Community Growth and Development
Growing Communities…a Growing School District
At the heart of many new neighborhoods in Gardner are USD 231 schools. Developed to accommodate growing areas, schools are typically located within walking distance of several development neighborhoods.
- In 2007, Gardner Edgerton USD 231 completed nine construction and facility remodeling projects, including construction of a new grades 5-8 middle school, remodeling and additions to several existing schools, a ten-classroom addition to Gardner Edgerton High School, a multi-purpose athletic addition and a new soccer stadium at the District Activity Complex.
- Gardner Edgerton opened a second middle school, Pioneer Ridge Middle School, in fall 2007.
- Gardner Edgerton opened a sixth K-4 elementary school, Nike Elementary, in fall 2007.
- Gardner Edgerton opened a fifth K-4 elementary school, Madison Elementary, in fall 2005.
- Moonlight Elementary School opened in Fall of 2002.
- In 2012, USD 231 patrons approved a $72 million bond issue which will provide a new elementary school, a new middle school, upgrades to technology, upgrades to the DAC and synthetic turf, a new Multipurpose Activity Center at the High School and much needed facility improvements.
- While some school districts are experiencing declining enrollments, USD 231’s growth pattern is projected to continue over the next ten years.
- According the the 2010 Census, Gardner's population was 19,123, a 103.5% increase since 2000. Gardner is expected to remain a regional growth leader for years to come.
- A 2009 update from CERI, the County Economic Research Institute indicates that between 2007 and 2008, Gardner experienced a growth rate of 5.96%, the highest percentage of population growth among 19 area cities, and the ninth highest in Kansas. Numerically, the city's population grew by 1,040. This was the fifth largest increase in Johnson County, and the sixth largest increase in the state.
- Edgerton, with its traditional small town feel, is also slated for rapid new housing growth in the coming years.
Home Values in Gardner and Edgerton
- With the average new home price in Gardner averaging 22% below Olathe and 38% below Overland Park, Gardner homes are a great value for young families.
- A 2009 report from the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office indicates that homes in Gardner and Edgerton continue to hold their value.
- The medium house in Gardner in 2009 is $167,569
- Homes are an even greater value in Edgerton, where the average sale price of a home is $130,919 in 2009.
- Medium income in Gardner is $60,766 ($50,807 in 2000)
*Sources: 2009 Annual Report, Office of the (Johnson) County Appraiser
The Gardner Advantage Report
CERI, The County Economic Research Institute, 2009 Update