Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Dr. John Hollyman listens to the accolades during the Shawnee Mission Rotary Club meeting this week.
Dr. John Hollyman listens to the accolades during the Shawnee Mission Rotary Club meeting this week.

Rotary honors Dr. Hollyman on turning 100. Dr. John Hollyman, the retired Mission dentist who made many contributions to Rotary over the years was honored at this week’s meeting of the Shawnee Mission Rotary Club. Dr. Hollyman will turn 100 on Saturday. “You can all have a day like this in your honor,” Dr. Hollyman told the crowd, “all you have to do is just keep living.” Dr. Hollyman is a past district governor of Rotary and many other past district governors attended the meeting in his honor. The Rotary clock on Johnson Drive in Mission was dedicated to Dr. Hollyman.

Negotiations begin on new teacher contract. Negotiating teams for the Shawnee Mission School Board and the National Education Association of Shawnee Mission will meet April 22 to discuss the contract for the next school year. Negotiating meetings are open to the public. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the administration building.

McConwell’s gaming commission appointment rejected by Kansas Senate. Gov. Sam Brownback nominated former Mission Mayor Laura McConwell to serve a full four-year term on the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, but that nomination was defeated 19-18 by the Kansas Senate. The issued that stopped McConwell’s appointment was the old controversy over the city’s “driveway tax” or transportation utility fee (TUF). McConwell has been filling an unexpired term on the commission since last summer. The TUF was approved in 2010 and is still in effect. Sen. Kay Wolf said the local issue should not play a role in the appointment. Six Johnson County senators voted against the appointment. [Senate votes to confirm KDHE, KHP top administrators — Topeka Capital Journal]

New visual and performing arts high school hosts demonstration lessons. The new private magnet high school for the visual and performing arts that will start next fall in Prairie Village is holding demonstration lessons this month. “We believe it is important for parents and students to see first hand what our art intensive blocks will look like”, said Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Aspleaf. The vocal demonstration lesson on April 11 will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Matt Ross Community Center in Overland Park. The demonstration lesson on April 18 will from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Village Music Academy in Prairie Village. The Metropolitan School of the Arts Kansas City is currently enrolling students.

Anniversary Celebration at Tomahawk. Tomahawk Elementary School will celebrate its 60th Anniversary with an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 9 at the school, 6301 W. 78th St. Students throughout the building have been preparing for the event by conducting interviews with former students and completing a variety of historical research projects. They will share their work at the celebration event.

SkillPath buys National Seminars Training. SkillPath, the Mission-based seminar company has acquired National Seminars Training from Rockhurst University. SkillPath becomes the largest public seminar company in the nation with the acquisition. [Mission-based SkillPath acquires National Seminars Training – Kansas City Business Journal]

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