Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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SM North, SM East and SM South named National PTA Schools of Excellence. SM North was recently named a National PTA School of Excellence for the 2014-2016 school years. The National School of Excellence program identifies school communities where PTAs and the school work together to create strong learning environments. Just 170 schools across the country received the distinction. SM North has planned a recognition ceremony for its award at halftime of this Friday’s football game.

Fairway resident tapped to lead local Washington University EMBA program. Fairway resident Linda Endecott has been named the new managing director of Washington University in St. Louis’s Executive MBA program in Kansas City. The program was founded five years ago as an extension of the Olin School of Business. Endecott is originally from Pennsylvania, but has lived in the Kansas City area since the early 1970s and has had a career working in a variety of roles for consultancy businesses.

Coverage of former Leawood Country Club space. The Kansas City Star this week took a look at the long-stalled progress on a planned residential development on the former Leawood Country Club space at 89th and Lee Boulevard. A rezoning legal battle between developers and the neighbors put a wrench in the developers’ plans, and the recession made the finances of the project tricky. Today, the site has three small cul-de-sac streets on it, but nothing else. [10 years later, former country club site remains an empty dream in Leawood — Kansas City Star]

Johnson County plans service, observance for 9/11 anniversary. Johnson County government employees tomorrow will participate in an annual day of service in recognition of the 9/11 anniversary. Employees can participate in one of 10 service project, including volunteering the WIC Community Garden or cleaning up trash. The county has also opened a second Day of Observance site where residents and employees will be able to donate food and materials for needy county residents. The new site is at 6000 Lamar in Mission.