USD 231 approves budget with 1 mill increase
The Gardner Edgerton Board of Education approved a $29 million budget for 2011 that includes a 1 mill increase. That will translate into approximately $19 extra annually for the owner of a $155,000 home in the district.

USD 230 approves budget with mill decrease
Spring Hill School District patrons may see lower property tax rates next year.
School business director Doug Schwinn presented a budget that includes a lower mill levy rate to board members on July 26.
The slightly reduced mill rate – from 66.561 last year to 65.432 for the 2010-2011 school year – will be possible next year because of two factors – increased enrollment and a decrease in assessed valuations.

Both Gardner and Spring Hill saw new post offices open in town. File photo

GEHS unveils new helmet logo
Gardner Edgerton High School has a new logo for its football helmets, according to officials at the GEHS activities office.
The new logo, unveiled earlier this week, features the school’s initials flanked by horns. The logo is outlined in blue.

GEHS joins new athletic league
The Gardner Edgerton High School ‘Blazers will start the fall sports season in a new athletic league. Last year was the district’s final year as members of the Frontier League. GEHS athletes will compete this year in the Eastern Kansas League, more commonly referred to as the EKL.
The EKL includes five schools from the Blue Valley District – Blue Valley, Blue Valley North, Blue Valley Northwest, Blue Valley West and the district’s newest school, Blue Valley Southwest, opening this school year. Other schools in the league include private schools Bishop Miege and St. Thomas Aquinas.

Gardner approves budget with 6.5 mill increase
Gardner City Council members approved the city’s 2011 budget at an Aug. 16 meeting, and the budget includes a 6.5 mill rate increase for local property owners.
That number translates into an extra $120 paid per year for homeowners with an assessed home value of $160,000.

Voters to decide fate of old Spring Hill building
Council approved a November ballot initiative that will offer voters the opportunity to decide whether to save the old school building. Council member Darrell Beck voted against putting the question on the ballot. The ballot question will ask whether the city should let bonds for the cost of renovation. The bonds will likely have an impact on property tax rates, but city officials have not said exactly what that might be.

GEHS student killed in traffic accident
A Gardner Edgerton High School student is dead and two adults are injured after an accident at 159th Street and Four Corners Road.
Sixteen-year-old Andrew Hurd of Gardner was killed after the Jeep Cherokee he was driving struck a Dodge Ram 3500 pick-up truck driven by James Crainshaw at the intersection.  Crainshaw’s son was a passenger in the truck.

Edgerton approves budget that includes trash subsidy
The Edgerton City Council approved the city’s 2011 budget, which includes a 50-percent trash subsidization for residents, at its Aug. 26 meeting.
The city’s current mill rate will hold steady at 42.893, but due to the trash subsidization, Edgerton residents will now pay $6.65 per month for trash services, instead of the current monthly charges of $13.30. According to City Administrator David Dillner, this is the monetary equivalent of an 8.153 mill rate decrease for a median-valued house (at $85,000) in Edgerton.