Danedri Thompson
There’s a new finance director at USD 231. Jeremy McFadden, who previously worked for a school district near Wichita, started with the Gardner Edgerton School District on July 2.
The board of education has yet to formally approve the hiring of McFadden.
McFadden replaces Eric Hansen. Hansen served as the district’s business office director for 18 years, but was suddenly relieved of his responsibilities last spring. Hansen recently began working in the business office in the Bonner Springs School District.
According to his LinkedIn profile, McFadden served as finance director for Renwick, USD 267, and holds a degree from Kansas State University.
McFadden will be tasked with drafting a budget proposal for next year. The school’s budget must be approved by school board members and on file with the state no later than Aug. 25, like all public budgets in Kansas.
McFadden is tentatively scheduled to give a budget presentation to the school board on Aug. 6. Board members have also scheduled a public hearing on the budget for Aug. 20.
The district has yet to schedule any finance committee meetings. Only two board members serve on the finance committee – Mike McNulty and Ron Ragan – along with representatives from the Kansas National Education Association, Superintendent Bill Gilhaus and other school staff.
Last year, district officials budgeted approximately $64 million in expenditures  That was up more than $3 million from the year before, and included a mill levy increase. In March, the district’s bond rating dropped from AA- to A+, due to the deterioration of the district’s nonrestrictive cash position to $0 from $3.3 million, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
McNulty and communications director Leann Northway did not return calls from The Gardner News.