February 12, 2016

District to increase school lunch fee

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com At the demands of the Department of Agriculture, Spring Hill district officials were forced to adopt an increase in fees for the 2011-12 school year at Monday evening’s board of education meeting. “The only change we’re asking for is on lunch and breakfast,” stated Bart Goering, Spring Hill Superintendent.  “The minimum increase Continue Reading

Divided board moves forward with school bond issue

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com By a five-to-two margin, the Spring Hill Board of Education voted Tuesday evening on a resolution to move forward with a $39 million bond issue for the district. USD 230 officials cite the shortage of classroom space along with the need to address deferred maintenance and technology issues as the driving force Continue Reading

SH school board races heat up

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There will be a few new faces on the Spring Hill Board of Education come April. One face, however, will be notably absent. Bill Meek, who has been a fixture on the board since 1983, will not seek re-election. And his tenure on the board has included stints as president of Kansas Continue Reading

USD 230 adopts smoking policy for school grounds

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Spring Hill School Board struggled to reach a consensus on drafting a new smoking policy for the district. A divided board instead opted to allow smoking in personal vehicles in the school parking lot 30 minutes before and after school. Board members debated proposed changes to school smoking policy at previous Continue Reading

Planning committee makes recommendations to school board

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com In order to meet its long term obligations, school district officials should build a new elementary school, add classroom space at Prairie Creek Elementary School and convert existing space for different use, a representative of the USD 230 long-term planning committee told Spring Hill School Board members Tuesday night. “I believe we’ve Continue Reading

Spring Hill district to lower mill rate

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Spring Hill Board of Education approved an $32 million budget that includes a slight mill level decrease during a meeting and budget public hearing on Monday night. The slightly reduced mill rate – from 66.561 last year to 65.432 – translates into about a $14 annual savings for the owner of Continue Reading