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.
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.
The summer heat will soon fade, but summer vacation memories will live on in photos. Did you travel somewhere fun this summer? Share your local, national or international images and enter The Star’s 2014 Summer Travel Photo Contest. Send us your pictures taken during this summer travel season: Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day 2014. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30.
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.
A plan to increase Shawnee’s sales tax to repair its deteriorating streets will be coming back before the city council this summer. The city has 780 lane miles of streets, about 12 percent of which are rated from “poor” to “failed.” But the regular street repair budget of about $4.1 million, which comes from the gasoline tax, an impact fee on the landfill and the general fund, does not provide enough money to keep pace with the ever-increasing cost of those repairs, according to staff estimates.
Kansas ranked 37th of the 50 states for disability services, according to a 2013 survey by United Cerebral Palsy. Kansas has such a long waiting list that it would have to increase its program by 34 percent to meet the need, according to the survey.