October 4, 2015

School district bond counsel agrees to pay SEC fines

George K. Baum & Co., a Kansas City based firm that also serves as bond counsel for USD 231, will pay fines to the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly selling municipal bonds with incomplete documents. The Kansas City Business Journal reports that Baum & Co. is one of 36 firms that will pay fines Continue Reading

USD 230, 231 parents can enroll students online

Returning students in the Spring Hill and Gardner Edgerton School Districts can enroll online for the 2015-2016 school year. Online enrollment for USD 231 began on June 15. Parents of returning students can enroll from the comfort of their homes or offices via a link on www.usd231.com. Spring Hill’s online enrollment will open on July Continue Reading

Gilhaus sues USD 231

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Former Gardner Edgerton School District Superintendent William Gilhaus has filed a lawsuit against USD 231, superintendent Pam Stranathan, and four school board members. Former executive director of educational services Christy Ziegler and former executive director of administrative services Lana Gerber are listed as co-plaintiffs. The suit, filed in Kansas District Court on Continue Reading

Former USD 231 director talks technology on TV news

Former Gardner Edgerton School District administrator, Christy Ziegler, appeared on Kansas City’s Fox 4 News on Aug. 13. The former USD 231 executive director of educational services now serves as the Shawnee Mission School District Director of Technology. All incoming freshman in the SMSD will receive Apple laptops this year. Ziegler was one of three Continue Reading

Gilhaus, Gerber, Ziegler to be paid through end of school year

Debbie Hickman Special to The Gardner News USD 231 executive sessions continue to extend further into the evening than they used to. The May 12 board of education meeting was no exception, as an executive session to discuss personnel, negotiations and attorney-client communication was extended multiple times from 7:50 p.m. until 9:20 p.m. Mark Grannell, Continue Reading

Board releases official statement on firing of administrators

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Gardner Edgerton School Board released its official statement on the terminations of former administrators Bill Gilhaus, Lana Gerber and Christy Ziegler. Board members voted to release a statement about the terminations during a March 10 board meeting. However, members refused to speak to media following that meeting, saying an official statement Continue Reading

FBI interview USD 231 administrators

Debbie Hickman & Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Federal agents visited with USD 231 administrators, including interim-superintendent Pam Stranathan on March 11. A U.S. Department of Justice official and an official from the Kansas Department of Education signed in as guests at the front office. A former administrator, who wishes to remain anonymous, confirmed an interview with Continue Reading

Board member receives funds from USD 231

Debbie Hickman Special to The Gardner News More than $61,000 paid to J.R. Electric – a company linked to James Repshire, board member – is disclosed on the USD 231 audit. The audit also indicates Repshire was not involved in the bidding process, but there is no reference as to whether Repshire abstained from voting Continue Reading

Sutton launches investigation of USD 231 attorney

Topeka – Rep. Bill Sutton, R-Gardner, is requesting that the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator investigate USD 231 board of education attorney W. Joseph Hatley. The Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s Office works under the direction of the Kansas Supreme Court. The administrator reviews complaints of misconduct against lawyers and when appropriate, recommends discipline to the Supreme Court in Continue Reading

School’s PR director resigns

Debbie Hickman Special to The Gardner News  The Gardner News has learned that Leann Northway, director of community relations for USD 231, has tendered her resignation effective Sept. 27. Kristi McNerlin, director of communication for Blue Valley School District USD 229, has confirmed that Northway will be joining its communication team. Under the direction of Northway, Gardner Edgerton School District Continue Reading