February 10, 2016

School district bond counsel agrees to pay SEC fines

George K. Baum & Co., a Kansas City based firm that also serves as bond counsel for USD 231, will pay fines to the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly selling municipal bonds with incomplete documents. The Kansas City Business Journal reports that Baum & Co. is one of 36 firms that will pay fines Continue Reading

USD 230, 231 parents can enroll students online

Returning students in the Spring Hill and Gardner Edgerton School Districts can enroll online for the 2015-2016 school year. Online enrollment for USD 231 began on June 15. Parents of returning students can enroll from the comfort of their homes or offices via a link on www.usd231.com. Spring Hill’s online enrollment will open on July 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 member receives funds from USD 231

Debbie Hickman Special to The Gardner News More than $61,000 paid to J.R. Electric – a company linked to James Repshire, board member – is disclosed on the USD 231 audit. The audit also indicates Repshire was not involved in the bidding process, but there is no reference as to whether Repshire abstained from voting Continue Reading

Court finds school funding inadequate

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com In a unanimous decision, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered the state of Kansas to provide additional funding to public education. The court ruled that the state’s current base state funding, $3,838 per weighted pupil, is not adequate. A three judge panel of District Court judges will review and determine what adequate funding 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

USD 231 bus rolls over

A Gardner Edgerton School District bus collided with an SUV and rolled over at about 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 6. The wreck occurred near Gardner Road and 223rd Street.  Sgt. Mike Early of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office said three people were transported to area hospitals after the accident, but none of the injured Continue Reading

School’s PR director resigns

Debbie Hickman Special to The Gardner News  The Gardner News has learned that Leann Northway, director of community relations for USD 231, has tendered her resignation effective Sept. 27. Kristi McNerlin, director of communication for Blue Valley School District USD 229, has confirmed that Northway will be joining its communication team. Under the direction of Northway, Gardner Edgerton School District Continue Reading

All-day kindergarten fees to increase at USD 231

Fees for all-day kindergarten and peer model fees will increase for Gardner Edgerton School District parents next year. The cost of all-day kindergarten, for which the state does not provide funding, will increase $5 per week to $70. Annually, the fee will be $2,450 up from $2,275 the previous year. With the increase, the GE 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