Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Briarwood Elementary students Victoria Drier (L) and Abilene Cashman concentrate on the challenge at the Union Station competition.
Briarwood Elementary students Victoria Drier (L) and Abilene Cashman concentrate on the challenge at the Union Station competition. Chuck Maples photo provided by KC STEM Alliance.

Prairie and Briarwood win in First LEGO League challenge. Briarwood Elementary students won the Programming Award in the Robot Design Awards and Prairie Elementary students won the Research Award under Project Awards at the recent First LEGO League World Class Challenge held at Union Station. The teams competed in the Robot Game with a LEGO robot built and programmed by students. The robots had to solve a series of problems.

School district says it still has Benton painting from SM North.  The class of 1957, in what was to become SM North, purchased a Thomas Hart Benton painting for $750 as a class gift. The painting is no longer on display at SM North after its appraisal hit $700,000. The Shawnee Mission School District says it still has possession of the painting but won’t disclose where it is being kept. [Where’s the Thomas Hart Benton painting? Shawnee Mission district isn’t saying – Kansas City Star]

Woman in jail charged with theft in Prairie Village. A Kansas City, Kan., woman was in the Johnson County Jailed charged with stealing more than $100,000 in jewelry and china from a Prairie Village family. Janice Scott, 23, was charged Friday with a felony. [KCK woman charged in $100K theft of Prairie Village family – KSHB]

Gateway assessment by Mission draws coverage. Both The Pitch and the Kansas City Business Journal had items last week about the assessment Mission plans to impose on the Gateway development to recoup money that the city invested in storm water improvements on the site. The Pitch covered the Mission decision to impose the assessment which also was covered on Prairie Village Post. The Business Journal carried a preview article earlier in the week about the upcoming vote as did The Pitch.

Mission business purchased by Connecticut investment firm. Mission-based Xact Data Discovery has been purchased by Clearview Capital, a private equity investment firm. Xact Data works with electronically-stored information and has 20 of its 300 employees in Mission. [Investment firm Clearview Capital buys Mission-based Xact Data Discovery – Kansas City Star]

Mission City Council to hold Wednesday work session. The Mission City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, which is normally not a meeting night for the council. The purpose is a work session to review projects that the city is undertaking over the next six months. Background on some of the projects can be found in the meeting documents.