Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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SM East head coach Dustin Delaney and the state champion Lancer football team took the stage at Monday’s Shawnee Mission Board of Education meeting.

Shawnee Mission School Board recognizes SM East football, girls tennis teams for state titles. The Shawnee Mission Board of Education on Monday congratulated the SM East football team for winning the school’s first ever football title. With the win, all Shawnee Mission High Schools have now held a state football title. Before the Lancers’ win, SM West was the most recent Shawnee Mission school to hold the 6A title, winning in 2012. The board also recognized the SM East girls tennis team, which won its fourth consecutive state title, led by senior Elizabeth Barnickel who took the individual singles title, back in October.

Costlow named Roeland Park “Officer of the Year”. The Roeland Park police department this week named Sgt. Randy Costlow its 2014 Officer of the Year. Costlow has been with the Roeland Park police since 1995, and currently serves as a patrol supervisor and an information technology specialist. “Sgt. Costlow’s dedication to duty, professionalism, work performance, and attitude were just a few items mentioned while he received the recognition in front of a large crowd at the community center,” said Roeland Park Police Chief John Morris.

Hinson cautions against proposed move to restrict teacher bargaining rights. During a meeting of the state’s K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission Monday, vice chair and Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson cautioned against moving forward too fast on a proposal that would restrict the ability of teachers’ unions and Boards of Educations to negotiate on anything besides pay and hours. [Commission takes up bill restricting teacher bargaining rights — Topeka Capital Journal]

Former Roeland Park City Councilor’s Facebook post quoted in story on Rep. Yoder’s Wall Street ties. The Huffington Post on Monday ran a piece about the backlash to U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder’s introduction of a provision into the government spending bill that makes it easier for big banks to get bailed out by the FDIC if they trade risky assets. As reported by the New York Times, lobbyists for Citigroup wrote the language Yoder introduced into the bill.  The Huffington Post story quoted a number of Yoder’s constituents’ Facebook posts on the issue, including those of former Roeland Park city councilor Scott Gregory. “I’m sure the good folks of the 3rd District were just beating down the door to get CITI favored treatment. You are a sell-out to Wall Street lobbyists,” wrote Gregory. [Kevin Yoder MIA After Tucking Wall Street Bailout Into Government Spending Bill — Huffington Post]


Hoopla in Fairway opening second site. The owners of Hoopla salon in Fairway are adding a second location in the Crossroads District next year. Hoopla opened in the Fairway shops in 2012. [Fairway’s Hoopla expanding – Kansas City Star]

Prairie Village police help catch metro package thief. The Prairie Village police department this week helped identify a Grandview, Mo., couple that is suspected to stealing packages off of front porches in northeast Johnson County and beyond. [Metro police investigate package thieves — WDAF]