Several USD 231 schools now have a grab-and-go breakfast option, nutrition services reported to the school board. Students at Wheatridge Middle School and at Edgerton, Madison, and Moonlight Elementary Schools can now pick up a breakfast on-the-run.
At WMS, students before school can pop into the gym to grab a breakfast at a concession station set up there. Regular breakfast continues to be available in the cafeteria.
Elementary students can grab a take-it-with-you breakfast from the regular breakfast service line and eat it in their classroom.
Breakfast is served in every school on every school day in the Gardner Edgerton School District.

For five summers, USD 231 has offered free meals to children between the ages of 1 and 18 at Gardner Elementary School. Through the federally-funded summer program, district nutrition services has served free lunch to 72,389 children and served free breakfast to 21,025 children.
Officials recently learned that two other USD 231 schools now qualify for the program – Edgerton and Moonlight Elementary Schools.
Gardner Elementary’s program will be moved to Wheatridge Middle School this summer due to renovations at the elementary school.
Thanks to a grant from Kansas Team Nutrition, Wheatridge Middle School will receive $250 to host a nutrition and fitness themed family event. Kelsey Nelson, a physical education teacher at WMS, wrote the grant to improve the health of WMS families and students, USD 231 directors of educational services Jill Smith and Ben Boothe wrote in a memo to school board members. To qualify and be selected for the grant, WMS had to show its desire to reach out to students, families and the community to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

Negotiations between Gardner-Edgerton National Educator’s Association and USD 231 are underway, Jody Marshall, school director of human resources reported to the school board in a Feb. 9 memo. Negotiation teams from the administration and the teacher’s union on Jan. 31 to exchange items to be considered during the process. The teams have tentatively scheduled a first meeting on March 4.
District negotiators provided a list of eight items they would like to discuss in teacher contract negotiations. The list included health and dental benefits, the salary schedule and the supplemental salary schedule, annual discretionary leave days and employee due process.
The GENEA negotiation list of items overlapped most of those, and added additional requests for topic discussion. GENEA asked to update the USD 231 dress code to reflect current practices, and requested that the district consider providing paid tuition for all-day kindergarten for certified staff and a $50 waiver of registration fees for students of certified employees.

School board members agreed to refinance a series of bonds issued in 2005 and 2006 during the Feb. 9 meeting. According to district bond counsel, the refinancing could save the district as much as $1 million due to more favorable interest rates.