September 1, 2015

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.…

Sutton launches investigation of USD 231 attorney

TopekaRep. 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 …

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 …

School’s PR director resigns

Debbie Hickman

Special to The Gardner News

 The Gardner News has learned that Leann Northway, director of community

Leann Northway

Leann Northway

relations for USD 231, has tendered her resignation effective Sept. 27.

Kristi McNerlin, director of communication for Blue Valley School …

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 …

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 …