Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

SM East seniors from last year's swim and dive state title team posed at the
SM East seniors from last year’s swim and dive state title team posed at the Women’s Sports Awards celebration

SM East athletes honored at Women’s Sports Awards celebration. Two SM East teams were recognized at the annual Women’s Sports Awards celebration put on by the Kansas City Sports Commission. Both the state champion tennis and swim and dive team got to attend the event, which featured keynote speaker Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, a six-time Olympic gold medalist.

Rooker pushes back on plan to divert highway funds to fill budget hole. Fairway state Rep. Melissa Rooker was among the legislators to buck Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to move nearly $500 million from highways over the next two years to fill the state’s massive budget hole. “The point is to have the conversation about robbing Peter to pay Paul,” she said. [Kansas lawmakers rebel against Brownback play to use highway money — Kansas City Star]

Former Prairie Village resident, daughter of H&R Block family, published book on personal finance. Barbara Stanny, a longtime northeast Johnson County resident who now lives in Washington state, recently published a book on her tumultuous financial life. Stanny is the daughter of Richard Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block, and grew up in financial comfort. But once grown and married, she found herself in untenable circumstances, with her husband gambling away their savings. Stanny recounts how she went from being a divorced mother of three with $1,000,000 in debt to financial control. The book, Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles, is available on Amazon.

Chapman topped 33 candidates for Wyoming job.  Gillian Chapman, who is leaving the Shawnee Mission School District for the superintendent’s job at the Teton School District in Jackson, Wyoming, was the choice for the top job after the board received 33 applications. Chapman will make $170,000 in the new job. She was interviewed by the Jackson Hole News and Guide about her approach to education and her background. [District hires new superintendent – Jackson Hole News & Guide] The story of her new job ran on PV Post yesterday.

Westwood council meeting moved. The Westwood City Council meeting that was scheduled for Thursday night will be held a 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 With two members not able to attend, the council did not have a quorum and was unable to conduct business so the meeting was moved back one week by pre-arrangement.

Library to hold public feedback sessions. The Johnson County Library has started work on a master plan that could affect services and determine future library locations. Several sessions have been scheduled to hear public input about the library and its future. Sessions will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the central library; Feb. 17 at Antioch Library; Feb. 19 at Leawood Pioneer Library; and on Feb. 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cedar Roe and Corinth Libraries.