February 12, 2016

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 time on May 30, but will now wait to continue negotiations pending the Schools for Continue Reading

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 learned that some would be reassigned. “Some of the reassignments were due to budgetary concerns,” Continue Reading

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. on May 15. According to Tom Erickson, Public Information Officer for the sheriff’s office, the Continue Reading

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 board of education meeting will start at 6 p.m. tonight, May 7, at the district Continue Reading

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 issue failed, the district would not have been responsible for paying for the services, according Continue Reading

School finance director’s status uncertain

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Despite confirmation last month that Eric Hansen, USD 231 finance and business director, is no longer with the district, members of the board of education apparently have yet to approve of his termination or resignation at a board meeting. As of May 1, school officials would no longer confirm Hansen’s status with Continue Reading

USD 231 test scores on the rise

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Preliminary results from the Kansas Assessments show that 96 percent of Gardner Edgerton students are proficient in reading, school board members were told April 16. That is a .7 percent increase over last year’s test results. Christy Ziegler, executive director of educational services, said the district has administered 4,500 individual assessments in Continue Reading

USD 231 records requests

USD 231 officials prefer that open records requests be made using a specific form. According to Kansas state statute, public entities can require that record requests be written. However, they can not require a specific form be used. A copy of the Gardner Edgerton School District’s preferred request form, is available here:  USD 231 open Continue Reading

Finance director no longer with USD 231

Eric Hansen no longer works for USD 231. Hansen, who worked for the district for more than 15 years, served as USD 231’s finance and business director. Leann Northway, district communications director, said she could not comment as his departure is a personnel issue. However, she confirmed that Hansen is no longer with the Gardner Continue Reading

Brownback urges stores to continue selling beef that contains ‘pink slime’

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gov. Sam Brownback may have a beef with signs posted in the local grocery store. The signs alert customers that the store’s beef does not contain an additive called “pink slime,” also known as Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB). Brownback, in a statement with governors of three other states, is urging retailers Continue Reading