February 5, 2016

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, and Tim Rayburn has notified the district of his intent to resign. Neither resignation has Continue Reading

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 meeting at work session. First, they participated in an hour-long session designed to assist them Continue Reading

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 6 school board meeting. Ziegler serves as the district’s executive director of educational services. She Continue Reading

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 fee will be $2,450 up from $2,275 the previous year. With the increase, the GE Continue Reading

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 the Gardner Edgerton School District tested well this year with 96.7 percent of students meeting Continue Reading

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

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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, board members approved an administrative consulting contract with the USD 231 superintendent. That contract is Continue Reading

New USD 231 schools named

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 names under consideration included Meadowlark Elementary and Buffalo Ridge Middle School. Gary Diener, USD 231 Continue Reading

Revised school boundaries presented at forum

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 the school district is hosting this month to present the boundaries to the public, answer Continue Reading

County says USD 231 nixes senior meals pilot program

Rhonda Humble publisher 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 was announced by Calvin Hayden, county commissioner, in September. Edgerton is the only community in Continue Reading

District updates school usage policy

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 few programs that Edgerton council hosts short meeting may use specialized equipment or use the Continue Reading