August 21, 2014

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Chandler, Kellogg earn top honors

Two USD 231 teachers will advance to the Kansas Teacher of the Year Regional Competition.
Vickie Chandler, a sixth grade teacher at Pioneer Ridge Middle School, and Cyrena Kellogg, a fifth through eighth grade level family and consumer science teacher …

Bond issue advocates miss report deadline

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
A committee advocating for passage of the USD 231 bond issue may be in violation of campaign finance laws.
Brett Limer, an individual advocating against the bond issue, said no committee opposing the issue was ever formed. …

USD 231 officials not happy with reform plan

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Gardner Edgerton school officials are no fans of Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed school finance reform plan.
Eric Hansen, business manager for the school district, pointed out several of what he considers shortfalls in the finance plan during …