August 3, 2015

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …