Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Roeland Park’s Horizon Academy recognized for Kansas Reading Initiative participation. The Horizon Academy, a Roeland Park-based school for students with learning disabilities, on Thursday received an award for its outstanding participation in the Kansas Reading Initiative, a two-year pilot program that uses a specialized reading instruction system called Lexia Reading Core5.

King Louie appraised far below price county paid for it in 2011. The Pitch this week took note of the fact that the King Louie building Johnson County purchased in 2011 for $1.95 million and then spent $1.6 million to clear of asbestos and lead paint was appraised in August 2015 for just $850,000. [King Louie is worth less than 25 percent of what Johnson County has invested in it — The Pitch]

Lancers, Stags finish atop Star’s final high school football rankings. No surprises here, but the state champion SM East Lancers and Bishop Miege Stags held the respective top spots in the Big Class and Small Class final metro football rankings from the Kansas City Star. [All-Metro: The Star’s final high school football rankings — Kansas City Star]

Fairway police chief thanks Norwood Street residents for cooperation. Fairway Police Chief Mike Fleming on Thursday published an open letter to the residents of Norwood Street for their patience and cooperation as officers investigated the early morning crash that killed a 26-year-old Overland Park man Dec. 21. “Due to the nature of the investigation several residents and guests were prevented from moving vehicles out of their driveways, or using ones that were parked on the street within the accident scene,” Fleming wrote. “Several residents also found their normal travel route blocked and had to adjust accordingly. The respect and cooperation demonstrated by each and every person that morning did not surprise me; it did reinforce my belief that Fairway residents continually rise above the rest.”

Kansas Health Institute features former Roeland Park CEO.  Daly Schmitt, who stepped down at the end of 2014 as the CEO of the Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center (RADAC), based in Roeland Park, is the subject of an interview with the Heartland Health Monitor. Schmitt formed  the RADAC in 1998 and spent 16 years with the organization. [KC Checkup: Five questions for Dalyn Schmitt – Kansas Health Institute]