September 3, 2015

Competing lawsuits put school funding at center stage

Amy Cunningham

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.

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School district to consider 2012 bond issue

Danedri Thompson

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 …

USD 231 interested in land considered for low-income housing

Danedri Thompson

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 …

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

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

Moonlight Elementary first-grade teacher Rose Billick’s classroom is ready for the new school year, which starts this week. Billick said that each year, she tries to make new students feel as comfortable as possible by meeting them before the academic

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 …