February 10, 2016

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 early November Schools for Fair Funding, a lobbying group, filed a lawsuit against the State Continue Reading

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 Gardner Edgerton School District Superintendent, the district can afford to purchase the land right now, Continue Reading

USD 231 interested in land considered for low-income housing

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Although the Gardner Edgerton School District has expressed interest in purchasing more than 21 acres in the Waverly Pointe subdivision near the high school, that doesn’t mean a plan for lower-income housing in the same location will be scrapped. Earlier this month, school board members decided to survey three parcels of land Continue Reading

SFFF files suit against state; GE joins

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 Kansas public schools are not being funded adequately and are denying Kansas children the right Continue Reading

District concentrates on supporting family of fallen student

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 students and staff and the family of Kade Meyer. “Right now, for us, it’s still Continue Reading

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 to be used exclusively for education. Kansas applied for a first round of funding, but Continue Reading

Stimulus funds won’t mean big boost for GE

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 the GE District. “It’s not going to be a windfall,” Hansen said. “It will just Continue Reading

GE school board approves budget with 1 mill increase

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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. Board members hosted a statutorily-required public hearing on next year’s budget during the regular meeting, Continue Reading

USD 231 prepares for new school year

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com 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 been working all summer to prepare for the new academic year. “It starts pretty much Continue Reading

School board to donate to Project Graduation next year

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 event that gives Gardner Edgerton High School students a safe activity on graduation night. “In Continue Reading