February 13, 2016

Board replacement statute unclear on appointment process

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Kansas statute doesn’t clearly spell out a step-by-step process for replacing school board members, although K.S.A. 25-2022  states a notice shall be published in the newspaper  “when a vacancy occurs.” To date, Shelta Collins has officially resigned, and Tim Rayburn has notified the district of his intent to resign. Neither resignation has Continue Reading

Common sense will serve new school board members well

Common sense will serve newly-elected public officials well. But newly-minted officials at the school board, who stepped into their roles at a July 15 meeting, were offered a carrot and a stick during their first USD 231 Board of Education meeting at work session. First, they participated in an hour-long session designed to assist them Continue Reading

Board approves interim superintendent for USD 231

Christy Ziegler will fill-in for USD 23 1 Superintendent Bill Gilhaus, who is statutorily required to be retired for at least 60-days in order to collect pension funds as well as salary. He announced his temporary retirement during the May 6 school board meeting. Ziegler serves as the district’s executive director of educational services. She Continue Reading

New USD 231 schools named

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com USD 231’s newest schools will be called Grand Star Elementary and Trail Ridge Middle School. School board members selected the names during a board meeting last week. They were forwarded two names for each school. The other names under consideration included Meadowlark Elementary and Buffalo Ridge Middle School. Gary Diener, USD 231 Continue Reading

GE school board expected to approve interim finance director tonight

The school board is likely to approve an interim business and finance director during tonight’s meeting. Board members will be asked to approve Myrna Morrison, a financial consultant with more than 35 years of school finance experience. The USD 231 board of education meeting will start at 6 p.m. tonight, May 7, at the district Continue Reading

School board unveils $72.8 million bond issue package

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Patrons of the Gardner Edgerton School District may be asked to vote on a $72.790 million bond issue early next year. Superintendent Bill Gilhaus gave school board members a sneak preview of the bond package, which proposes new schools and various district wide upgrades. Gilhaus said the work is needed to accommodate Continue Reading

USD 231 to offer online enrollment

Corbin H. Crable chcrable@gardnernews.com Starting June 13, USD 231 families will have a new option to enroll their students online for the upcoming academic year. Educational Services Director Christy Ziegler made a presentation to the Board of Education at the board’s May 9 meeting in which she outlined how online enrollment will operate. Before going Continue Reading

Board members agree to event fee increase

Although students have paid an additional $1 to attend events at Gardner Edgerton High School in the past year, parents now will actually pay less to attend those same events, thanks to action taken by the Board of Education. Board members unanimously voted on May 9 to raise the price for a GEHS Family Activity Continue Reading

USD 230 finalizes school bond information

Mark Taylor submissions@gardnernews.com The Spring Hill School Board is shifting its bond issue campaign into high gear. During a March 28 special meeting, the board reviewed the scope of the proposed bond issue projects as well as informational materials to be distributed to district patrons through the mail and at community events. “We’re proceeding on Continue Reading

USD 231 unveils plans for new school buildings

Editor’s Note: The attached master plan for new schools is an updated version of the one seen here previously. Masterplans Option 2B Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com School officials asked Gardner City Council members to commit to partially fund infrastructure for a new elementary school and a new middle school Wednesday night. Bill Miller, USD 231 Director Continue Reading