February 14, 2016

USD 231 records requests

USD 231 officials prefer that open records requests be made using a specific form. According to Kansas state statute, public entities can require that record requests be written. However, they can not require a specific form be used. A copy of the Gardner Edgerton School District’s preferred request form, is available here:  USD 231 open 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

Wheatridge, Pioneer students raise ‘Pennies for Patients’

Students at both Gardner Edgerton School District middle schools raised nearly $3,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in January. Mustangs and Jaguars collected spare change for several weeks dubbed “Pennies for Patients.” The 815 students at Wheatridge Middle School raised $1,200 in spare change. To celebrate, staff organized a “Pie a Staff Member” Continue Reading

School board to discuss boundary options once bond is approved

Modular classrooms were installed at Moonlight Elementary to ease overcrowding. Staff photo by Mark Taylor Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Some redistricting will be necessary in the Gardner Edgerton School District whether voters approve or reject a $72 million bond issue next January. However, Leann Northway, USD 231 communications director, said school officials have yet to discuss Continue Reading

District calls budget ‘bare bones,’ 1 mill increase proposed

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner Edgerton School Board voted Aug. 1 to publish what Business Director Eric Hansen calls a “bare bones” budget. The school board will host a public hearing on the budget on Aug. 15 before voting on whether to adopt it. The budget must be filed with the county clerk and state Continue Reading

School board defends choice of construction manager

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Following a brief discussion on the legality of hiring a construction manager without taking bids, the Gardner Edgerton School Board adopted a resolution to put a $72.790 million bond issue on a 2012 ballot. Patron Bill Sutton, Gardner, expressed concern about the board’s hiring of Manning Construction to oversee the bond projects Continue Reading

USD 231 forgoes pay increases for teachers in 2011-12 contract

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com The Gardner Edgerton School District and Teachers Association have reached a contract agreement that includes no pay raise for teachers in 2011-12. Certified, classified and administrative staff will forego salary increases this year, and there will be no advancement for experience level on the salary schedule. The district’s salary range for teachers Continue Reading

GE district to increase school meal fees

Mark Taylor submissions@gardnernews.com The Gardner Edgerton School District will charge more for breakfasts and lunches next year. School officials say much of the cost increase is the result of federal mandates passed on to the district. The school board on April 19, approved increases to the school menus that include the following increases: Elementary breakfast Continue Reading

GE district won’t make up snow days

Gardner Edgerton students received a welcome reprieve before Spring Break started. Students learned two additional days of school won’t be tacked onto the school year to make up for snow days. The district has sufficient hours required by the state built into the current calender that officials won’t need to add days to the end 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