Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Kari Bowles and her students at Roesland Elementary were surprised with a grant presentation Wednesday,
Kari Bowles and her students at Roesland Elementary were surprised with a grant presentation Wednesday,

Roesland teacher surprised with SMEF grant. Kari Bowles, a teacher at Roesland Elementary, was surprised Wednesday with a $3,500 grant from the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation for an early intervention K-3 reading clinic. Excellence in Education grants were given to five teachers across the district to fund innovative and challenging teaching projects. The grants totaled $26,689 and will be implemented in the 2015-16 school year, The grant Bowles received was in part funded from the Diana Lain Hughes Forever Friend Charitable Trust and will be used to purchase materials and curriculum for a reading program that involves after school help for students to make the transition in early grades.

Brownback signs block grant funding bill in private ceremony. Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday signed the controversial block grant school funding bill approved by the House and narrowly by the Senate in a private ceremony. No members of the press were present, but Brownback was flanked by Republican leaders. The bill was supported by the Shawnee Mission School District and Sen. Kay Wolf, but opposed by local Reps. Barbara Bollier, Stephanie Clayton, Jarrod Ousley and Melissa Rooker. [Brownback signs school funding bill in private ceremony – Associated Press]

SM East senior wins Scholastic Art & Writing Award for poetry. SM East senior Afton Apodaca was among the select group of students from across the country announced as winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Apodaca won a Gold Medal for her poem entitled “This is How We Will Be Fixed.”

Two NEJC natives selected for K-State Student Alumni Board. Two Prairie Village natives are among the 19 students who were selected by the Kansas State University Alumni Association to be part of the Student Alumni Board. In their roles, freshman Andrew McKittrick and sophomore Mark Ronning will “work to enhance the K-State experience by creating a link between the Alumni Association and past, present and future students,” according to a release from the organization.

Westwood to hold work session tonight.  The Westwood Planning Commission will hold a work session tonight to craft language for a proposed new planned multi-family residential zoning code. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at city hall. Public comment is part of the agenda.

Roeland Park featured on KCUR’s Central Standard. City meeting fixture Tom Madigan and councilor Teresa Kelly were Gina Kaufmann’s guests on Tuesday’s edition of Central Standard on KCUR. Madigan and Kelly discussed a range of issues facing the city and what makes Roeland Park culture unique. [Roeland Park: The Small City With A Big Reputation — KCUR]

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