February 7, 2016

GE, SH students hit high marks on state assessment tests

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com For the first time in a decade, state reading and math scores declined in Kansas, but schools in the Spring Hill and Gardner Edgerton school districts continued to show improvement. Spring Hill earned 31 Standards of Excellence Awards, which is more than ever before. In Gardner and Edgerton, students earned the state Continue Reading

Council agrees to financially support infrastructure for school bond issue

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Extending Grand Street and upgrading sewers in the center of Gardner will cost the average homeowner approximately $72 per year, according to city and school officials. City officials estimate that the owner of $160,000 home would need to pay an extra $63 per year on their city tax bill, and an additional Continue Reading

City staff await new council before investigating school proposal

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The city finance department will find a way to finance a new road and upgrades to the sewer system if a new city council requests they do so, Laura Gourley, Gardner City Finance Director, said. “If a council so chooses to assist the school, we will find a way to do it,” Continue Reading

Operations director resigns from USD 231

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 Continue Reading

School board applauds six governor’s awards

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com USD 231 Board of Education members joined Superintendent Bill Gilhaus in recognizing six local schools for receiving the coveted Governors Achievement Award. The school district announced on its website last week that Pioneer Ridge Middle School and Edgerton, Gardner, Madison, Nike and Sunflower elementary schools won the awards, bestowed upon the Continue Reading

Background checks may be required for school volunteers

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Proposed changes to USD 231’s volunteer handbook have raised concerns among at least one member of the Board of Education. USD 231 Finance Director Eric Hansen, at the board’s Nov. 15 regular meeting, distributed notes from a Nov. 9 Finance Committee meeting. Those notes included a copy of the Beaverton (Ore.) Continue Reading

School board to donate to Project Graduation next year

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com School board members directed district staff to set aside $5,000 in next year’s budget to donate to Project Graduation next year. Last year, due to budget constraints the district was unable to donate funds to the annual event that gives Gardner Edgerton High School students a safe activity on graduation night. “In Continue Reading