Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Matt Johnson received the Art Newcomer Promising Athletic Director Award from the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Matt Johnson received the Art Newcomer Promising Athletic Director Award from the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Shawnee Mission athletic director honored for early career success. Shawnee Mission district athletic Director Matt Johnson is the recipient of this year’s Art Newcomer Promising Athletic Director Award from the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Named after former Shawnee Mission East Athletic Director Dr. Art Newcomer, the award recognizes a Kansas high school AD in his or her second or third year in the role. Johnson started in his current position in 2013 after serving in a number or sports leadership and administrative roles in the district, most recently as principal of Westridge Middle School.

NEJC students among SMAC PTA Reflections winners. The Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA this week recognized local winners of the annual Reflections art contest, which is put on annually by district PTA organizations across the state. This year’s theme was “The world would be a better place if…” NEJC winners included: Michael Thibodeau, SM East, visual arts; Elizabeth Oliver, SM North, literature; Hayley Neff, SM North, photography; Andrew Hartnett, SM East, photography; Ishya Bhavsar, Briarwood, music; Grace Piper Fields, Corinth, music; Lola Gravatt, Highlands, photography; Griffin Keeter, Indian Hills, music; Hannah Patterson, SM North, music; Bhavish Dinakar, SM East, music; Maddie Thibodeau, Highlands, music; and Emilia Gibbs, Corinth, music. Each of these winners’ work will be considered in the state level competition, with winners announced in March.

City administrator gets new contract. Roeland Park City Administrator Aaron Otto received a new contract with the city which included a $1,000 bonus payment. The council has met in executive session several times to discuss a new contract. Two councilors objected to the process used for the contract and voted against its approval.


April election information available. The Kansas City Star has published its spring election guide for Johnson County offices with information on the candidates running, including those for Shawnee Mission School Board, Roeland Park City Council and the Mission Hills City Council, which all have contested races. [Johnson Count spring election guide 2015 – Kansas City Star]

NEJC Chamber of Commerce plans golf outing. The 14th Annual Golf Classic sponsored by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce will be held June 16 at Falcon Ridge Golf Club in Lenexa. The tournament hosts golfers, sponsors and volunteers from move than 50 companies in the community. The day features several contests and raffle prizes. Businesses can register as a team of four, single golfer, sponsor a hole and provide promotional items for gift bags. Registration is a 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast and a shotgun start. More information and registration is available by contacting the Chamber.

“Irrelevant culture war skirmishes” at heart of Roeland Park elections, according to the Pitch. The Pitch’s David Hudnall documents how the fight over the anti-discrimination ordinance in Roeland Park last year has fueled opposing candidates in this spring’s city council elections. “In a city where the looming departure of a Wal-Mart is about to vaporize some $700,000 in annual sales-tax revenue — roughly the budget for RP’s police department — the new leaders may be chosen by people who have been manipulated into believing that limiting gay rights and abortion is a top priority,” Hudnall wrote. “That’s nothing new in Kansas, of course. But in an inner-ring suburb like Roeland Park, historically a moderate burg, it may be cause for more than the usual amount of concern.” [Streetside: How irrelevant culture-war skirmishes may shape Roeland Park’s future — The Pitch]

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