April 23, 2014

Norovirus strikes Lenexa elementary; local schools unaffected

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Approximately 40 students have been diagnosed with Norovirus at a Lenexa elementary school, but to date no students in the Gardner Edgerton or Spring Hill school districts have been diagnosed with the illness.
The Lenexa outbreak shuttered …

USD 231 official says Local Option Budget to decrease

In response to a written request from The Gardner News regarding USD 231′s proposed budget, Leann Northway, communications director, issued the following response. The e-mail response appears below:

The special assessment levy is not a new tax for USD 231

Federal waiver means changes in school curriculum planning

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Kansas schools received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law last week. That means public schools across the state, including schools in the Gardner-Edgerton and Spring Hill school districts, will be transitioning to a …

USD 231 to deed land near new school campus

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
School board members approved a memorandum of understanding between USD 231 and four homeowners adjacent to the site where a new middle school and elementary school are being built.
The approval will allow school officials to move …

School district hires Jeremy McFadden as new finance director

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
There’s a new finance director at USD 231. Jeremy McFadden, who previously worked for a school district near Wichita, started with the Gardner Edgerton School District on July 2.
The board of education has yet to formally …

School briefs

Teachers union, officials continue negotiations

The local teachers union and USD 231 officials will extend negotiations over teacher contracts, according to a board of education report from Lana Gerber, director of administrative services.
The negotiations committee met for a third …

District reorganizes in response to budgetary concerns

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Ten teachers retired and 12 teachers will be reassigned to new duties next school year, according to USD 231 communications director Leann Northway.
In the final weeks of the school year, which ended on May 21, teachers …

Bus accident in Edgerton injures three

Danedri Thompson

dthompson@gardnernews.com

U.S. 56 Highway is closed near Four Corners Road in Edgerton after a school bus accident this afternoon.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an accident involving three vehicles and a school bus at approximately 4 p.m. …

GE school board expected to approve interim finance director tonight

The school board is likely to approve an interim business and finance director during tonight’s meeting.
Board members will be asked to approve Myrna Morrison, a financial consultant with more than 35 years of school finance experience.
The USD 231 …

District makes first payments for bond issue construction planning

Nearly $100,000 in pre-construction services had already been accrued on Jan. 31 when USD 231 voters approved a $72 million dollar bond issue 53 percent to 46 percent, with a less than 42 percent voter turn out.
Had the bond …