Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Temperature not only factor in closing schools. With severely cold temperatures greeting us this morning, schools say a variety of factors are involved in decisions to close or stay open. In Shawnee Mission, that means the condition of the buildings to make sure heat and plumbing are working. [School districts say multiple factors, not just temperature, trigger school closures – KSHB 41]

SM East plans dress/coat swap. The Fashion Club at SM East will collect gently used dresses and coats from now until Jan. 17 along with accessories such as shoes, jewelry, bows and ties. To get a coat or dress at the swap, a student must have entered a coat or dress to swap or pay a minimal fee at the day of the event. The swap was created to give students the opportunity to get new dresses or coats, which can be costly for each dance. The swap will be held in the SM East cafeteria from noon to 3 p.m. on Jan. 17. The swap is sponsored by the SM East PTA.

Shawnee Mission ballot open house set for tonight at SM West. Shawnee Mission School District patrons interested in learning more about the mail-in election on the district’s Local Option Budget and proposed bond issue can come to a community open house at SM West. The open house will start at 6 p.m. Ballots are expected to begin arriving at people’s homes as early as today.

Shawnee Mission Board calls special meeting. The Shawnee Mission School Board has called a special meeting for 7:30 a.m. Monday to discuss an early retirement incentive.  The board recently approved an early retirement package for district teachers, but that agreement did not include non-teaching staff.

Roeland Park considers new agreement for community center.  Roeland Park and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District are in the process of executing a renewal of the agreement to operate the Roeland Park Community Center. The city pays the park district $75,000 to operate the center and pays all repair bills over $300. The county provides two full-time staff and covers 70 percent of a third employee. The county is responsible for all programming at the center. The city covers the cost of the custodial staff and maintains the grounds and parking lots.