Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Rep. Barbara Bollier will introduce an anti-domestic violence gun control bill with a Missouri state representative in Kansas City today.
Rep. Barbara Bollier will introduce an anti-domestic violence gun control bill with a Missouri state representative in Kansas City today.

Bollier to introduce gun control legislation with Missouri state Rep. Kansas Rep. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills today will join Missouri Rep. Stacey Newman at a press conference at the Jackson County Prosecutor’s office to introduce a bill they intend to promote in both state houses. The bill would allow restrictions on firearm ownership for those with domestic violence or stalking restraining orders.

Shawnee Mission teaching substitutes will see a pay increase starting Monday. The school board agreed to increase substitute pay from $120 to $135 a day. Long-term sub pay will go from $145 to $175. Board members said the change was necessary because neighboring districts had been wooing subs with better pay.

Prairie Village hiring for summer positions. The city of Prairie Village is now hiring life guards, concession attendants and front desk attendants for the summer pool season. Prairie Village is also looking for a synchronized swimming coach to resurrect the program. More information and application instructions are here.

Prairie Village homeowner talks about break-in at home. A Prairie Village resident told KMBC News about a break-in at her home where two of the men who were arrested are now free on bail. A new bill in the Kansas Senate changes penalties to make prison time more likely for criminals with a record. [Kansas bill would increase penalty for home break-ins – KMBC News]

Tickets on sale for SM East’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. Tickets for the production of SM East’s winter musical went on sale yesterday. The performances will be Feb. 4, 6 and 7 (with no shows on Feb. 5) at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tickets are $10 for non-students.

More coverage of teacher retirements. The retirement of Shawnee Mission NEA President Nancy Fritz and nearly 130 other Shawnee Mission teachers as the result of an early retirement incentive has attracted more coverage. [More than 100 teachers plan to retire in Shawnee Mission School District amid dangers of budget cuts – KSHB 41] Our original Prairie Village Post story ran Tuesday.

SM North’s Thomas Hart Benton painting could go on display. The painting that the class of 1957 bought from Thomas Hart Benton for $750 and gave to SM North as a class gift could go on display soon. The Kansas City Star quotes district security chief John Douglass as saying the district is negotiating with another entity to securely display the painting. It was valued several years ago at $700,000. [Shawnee Mission North’s valuable Thomas Hart Benton painting may go on display soon – Kansas City Star] Fox4 reported that the painting was brought out of storage from a vault in one of the high schools to show that it had not been lost or stolen. It will not be returned to the same location. [Painting owned by Shawnee Mission high school might be worth a million dollars – Fox4]