Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Michael Poppa helped organize an Equality Kansas demonstration in March showing support for the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance. On Tuesday, Roeland Park residents elected him to the city council — though the close vote tally is not yet final.
Michael Poppa helped organize an Equality Kansas demonstration in March showing support for the proposed anti-discrimination ordinance. On Tuesday, Roeland Park residents elected him to the city council — though the close vote tally is not yet final.

KSHB profiles Roeland Park’s Poppa. KSHB on Wednesday ran an interview with Michael Poppa, who narrowly edged opponent JoAnna Rush in the unofficial final results from the Roeland Park city council elections. Poppa told KSHB that bringing a sit down restaurant to Roeland Park was among his top priorities on the governing body. [Man who fought for anti-discrimination ordinance elected to Roeland Park City Council — KSHB]


The Mission Project to hold Kentucky Derby fundraiser. The Mission Project, which offers social and support services for adults with developmental disabilities who are living independently, will have a fundraiser on May 2 with a Kentucky Derby theme. More information about tickets is available on The Mission Project site.

Roeland Park details rental inspection changes. Recent action by the Roeland Park City Council has made significant changes to the city’s rental inspection ordinance. Mandatory internal inspections of rental property will begin in 2016. The city has published a summary of the new rental inspection policies that can be reviewed here.

Drunken driver runs into Merriam welcome sign. A driver under the influence of alcohol early last Friday smashed into the monument denoting the boundary between Shawnee and Merriam on Shawnee Mission Parkway. The motorist, a 28-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries to her face in the crash. [Drunk driver damages Shawnee ‘Welcome’ sign — KCTV]

SM East’s Andrew Spencer wins Park Hill South Invitational. SM East’s Andrew Spencer came out atop the leaderboard at Wednesday’s Park Hill South Invitational golf tournament, played at The National Golf Club. Spencer shot a 68 on the day to best the second place finishers by three strokes. SM East’s Corey Knabe finished tied for fifth. The Lancers took third place overall as a team behind Rockhurst and Blue Valley North. SM East was the only Sunflower League school to participate.

Shawnee Mission an example of what drives student achievement. Parent education and wealth are just a couple of the factors that drive student achievement in schools. The differences between Shawnee Mission student achievement and that of students across the line in Wyandotte County can offer a good illustration. A segment on KCUR looks at student achievement and the influence of funding. [What really drives student achievement? Not what you think. – KCUR]

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