816 North Opinion

Change rolls along as the Northland grows

The Northland is changing as it grows.

Liberty pays Kansas City to treat its wastewater these days, but Liberty officials expect to have their own treatment facility running in 2016, Glenn Rice reports this week in 816 North. They told Kansas City last month that they were going out on its own. And they even say they might be able to take over wastewater treatment for their neighbors in Glenaire and Pleasant Valley.

Over in the North Kansas City school district, changes will make high school more challenging to better prepare graduates for their next steps — whether that’s college or a career. It’s a change that the Board of Education has been considering for some time, and Jill Sederstrom lays out the details of what they’ve settled on in a story this week.

And the bill is in for a big change that Clay County voters considered but rejected at the ballot last month: a proposed new county constitution. Clay County commissioners paid nearly $36,000 in legal fees to keep the issue off the ballot, Glenn Rice reports.

And it’s sometimes possible to roll back big changes, at least for a bit. Turn to Susan Vollenweider’s column to see how she managed that with her 15-year-old son.