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Gardner Edgerton Board of Education to Meet This Evening

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The Gardner Edgerton School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday, March 5, at 6 p.m.

In addition to more routine items on the agenda – such as hiring someone to mow the school grounds and hearing from the superintendent that spring break is coming up next week — board members will have a full schedule.

They will hear about progress on bond-funded construction. Also, they will consider approval of the purchase of wetland mitigation credits, refinancing school bonds and extension of the superintendent’s contract. A petition asking the City of Gardner to create a benefit district extending utilities to the site of the new elementary and middle school campus is on the agenda, as well.

Overland Park-based DLR Group is the firm overseeing building projects to be funded by the sale of newly approved bonds. Tonight firm representatives plan to make a presentation to the school board about the high school Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC), which will account for about $8 million of the $72 million bond issue.

Related to the bond-funded construction projects is the board’s consideration of the purchase of wetland mitigation credits. Because there is more than half an acre of wetlands on the new elementary and middle school campus, the district had to obtain special permission to build there. In partial exchange for permission, Gardner Edgerton must purchase credits in order to compensate for the effect development will have on this natural area.

Source: Gardner Edgerton School District Bond Issue PowerPoint Presentation http://www.usd231.com/webusd231/pdf/2012BondPPII.pdf

Another agenda item related to the bond-funded construction is petitioning the City of Gardner to create a benefit district allowing for the extension of utilities to the new elementary and middle schools. Because the campus was not in the city limits, Gardner had to annex the land. Usually developers pay for infrastructure developments on such land. However, City officials have agreed to bear half the cost of extending Grand St. to the site, plus water and sewer services. The cost will be passed on to taxpayers through higher property taxes.

In other business tonight, school board members will consider refinancing school bond debt in order to take advantage of more favorable interest rates and save money for the district.

They also have on their agenda an extension of Superintendent Bill Gilhaus’ contract through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

The Board of Education meeting, which is open to the public, will place in the District Offices Building; 231 E. Madison St.; Gardner, KS 66030. Their next regular meeting will take place on Monday, April 2.


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JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.


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