Debbie Hickman
Special to The Gardner News
Due to resignations by USD 231 board members Shelta Collins and Tim Rayburn, the district placed a public notice, as required by Kansas statute, in the Aug. 28 edition of The Gardner News announcing an open call for applicants to fill these positions.  Applicants were instructed to contact Lisa Berg, board clerk, either by phone or email for application information.
Ten days after the notice appeared in the newpaper, patrons expressing an interest in obtaining an application were told none were available until that afternoon. Calls to Lisa Berg, board clerk, and Leann Northway, director community relations, for clarification on application availability, found them both out of the office. A message left for Christy Ziegler has gone unanswered.
Late afternoon, application information was available on the district website and ready for pick up at the district office.  A letter from the superintendent accompanies the application.  It explains that each applicant will be provided five minutes for a presentation during the open session of the Sept. 16 school board meeting.  In the letter, Gilhaus asked that an applicant give a brief description of himself or herself, explain why they desire to serve on the board, describe the strengths of the district and talk about the challenges they believe the district will face over the next five years.
Following each presentation, current board members shall have an opportunity to ask questions. The board will vote on appointments during this meeting unless the number of applicants requires an additional special school board meeting be held to accommodate all presentations.  Possible dates for this special meeting include Sept.18 or 19.