The City of Gardner will host its second Citizens Academy, Gardner You!, beginning Jan. 28.
From the 2015 class, at least one graduate, Lee Moore, is now an elected official, and at least four – Andy Stevens, Bruce Hughes, Julie Aldridge and Walter Hermreck – serve on advisory committees.
“It’s a helpful experience for those in our community who care about how the city operates and how policy is developed,” said Chris Morrow, mayor. “Anyone who cares about Gardner’s future would certainly enjoy participating in Gardner You!”
Gardner You! is a seven-week interactive civic and public information program that focuses on educating residents and business owners about the Gardner’s governmental process.
Department directors and other city staff will lead unique and informative sessions designed to give citizens hands-on experience in city government operations.
Gardner You! sessions will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at City Hall.
Topics to be covered include: finance and budget, business and economic development, and city boards and commissions. The academy will also include a tour of city facilities on Friday, March 25.
The academy is open to Gardner residents and business owners who are 18 years old or older. Five of the available 20 slots are reserved for students at Gardner-Edgerton High School. Students must provide a recommendation from a teacher or other faculty member as to why the student should attend the Citizens Academy. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, please contact Jeanne Koontz, city clerk, at (913) 856-0945 or