February 14, 2016

SH board hosts bond issue open house

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com Several dozen people gathered Monday evening at the Hilltop Education Center to learn about the USD 230 proposed bond issue. District staff, school board members and consultants for the district were on hand to answer questions from the public at the informal meeting.  Patrons and parents milled about the room hoping to 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

Assessed valuations bode well for school budgets

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Doug Schwinn, school business director, is keeping his fingers crossed that preliminary assessed property valuations in the Spring Hill School District will hold. Although approximately 75 percent of homes in Johnson County were appraised at stagnant or lower values than they were the year before, the value of the school district increased Continue Reading

Teachers compete to become losers

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com Spring Hill parents and students may notice that they’re seeing less and less of the district’s staff members lately – about 665.9 pounds less, to be exact. As part of a health and wellness initiative undertaken by USD 230 this school year, some district staff members have been voluntarily participating in a Continue Reading

Pathways leads students to educational opportunities

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com USD 230 Board members learned that students at Spring Hill High School could have nine additional class options when choosing electives next year. At Monday evening’s school board meeting, Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructional teacher Michael Strohschein presented a list of 13 new or re-worked classes and four classes that the Continue Reading

USD 230 debates bond proposal

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com In consideration of a possible upcoming bond issue, on Monday evening the Spring Hill School Board listened to information provided by representatives of the DLR Group, Piper Jaffrey and local citizens. Andy Anderson, of the DLR Group, apprised the board on recommendations from the USD 230 Long-range Planning Committee.  The committee, made 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

Local schools could win, lose based on finance tweaks

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There will be winners and losers if the school finance formula is tweaked or rewritten, Gardner Edgerton School District Business Director, Eric Hansen, said. Whether USD 231 or USD 230 are winners or losers depends on what adjustments, if any, are made to Kansas’ school finance formula. One thing is certain: the Continue Reading

Community discusses long-term planning for USD 230

Amy Cunningham submissions@gardnernews.com Spring Hill School District patrons along with school and local officials were invited to share their opinions regarding the future of USD 230 at the third of three scheduled meetings sponsored by the board of education since the beginning of the school year. The meeting was primarily driven by members of the Continue Reading