February 13, 2016

USD 231 to begin redistricting process

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 Elementary Schools or the high school. Bill Gilhaus, district superintendent, said the new boundaries should Continue Reading

USD 231 may not respond to future inquiries

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 comparing the salary of USD 231 superintendent Bill Gilhaus with that of superintendents in other districts Continue Reading

GE, SH students hit high marks on state assessment tests

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 Awards, which is more than ever before. In Gardner and Edgerton, students earned the state Continue Reading

District hires interim temporary GEHS associate principal

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com 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 and health teacher at GEHS, was originally hired to replace outgoing GEHS Associate Principal Mark Continue Reading

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 average scores in English (23.3), Mathematics (22.4), Reading (23.4), and Science (23.0) The GEHS average Continue Reading

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 Rose Hill Elementary for two days. “We are taking our standard safety precautions to avoid Continue Reading

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 taxpayers.  During the 2011-12 school year the special assessment tax was .457 and provided funding Continue Reading

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 different curriculum over the course of the next school year. With the waiver, Kansas schools Continue Reading

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 forward with a plan to deed a sliver of district land to the homeowners in Continue Reading

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 approve the hiring of McFadden. McFadden replaces Eric Hansen. Hansen served as the district’s business Continue Reading