Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Demonstrators in northern Overland Park called for the expansion of Medicaid in Kansas. Photo courtesy Finn Bullers.
Demonstrators in northern Overland Park called for the expansion of Medicaid in Kansas. Photo courtesy Finn Bullers.
School will be out for summer a day early. The Shawnee Mission School District has announced that classes for the 2013-2014 school year will end a day earlier than originally published. Kindergarten classes will have their last day of the year Thursday, May 22. First through eleventh grades will let out Friday, May 23 with an early dismissal day. Final exams for grades nine through eleven will be held May 21-23, with an early dismissal schedule each day. Indian Woods Middle School will let out May 21 to allow staff to prepare for the arrival of construction crews, who will be doing major work to that building over the summer.

Lancers make it three in a row. SM East’s baseball team continued its hot start to the 2014 season this weekend with two wins. The Lancers beat SM Northwest 8-1 on Friday and then kept the momentum rolling with a 5-1 victory against Gardner. Senior Gunnar Troutwine made the most of his first appearance at the plate Friday, connecting for two run homer. Senior Trey Austin took a cue from Troutwine the next day, hitting a two run homer in the top of the first. Sophomore Joey Wentz picked up his second win of the year in the game Saturday. The Lancers take on Free State Friday in Lawrence.

Rose challenges rosy revenue picture painted by Brownback. Former Johnson County Sun publisher Steve Rose, who flirted in 2010 with a run in 2010 for the Republican nomination for Congress, used his column in Saturday’s Kansas City Star to question the positive assessment of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cutting agenda being touted by Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan. “Understanding that this is a campaign year for Brownback, its is easy to see why his administration would like to rush out numbers that paint a glowing picture. But the numbers, at this point, are just plain half-baked, if not blatantly misleading.” [Rosy Kansas revenue numbers just don’t add up — Kansas City Star]

PV resident participates in demonstration for expansion of Medicaid. A group of nearly 50 put on a demonstration at 79th Street and Metcalf Ave. Saturday urging Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to expand Medicaid with federal funds made available under the Affordable Care Act. Prairie Village resident Finn Bullers, who faced a cut in care under the state’s shift to the KanCare program to manage Medicaid patients, was among the protestors.

SM East tennis star Cooper gets college accolade. 2012 SM East graduate Mollie Cooper earned a nice pat on the back at the college level last week. Cooper, who plays tennis at Colorado State University, was named the Rams’ Athlete of the Week. Just a sophomore, Cooper stepped into the Ram’s No. 2 singles position and won two matches in straight sets during a road trip through California. During her time as a Lancer, Cooper earned three 6A doubles championships, a Kansas record. [Rams finish road trip with win over Cal State Los Angeles — Colorado State University]

Another D-1 offer for Miege star Willis. Bishop Miege junior Ryan Willis earned his fourth Division 1 offer last week. The Stags’ quarterback had already received offers from Kansas State, Illinois and Kansas before Tulsa made their offer Saturday. Willis stands at 6’4″ and weighs 195 pounds. He threw for just under 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in his first year as a varsity starter this past season. [Tulsa offers Willis — Scout.com]