September 1, 2015

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 …

Norovirus strikes Lenexa elementary; local schools unaffected

Danedri Thompson
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
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
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
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 …