Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Missy Johnson, right, with Deborah Sexton, President and CEO of PCMA.

Prairie Village woman named Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year. Prairie Village resident Missy Johnson has been selected as the Professional Convention Management Association’s Heartland Chapter Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year. Johnson launched her own meeting planning company, MJMeetings, in November 2013.

Fairway hosting “What I Love About Fairway” art contest. Fairway is expanding an art contest idea it piloted last year to residents of all ages. The “What I Love About Fairway” art contest will provide 18×24″ canvases to residents for a $10 refundable deposit. Residents then use the canvases to depict what the artist loves about Fairway. Judges will name winners in three categories: Category I: Children (ages 12 and younger), Category II: Teens (ages 13-19), and Category III: Adults (ages 20 and older). Participates receive their deposits back if they submit an entry by Friday, Feb. 27. For more information, email Fairway Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Nogelmeier.

School board meeting time changed. A special meeting of the Shawnee Mission School Board that had been set for 7:30 a.m. this morning has been moved to 7 p.m. tonight. The agenda for the meeting includes approval of construction contracts for security upgrades at each of the five high schools.

Bill could make way for criminal charges against teachers.  A new bill introduced in the Kansas Legislature could censor teachers for showing “harmful” material to students and make way for criminal charges. A KSHB report says the bill is the result of a controversial poster that was posted at Hocker Grove Middle School last year. [Kansas bill would criminalize teachers for providing certain material to students – KSHB 41]