Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


The new street lights in Mission are the final touch to the rebuild of Johnson Drive.
The new street lights in Mission are the final touch to the rebuild of Johnson Drive.

Mission street lights going up.  The long-delayed street lights for the rebuilt Johnson Drive project in Mission have arrived and are going up quickly down the street.  The lights did not get delivered as expected when the street construction ended last year. The lights are now being installed along the street which has been notably dark without street lights, except for a few temporaries. The project is largely complete with the exception of some final landscaping.

Business Journal reports total sales price of Village Shops, Corinth, Fairway transaction. Rob Roberts at the Kansas City Business Journal on Tuesday reported that the total sales price of the Village Shops, Corinth Square and the Fairway Shops came in at $119.75 million. The group that purchased the three properties in 2009 paid $62.1 million for them. ( had reported the sales prices for the Village Shops and Corinth Square in February). [JoCo retail centers flipped for nearly twice their purchase price — Kansas City Business Journal]

Indian Hills’ Carmen Cantrell named Kansas Master Teacher. Indian Hills special educator Carmen Cantrell is among the 2015 class of Kansas Master Teachers to be recognized by Emporia State University. Cantrell has been with the district since 1986, and currently serves as a collaborative teacher with seventh- and eighth-grade English classes. She is also a teacher mentor for an Indian Hills science teacher. Cantrell will received her award at a ceremony in April at the National Teacher Hall of Fame in Emporia.

Star covers Mission’s Turkey Creek Trail controversy. The Kansas City Star on Tuesday published a story on the Mission city council’s decision to hold off on giving the green light to a section of the Turkey Creek Trail through the city. (See our coverage from March 5 here). [Mission balks at bike trail citing location and costs — Kansas City Star]

Block grant education funding on fast track. A proposal to provide block grants to school districts in place of the current school funding formula was the subject of a procedural move that sends the bill to the full House floor for a vote as early as this week. The bill had only three proponents when it was heard in committee. [Lawmakers use ‘gut-and-go’ tactic to fast-track school funding bill – Topeka Capital-Journal]

Crowd rallies behind De Soto superintendent departing for Shawnee Mission. De Soto School Superintendent Doug Sumner will become part of the administrative cabinet in the Shawnee Mission School District in July.  His resignation has created a stir in De Soto where a large crowd this week blamed his departure on the actions of a board member there. [De Soto departure brings call for action – Kansas City Star]

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