September 1, 2014

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 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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Competing lawsuits put school funding at center stage

Amy Cunningham
acunningham@gardnernews.com

The gloves are coming off as school districts, parents and legislators prepare to duke it out in court over Kansas’ school funding formula. At odds are two lawsuits, each challenging the way the state funds education.

In …

School district to consider 2012 bond issue

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com

If school officials are successful in purchasing land at Waverly Pointe, they won’t have the means to build more practice fields and a parking lot near the high school until they pass a bond issue.

According to …