Under a Kansas Open Records request, The Gardner News obtained the salaries of USD 231 employees.
The newspaper made the request after a district patron complained about being unable to afford fees recently enacted by the Board of Education to provide taxpayer-funded records.
Total cost for the 24 copies was $217.24; and Leeann Northway, director of community relations, said it took district staff 7.5 hours to produce the payroll report.
The records provided are not total annual earnings for employees as the newspaper originally requested.
In a written response Northway said, “Total compensation includes supplemental contracts, salaries, stipends, etc. (Such as coaching, teacher-sponsor activities, drama, etc.)” Salaries on the report are base pay.
In a Sept. 7 article in The Kansas City Star, Johnson County district attorney says public business is too often private, Steve Howe, district attorney, says good government should be transparent and suggests some Johnson County officials may need to undergo open records training.
The Star’s complete article is available online at LINK. USD 231 is not specifically referenced.
USD 231 SALARIES Pt 1