Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

J.D. Kinney will take over for Jack Shearer next year as head organizer of the Prairie Village Jazzfest.
J.D. Kinney will take over for Jack Shearer next year as head organizer of the Prairie Village Jazzfest.

Hinson says efficiency recommendations came from committee chair. Shawnee Mission School Superintendent Jim Hinson told the Topeka Capital-Journal that a set of draft policy recommendations on school efficiency came from the committee chair: Sam Williams a Wichita businessman. Hinson is vice chairman of the group assembled to study possible school efficiency moves. The draft recommendations include a proposal on school consolidation. [School efficiency chair recommends consolidation incentives – Topeka Capital-Journal]


J.D. Kinney to chair 2015 Jazz Festival. Jack Shearer, the chairman of the Prairie Village Jazz Festival for the last three years will turn the reins over to J.D. Kinney, who has been part of the committee, to lead the 2015 event. Of the recently concluded 2014 event, Shearer said, “it was a great year.” He said the festival is in the black with some collections to go and expects to have seed money to start next year. Asked about the first-time admission charge during a city council meeting this week, Shearer said, “it would not have worked if we had not charged the $5.”

Tutera to expand facility in Overland Park. Tutera Senior Living & Health Care is expanding its Stratford Commons facility in south Overland Park, The Kansas City Star reports. Company head Joe Tutera said the expansion “rounds out Tutera’s senior living services in south Johnson County.” Tutera is the company planning development of the Mission Chateau project in Prairie Village. [Stratford Commons senior living set for major expansion – Kansas City Star]

SM East finishes third in SM South Invitational. SM East’s girls golf team took a third-place finish in the SM South Invitational at Deer Creek Monday. The tournament was the first of the three Sunflower League events that determine the league championship. SM East’s Jessica Parker finished tied for second overall among individuals at 84 strokes. Teagan Noblit finished eleventh with 91 strokes, and Haley Bell finished fifteenth with 95. SM North finished eleventh among the team rankings Monday with 567 strokes. Kali Dyche had the best day on the course for the Indians, finishing 58th among the individuals at 137 strokes.

Brookridge Golf & Fitness sold to property developer. Meadowbrook isn’t the only golf club facing likely redevelopment in Johnson County. The Curtin Property Co. last week purchased the Brookridge Golf & Fitness club in Overland Park. Chris Curtin of the company said golf was a potential part of their redevelopment plans for the future. [Brookridge Golf & Fitness sold to Curtin Property Co. — Kansas City Star]

SM East grad off to hot start for Washington and Lee. SM East graduate Zach Colby has been a key figure in the Washington and Lee Generals soccer team’s fast start this season. Colby has scored four goals – including a season-opening hat trick — for the Generals, and currently leads the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in goals scored and total points with nine. Colby is already eighth all-time in career goals for Washington and Lee with 26.