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Kansas City teens team up for world robotics championship

Teams from Smithville High School; Olathe Northwest High School; Shawnee Mission West High School; Lee’s Summit High School; a combined team from Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School; and a combined team from William Chrisman High School, Truman High School and Van Horn High School in the Independence School District will soon head to St. Louis for the FIRST World Robotics Championship.

CASA volunteers help foster kids find a voice

But too many children in state care don’t have an advocate. More volunteers are needed. CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties serves only one-third of the children in the state child welfare system in Johnson County. Last year, CASA volunteers served 327 of the 963 children under court protection in the county. There are currently 113 children on a waiting list for a CASA volunteer in Johnson County, according to CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties.

Olathe library’s future is clouded by controversy

Some in city government want to change the city’s charter to make the library a city department, rather than a separate taxing entity. Some former library board members say the current system is fine, and they are afraid of interference by elected officials.

CASA volunteers help foster kids find a voice

But too many children in state care don’t have an advocate. More volunteers are needed. CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties serves only one-third of the children in the state child welfare system in Johnson County. Last year, CASA volunteers served 327 of the 963 children under court protection in the county. There are currently 113 children on a waiting list for a CASA volunteer in Johnson County, according to CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties.

Fairway looks to Roeland Park for public works site

Fairway’s trio of buildings date to the 1950s and ’60s, were in need of repair and had outlived their usefulness. The city had planned to build a new facility on its site, but then found a building in Roeland Park that it could buy or lease.

Olathe library’s future is clouded by controversy

Some in city government want to change the city’s charter to make the library a city department, rather than a separate taxing entity. Some former library board members say the current system is fine, and they are afraid of interference by elected officials.

 

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Three named as Master Teachers

Carmen Cantrell, a special education teacher at Indian Hills Middle School in the Shawnee Mission School District, and Reed Uthe, a speech and drama teacher at Lakewood Middle School in Blue Valley, are among the honorees. Leslie McAfee, a math teacher at Piper High School, was also honored.