September 4, 2015

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 …

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 …

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. …