropriate, recommends discipline to the Supreme Court in Continue Reading

School board terminates superintendent, other administrators

A narrow majority of the Gardner Edgerton School Board voted to terminate the superintendent, Bill Gilhaus; the executive director of education services, Christy Ziegler; and the executive director of human resources and administrative services, Lana Gerber. The same narrow majority, 4-3, named Pam Stranathan, director of secondary education, as interim superintendent. Four members of the Continue Reading

Board approves interim superintendent for USD 231

Christy Ziegler will fill-in for USD 23 1 Superintendent Bill Gilhaus, who is statutorily required to be retired for at least 60-days in order to collect pension funds as well as salary. He announced his temporary retirement during the May 6 school board meeting. Ziegler serves as the district’s executive director of educational services. She Continue Reading

Gilhaus resigns at USD 231; re-hired in same meeting

Danedri Thompson School board members accepted the resignation of Superintendent Bill Gilhaus during a board meeting May 6. His retirement is effective at the end of this school year. The resignation will be short-lived however. During the same meeting, board members approved an administrative consulting contract with the USD 231 superintendent. That contract is Continue Reading

Revised school boundaries presented at forum

Mark Taylor Special to the Gardner News About 30 Gardner Edgerton School District patrons got a sneak peek at proposed attendance boundary revisions during a Jan. 7 public forum at Wheatridge Middle School. The forum was the first of five the school district is hosting this month to present the boundaries to the public, answer Continue Reading

USD 231 may not respond to future inquiries

Danedri Thompson USD 231 may not devote time to respond to future inquiries from The Gardner News. That’s the word from Leann Northway, school communications director, in response to requests for comment about stories the newspaper is developing comparing the salary of USD 231 superintendent Bill Gilhaus with that of superintendents in other districts Continue Reading