April 20, 2014

Gilhaus resigns at USD 231; re-hired in same meeting

Danedri Thompson
School board members accepted the resignation of Superintendent Bill Gilhaus during a board meeting May 6. His retirement is effective at the end of this school year.
The resignation will be short-lived however.
During the same meeting, …

New USD 231 schools named

Danedri Thompson


USD 231’s newest schools will be called Grand Star Elementary and Trail Ridge Middle School.

School board members selected the names during a board meeting last week. They were forwarded two names for each school. The other …

Revised school boundaries presented at forum

Graphic courtesy of USD 231

Mark Taylor
Special to the Gardner News
About 30 Gardner Edgerton School District patrons got a sneak peek at proposed attendance boundary revisions during a Jan. 7 public forum at Wheatridge Middle School.
The forum was the first of five …

County says USD 231 nixes senior meals pilot program

Rhonda Humble
The Gardner Edgerton School District is no longer interested in working with the county on a proposed intergenerational pilot program that would allow Edgerton senior citizens to receive vouchers for meals at Edgerton Elementary.
The meal program …

District updates school usage policy

Danedri Thompson
Changes to USD 231’s school usage policy may result in higher fees for some Gardner Parks and Recreation programs.
While the majority of parks and recreation programs will continue to use district facilities at reduced fees, a …

USD 231 to begin redistricting process

Danedri Thompson
School officials will create a committee to draw new boundary lines for USD 231 in anticipation of a new elementary school and middle school coming online soon.
The new lines not affect students at Edgerton or Madison …

USD 231 may not respond to future inquiries

Danedri Thompson
USD 231 may not devote time to respond to future inquiries from The Gardner News.
That’s the word from Leann Northway, school communications director, in response to requests for comment about stories the newspaper is developing …

GE, SH students hit high marks on state assessment tests

Danedri Thompson
For the first time in a decade, state reading and math scores declined in Kansas, but schools in the Spring Hill and Gardner Edgerton school districts continued to show improvement.
Spring Hill earned 31 Standards of Excellence …

District hires interim temporary GEHS associate principal

Danedri Thompson


There’s a new associate principal at Gardner Edgerton High School. Walt Thompson, a retired administrator from Wyandotte High School, temporarily holds the title, according to Leann Northway, USD 231 communications director.

John Duncanson, a former physical education …

GEHS ACT composite rises to new heights

Leeann Northway
USD 231
Gardner Edgerton High School ACT Composite score of 23.2 once again outperformed the state (21.9) and national averages (21.1) in 2012. Gardner Edgerton High School students outpaced the state averages in all areas tested with higher …