Johnson Drive business owners air frustrations about construction. The Kansas City Star on Wednesday documented the troubles of business owners along Johnson Drive in Mission and Merriam who are struggling through a downturn in business as the road is revamped. Kate Lavender, owner of Mission Wine & Spirits at the corner of Johnson Drive and Outlook Street, said the access issues caused by the construction have devastated her business. “It’s been horrible,” Lavender said. “It’s killing me.” [For merchants and motorists, Johnson Drive project is an exercise in perseverance – Kansas City Star]
SMSD sixth graders gather for annual Olympic Festival. Sixth graders from across the Shawnee Mission district gathered Thursday for an annual rite of passage: The sixth-grade Olympic Festival. The event features an opening ceremony with students parading around the SM South Stadium track, and then features friendly competition in events like the potato sack race.
SM North student honored at national conference. Five SM North students were among those honored for their burgeoning business acumen at the recent Business Professional of America National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis April 30-May 4. The SM North students are: Cody Cress, Hannah Merrell, Sawyer Goldizen, Skyler Barker and Walter Wright.
Teachers targeting House members who voted to remove tenure rights. The Topeka Capital Journal’s Andy Marso on Wednesday explored a growing movement among current and retired teachers in the state to organize against lawmakers who voted to remove their teacher tenure as part of a cobbled together school finance bill. “Teachers were seeking to make House Bill 2506 the main 2014 campaign issue even before the Legislature returned for its veto session,” Marso writes. “Kansas National Education Association spokesman Mark Desetti said they plan to continue now that the session has ended. ‘I think what we’re doing is mobilizing to do everything we can to affect the outcome of individual House races as well as statewide races,’ Desetti said. ‘This is a statewide issue.’” All of the northeast Johnson County representatives voted against the controversial bill. [Education emerges as key to House races — Topeka Capital Journal]