Westwood Mayor John Yé and Shawnee Mission School Superintendent Jim Hinson echoed each other Wednesday in remarks to the annual Westwood Business Luncheon, stressing the importance of communication between cities and the school district.
In opening remarks to a room of business and community leaders from throughout northeast Johnson County, Yé characterized the strength of neighborhood schools as the foundation upon which successful communities are built.
“It all starts with schools,” Yé said. “As go the schools, so goes the strength of property values, and our cities.”
Hinson, who was one of two featured speakers at the event, said that strong relationships between cities and the district were crucial to the ability of the district to plan for where to focus its resources.
“We have to work together to ensure strong communities. We have to be inseparable in the process,” he said. “It is great for me to be able to sit down and have conversation with our community leaders about what is going on in neighborhoods in communities and in the cities because it impacts what we’re planning as a school district as well.”
Kansas City Visitor’s Association CEO John Stevens was the other featured speaker. Stevens used his remarks to highlight the strengths of communities like Westwood that have an “authentic” sense of community.