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Shawnee Mission plans to get rid of fee for all-day kindergarten, cut class sizes

Superintendent Jim Hinson said the change was part of a multi-year effort to allow all children to participate in all-day kindergarten. He said the district will be able to absorb the estimated loss of $1.8 million in revenue through budget cuts it has implemented in recent years, but the plan won’t work if the Kansas Legislature fails in its effort to replace the existing state school funding formula with block grants or the state courts allow legal challenges of the block grant plan to move forward.

Freestanding emergency room opens in Olathe

The facility is affiliated with Overland Park Regional Medical Center. An open house recently showed off the place, which Olathe Fire Capt. Brian Chalfant praised as innovative and progressive.

 

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Olathe mall closure puts no-kill cat shelter in a bind

Purrfect Pets lost its home of 11 years when Metcalf South Shopping Center closed last year. Now its current home, the Great Mall of the Great Plains, is closing. And the thousands of dollars the shelter spent to upgrade and customize its space are essentially down the drain.