February 12, 2016

School district hires Jeremy McFadden as new finance director

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There’s a new finance director at USD 231. Jeremy McFadden, who previously worked for a school district near Wichita, started with the Gardner Edgerton School District on July 2. The board of education has yet to formally approve the hiring of McFadden. McFadden replaces Eric Hansen. Hansen served as the district’s business Continue Reading

District hires interim business director, approves Hansen’s departure

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner Edgerton School Board hired Myrna Morrison as interim business and finance director on May 7. Superintendent Bill Gilhaus said Morrison’s contract is on a “week-to-week” basis as the district seeks a permanent business and finance director. She will be paid a consultant’s fee of $70 per hour on an as-needed Continue Reading

School finance director’s status uncertain

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Despite confirmation last month that Eric Hansen, USD 231 finance and business director, is no longer with the district, members of the board of education apparently have yet to approve of his termination or resignation at a board meeting. As of May 1, school officials would no longer confirm Hansen’s status with Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

USD 231 officials not happy with reform plan

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Gardner Edgerton school officials are no fans of Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed school finance reform plan. Eric Hansen, business manager for the school district, pointed out several of what he considers shortfalls in the finance plan during a presentation to the school board on Jan. 9. Brownback’s finance reform plan, which was Continue Reading

School funding proposals to be discussed at meeting

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com It’s way too early to tell how Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to rework the state’s school funding formula will change local school revenues. “I understand they’re trying to simplify the system, and that’s fine and understandable,” said Eric Hansen, director of business for the Gardner Edgerton School District. “I don’t think there’s Continue Reading

Bill to allow districts to use unecumbered funds would offer no relief to GE, SH schools

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Eric Hansen, Gardner-Edgerton school finance director, is fired up about legislation the Kansas House passed last week. Touted as legislation that will help schools survive through what is likely to be another lean year, the bill would allow districts to use funds designated for programs like bilingual education, vocational education, and drivers Continue Reading

USD 231 health insurance costs likely to increase

USD 231 health insurance costs could skyrocket as much as 25 to 30 percent, district officials worry. According to Eric Hansen, director of business and finance for USD 231, the district’s health insurance claims and usage continues to hover at 95 percent, which could justify a cost hike from the insurance provider, Hansen wrote in Continue Reading

USD 231 tax be to be higher than anticipated

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Property tax bills for Gardner Edgerton School District patrons will be higher than advertised thanks to faulty projections school officials received from the county last summer. School districts are required to build and approve a budget for the following year each August. To do so, Eric Hansen, USD 231 Business Director, said Continue Reading

Appraiser: $339k tax error will be corrected

Kimberly-Clark warehouse received tax bills showing 75 percent abatements for the last three years, when they were only approved for 50 percent abatements Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Gardner Edgerton School District should receive a bump in revenue in the near future. Due to an error, Kimberly-Clark, a Dallas-based health and hygiene company, received tax bills Continue Reading