April 24, 2014

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 …

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 …

Board member receives funds from USD 231

James Repshire

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 …

Sutton launches investigation of USD 231 attorney

Bill Sutton

TopekaRep. 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 …

School’s PR director resigns

Leann Northway

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 …

Board replacement statute unclear on appointment process

Danedri Thompson

dthompson@gardnernews.com

Kansas statute doesn’t clearly spell out a step-by-step process for replacing school board members, although K.S.A. 25-2022  states a notice shall be published in the newspaper  ”when a vacancy occurs.”

To date, Shelta Collins has officially resigned, …

Common sense will serve new school board members well

Common sense will serve newly-elected public officials well. But newly-minted officials at the school board, who stepped into their roles at a July 15 meeting, were offered a carrot and a stick during their first USD 231 Board of Education …

Board approves interim superintendent for USD 231

Christy Ziegler will fill-in for USD 23 1 Superintendent Bill Gilhaus, who is statutorily required to be retired for at least 60-days in order to collect pension funds as well as salary.

He announced his temporary retirement during the May …

All-day kindergarten fees to increase at USD 231

Fees for all-day kindergarten and peer model fees will increase for Gardner Edgerton School District parents next year.
The cost of all-day kindergarten, for which the state does not provide funding, will increase $5 per week to $70. Annually, the …

Schools to be graded differently next year

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Kansas schools will be evaluated differently next year, Christy Ziegler, executive director of educational services, told board members on Monday night.
She presented USD 231 data for state assessment tests. The preliminary data shows that students in …