Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
School board vice president Mark Grannell called the Aug.12 Gardner Edgerton USD 231 board meeting to order as Tim Rayburn, president, was not present.
Following the call to order, the Vaughn and Riley Pemberton, first and third grader at Sunflower Elementary, led the pledge of allegiance. The board, at the urging of USD 231 patrons, added the pledge to board agendas.
In statements at the July 15 board meeting Maryteresa Kissell, patron, expressed her personal desire to see the pledge incorporated into the meeting agenda.
Kissell shared, “We live in the greatest country in the world, a country that has seen the tide of patriotism come and go.  The pledge was composed in 1892 to re-awaken patriotism, and I believe that it is something that is sorely lacking in our country today”.
District staff received final consent from the board to submit the approved, published 2013 – 2014 budget documents to Kansas State Department of Education and the Johnson County tax administration office by the Aug. 25 deadline. Rob Shippy, board member, prior to the vote to approve the budget for publication at the July 29 meeting, stated for the record that he believed it was reckless to negotiate and approve the highest paid contract in the district and then back into the remaining salaries given that reading specialist  positions were being cut.  – See more at: LINK
Gary Diener, director of operations, shared a letter from Manning Construction indicating that site work at the new Grand Star Elementary is nearly complete.   Grand Star doors are ready to open after nearly a yearlong construction.  There are a few project items yet to be addressed, but these in no way will impact the educational process at Grand Star.
As students and teachers prepare for the first day of school Wednesday, Aug. 14, the educational services team will be making the rounds to each school and helping to welcome students and families back for the 2013 – 2014 school year.
The next school board meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the board offices.