November 30, 2015

Gardner Edgerton Chamber to host candidate forums

The Gardner-Edgerton Chamber of Commerce will host a series of candidate forums in the lead-up to the April 7 General Election. Three separate forums will feature candidates for Gardner City Council, Edgerton City Council and the USD 231 Board of Education. Candidate forum March 24 The Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce will host a forum Continue Reading

USD 231 board censures member

Debbie Hickman Special to The Gardner News The USD 231 Board Of Education publicly censured veteran board member James Repshire for violating a board ethics policy. Board members specifically cited the work his company, J. R. Electric, performed for the school district as the issue. Board policy in effect at the time Repshire’s company was Continue Reading

School board terminates superintendent, other administrators

A narrow majority of the Gardner Edgerton School Board voted to terminate the superintendent, Bill Gilhaus; the executive director of education services, Christy Ziegler; and the executive director of human resources and administrative services, Lana Gerber. The same narrow majority, 4-3, named Pam Stranathan, director of secondary education, as interim superintendent. Four members of the Continue Reading

School finance director’s status uncertain

Danedri Thompson Despite confirmation last month that Eric Hansen, USD 231 finance and business director, is no longer with the district, members of the board of education apparently have yet to approve of his termination or resignation at a board meeting. As of May 1, school officials would no longer confirm Hansen’s status with Continue Reading

GE school board candidates discuss issues

Amy Cunningham Two candidates will face off for a seat on the Gardner School Board on April 5 when incumbent Mary Herbert will face newcomer Clint Newell to retain her seat on the board. The Gardner News asked five questions of each candidate, you will find their responses below. Why are you running for Continue Reading

Background checks may be required for school volunteers

Corbin H. Crable Proposed changes to USD 231’s volunteer handbook have raised concerns among at least one member of the Board of Education. USD 231 Finance Director Eric Hansen, at the board’s Nov. 15 regular meeting, distributed notes from a Nov. 9 Finance Committee meeting. Those notes included a copy of the Beaverton (Ore.) Continue Reading

Gardner council, USD 231 board meeting agendas available

The Gardner City Council agenda is available online. Find it here. The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall tonight, Monday, Nov. 15. Also, meeting tonight, the Gardner Edgerton Board of Education. The district does not always publish its meetings online, however, a copy of tonight’s meeting can be found below. 1.0 Call Continue Reading

LETTER TO EDITOR: Paper misrepresented school board’s actions

Ron Ragan USD 231 Board President I believe in truth in journalism so let me set the record straight.  Contrary to the editorial in Wednesday’s edition (July 14), the school district and board did actively participate in discussions regarding the Logistics Park and associated abatements and industrial revenue bonds (IRBs).  Those discussions were held directly Continue Reading

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 event that gives Gardner Edgerton High School students a safe activity on graduation night. “In Continue Reading