February 11, 2016

USD 230 to consider smoking policy changes

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Smoking may be banned from Spring Hill School District grounds in the near future. The school board will consider changes to its smoking policy due to the statewide smoking ban which went into effect on July 1. Under the existing school policy, students are never allowed to smoke on district policy, however 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

SH school district approves contract with city for SRO services

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com School board members approved a contract between the city and the school district that hires a Spring Hill Police Department officer to serve as a School Resource Officer (SRO) for the district, but Max Stausbaugh, board member, would like the district to research creating its own SRO permanent position. “I definitely think Continue Reading

University updates

Two Edgerton residents earned bachelor’s degrees from Baker University in May. Emily Chmidling and Ryan Highfill both earned Bachelor of Science degrees from Baker’s College of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1858, Baker was the first four-year university in the state. The school serves 4,000 students through the College of Arts and Sciences and School Continue Reading

GE, SH districts awaiting state aid payments

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com It’s becoming all too common, according to school business directors in Gardner and Spring Hill.  The school districts are waiting for state aid payments that are sometimes more than 30 days late. The Gardner-Edgerton and Spring Hill School Districts are awaiting approximately $5 million in delayed state aid. State wide delayed payments Continue Reading

Spring Hill FFA ag issues take 2nd at state

Members of the Spring Hill Future Farmers of America Agricultural Issues team took second place in a state competition. The squad competed earlier this month at Kansas State University. The contest requires students to select an ag issue and create a 10-15 minute presentation for outside groups and judges at the event. Squad members also Continue Reading

USD 230 launches new website

The Spring Hill School District launched a new website, www.usd230.org, last week. The new site includes a new district logo, easy navigation, media galleries and school information. It also allows teachers, coaches and administrators to share student achievements and projects. The website makeover was partially funded by a federal grant.

USD 230 drops a day for summer hours

School offices and buildings will be closed on Fridays this summer. USD 230 administrators and staff will work a summer schedule in order to trim costs to the district. Starting June 1, district buildings will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. According to a press release issued by the Continue Reading