April 16, 2014

SFFF files suit against state; GE joins

Danedri Thompson

Attorneys for Schools for Fair Funding (SFFF), a lobbying group that successfully sued for additional school funding in 2006, has filed a new lawsuit against the state. The group, which includes Gardner Edgerton USD 231, alleges that …

District concentrates on supporting family of fallen student

Danedri Thompson

School and public safety officials will review their procedures in response to a traffic accident outside of Madison Elementary that resulted in the death of a second grade student last week, but their immediate focus is on …

EDITORIAL: State school board made right decision in not applying for federal funds

Kansas did the right thing in declining to apply for a second round of Race to the Top funding. The $4.35 million in funding – part of the American Recovery and Restoration Act more commonly known as stimulus – is …

Stimulus funds won’t mean big boost for GE

Gardner Elementary first day 001

Danedri Thompson

Although Kansas will soon receive approximately $92 million in stimulus funds for education spending courtesy of recently passed federal legislation,

Eric Hansen, Gardner Edgerton Business Director, doesn’t believe that will translate into buckets of extra money for …

GE school board approves budget with 1 mill increase

Danedri Thompson

Gardner Edgerton school board members approved a $29 million budget with a 1 mill tax rate increase at its meeting Monday night. The increase will cost the owner of a $155,000 home approximately $19 more next year.…

USD 231 prepares for new school year

The new modular classroom building at Moonlight Elementary will house the school’s fourth-graders. Teachers in that building were busy readying their classrooms this week. Staff photo by Corbin H. Crable

Corbin H. Crable
Teachers decorated classrooms and maintenance workers put last-minute touches on school buildings as USD 231 counted down the days to a new school year Monday.
Pioneer Ridge Middle School sixth-grade teacher Erin Erickson said she has …

School board to donate to Project Graduation next year

Danedri Thompson

School board members directed district staff to set aside $5,000 in next year’s budget to donate to Project Graduation next year. Last year, due to budget constraints the district was unable to donate funds to the annual …

Updated: Analysis shows intermodal project net loss for GE District

BNSF train motors through

Danedri Thompson


With the exception of the Gardner Edgerton School District, every taxing entity the intermodal touches will see a net benefit from the project, according to a cost-benefit analysis the city of Edgerton provided to The Gardner News

Editorial: School taxpayers have most to lose from intermodal

We hate to say, “we told you so.” But at this point we’re going to have to make an exception and say it: We told you so.

The intermodal project will benefit the state, the county, Johnson County Community College, …

Summer food program off to good start

The Summer Food Program, located at Gardner Elementary, began on June 7. On the first day, 431 people were served lunch. Since then, between 240 and 250 breakfasts and 425 to 450 lunches have been served each day.

The students …