Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Dylan Becker
Dylan Becker
Reworked school finance bill would short Shawnee Mission $4.2 million. The Kansas City Star warns that a bill being considered by the Senate Ways and Means Committee would take $11 million out of Johnson County school districts’ budgets. The Shawnee Mission School District would lose $4.2 million annually. [Fast-tracking Kansas bill poses a new threat to schools and property owners — Kansas City Star]

Former SM East baseball player makes Missouri Valley Conference pre-season list. SM East graduate Dylan Becker was among the 14 players from across the Missouri Valley Conference selected for pre-season honors. Becker, a senior, was the Bears’ everyday third baseman as a junior, with 17 multi-hit games during the 57 game season. Last year, Becker was named a Missouri Valley Conference First-Team Scholar Athlete. The preseason coaches’ poll has the Bears slotted in second place.

WaterOne wins top honor. WaterOne has been given the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. General Manager Mike Armstrong accepted the award for the utility. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in implementing qualities of effective utility management.

SM North Patron’s Gallery shows KC artist’s work. The SM North Greg Brandman Patron’s Gallery welcomes artist Natalie Myers who will exhibit her work at SM North from Feb. 2 to Feb. 27. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 3. Myers is a multi-media artist who attended the Kansas City Art Institute and studied in Ne Zealand.

Abouhalkah explores JoCo’s ‘rocky marriage’ with governor. Kansas City Star columnist Yael Abouhalkah takes a hard look at how Johnson County is faring under the policies of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration. Abouhalkah notes that funding for the county’s well-regarded public schools, tepid job growth and possible reductions in road maintenance should be giving voters here, who gave Brownback a 49-48 edge over Paul Davis in November’s elections, buyer’s remorse. ” In today’s more conservative Johnson County, however, too many residents seem willing to give Brownback a very big benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, that attitude is jeopardizing the county’s future as a great place to live and work.” [Johnson County’s rocky marriage with Gov. Sam Brownback — Kansas City Star].