Shawnee Mission bond vote sets modern record for winning margin. Voters in the Shawnee Mission School District passed the $223 million bond issue by an overwhelming margin in Tuesday’s mail ballot. Of those voting, 80.5 percent approved of the bond issue. The last Shawnee Mission bond vote was in 2004 on a $184 million issue. It was approved by 68 percent of those voting. In 1994, a $139.7 million bond issue was approved by 67 percent of the participating voters. In 1987, only 58 percent approved a $21.5 million school bond issue. In 1987, 70 percent approved spending $458 per pupil on operating expenses, but in 1981 only 33 percent voted in favor of a tax levy increase for teachers salaries. A $5 million appropriation for schools in 1977 won with only 54 percent approval. One more piece of election trivia from the Johnson County Election Office site: voters rejected a proposal to close Indian Hills Junior High in 1986 by a 10,976 to 5,078 vote.
Family of man killed in August accident files civil suit against SM East student. The family of Kevin P. Moroney, a 52 year old Overland Park resident killed in August when a car driven by an SM East student hit him late at night, has filed suit against the 17 year old and his parents. Criminal charges in the case are still pending. Moroney’s children in the case are represented by attorney David Morantz, who represented the Rathbun family after their son was killed in an ATV accident in 2012. [Wrongful death lawsuit is filed in crash that killed Overland Park man — Kansas City Star].
School calendar released for 2015-16 school year. The Shawnee Mission School Board approved the 2015-16 calendar Monday. Classes begin Aug. 12 and 13 and conclude May 26 – before Memorial Day. Winter break is set for Dec. 21 to Jan. 5 and spring break is March 14 to 18.
Prairie Village fire pit continues to draw coverage. The fire pit on a traffic island in Prairie Village is still getting media attention. [Fire pit stokes controversy in Prairie Village – KMBC] Our original story ran last week.
Roeland Park vote also draws its share of attention. There was plenty of new coverage as well on Roeland Park’s decision to remove the ban on pit bulls from the city. [Roeland Park City Council lifts ban on pit bulls – Fox4 News] [Roeland Park lifts its ban against pit bull ownership – KMBZ] Our story ran Tuesday.
Quill and Scroll honors 3 SM East students for yearbook work. Three SM East journalists have been honored with Quill and Scroll National Awards for their work on the school’s yearbook, the Hauberk. Afton Apodaca (people coverage), Audrey Dickens (photo illustration) and Maxx Lamb (student life) were among just 217 students across the country to earn the honor. Quill and Scroll in an honor society for high school journalists.