But while the trend seems to be taking hold on the Missouri side of the state line, most Johnson County school districts have been unaffected. Only one district, De Soto, uses a temporary employment agency, but it has done so since 2007 — well before the health insurance law was even considered by Congress.
John Bowman, a volunteer for the Shawnee Police Department, has started conducting free security surveys in early June for Shawnee residents on the department’s behalf. Other police departments in Joco offer the service, too, such as Overland Park, Prairie Village, Lenexa and Leawood.
Erfurt Park will have two shelters, multipurpose activity fields, European-themed gardens, a playground, a nature playground, a walking trail, public parking, a lookout mound near the sports fields and enlargement of an existing pond.
The new Shawanoe Elementary School at 11230 W. 75th St. in Shawnee, will be going up near the existing building. It will be slightly larger than the current school, with capacity for 500 to 550 students.
The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Heritage Committee presented its 29th annual Fiesta Hispana Friday through Sunday at Barney Allis Plaza. The event featured local and national music groups and folk dancers.
New construction is beginning in several districts, along with the completion of more secure entrances. Some schools will begin a new focus on learning through technology. In Shawnee Mission, schools are welcoming several new principals.
The latest chapter in what has been a years-long struggle is unfolding now before the Johnson County Commission. The city of Shawnee, over strenuous objections from Bell Road residents, asked the commission to approve a 25-acre sewer district that would serve the yet-to-be-developed southwest corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road.
William Trembley earned the Medal of Honor a century ago and then the medal was lost or stolen. Found in a piece of old furniture, it will be returned to members of Trembley’s family on Saturday in Shawnee.
Incumbent Amanda Grosserode is opposed in the Republican primary by attorney and businesswoman Jameia Haines, who has staked out more moderate positions, and Ray Marshall. The two Democrats vying to oppose the Republican in the general election are business consultant and Democratic Party activist Arthena Easterwood and pharmaceutical salesman Don McGuire. The district covers parts of Overland Park and Lenexa, mainly south of Interstate 435
Matthew Nesselrode, who has autism spectrum disorder, was limited to joining sports teams in leagues outside his school. That’s until he and junior Kaitlyn Moore joined forces to form a Unified Soccer Team at Mill Valley High School.