July 29, 2015

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 …

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 …