Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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The closed Mission Theatre on Johnson Drive in Mission. Photo by dalemonaghen via Cinema Treasures used under a Creative Commons license.
The closed Mission Theatre on Johnson Drive in Mission. Photo by dalemonaghen via Cinema Treasures used under a Creative Commons license.

Mission Theatre remodel preparation begins. The Mission Theatre closed early this year leaving some brides scrambling for a place to hold receptions. The city announced this week that it has received plans for an interior tearout of the building’s existing finishes. The work is planned in preparation for a remodel, but a new tenant has not been identified.

Barkley Street closings this week. The contractor for the Cornerstone Commons project along Johnson Drive and Barkley Street in Mission will be closing Barkley Street for some time this week to connect water and sanitary sewer service to the new development. Access the the McDonald’s will still be possible for both Martway or Johnson Drive.

Shawnee Mission calls special board meeting. The Shawnee Mission School Board has called a special meeting for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the board room of the administration building for a presentation on Tax Increment Financing.

Rose calls for lifting of cap on how much local money school districts can raise. Former Johnson County Sun Publisher Steve Rose this weekend used his Kansas City Star column to call on the state legislature to remove the cap on the local option budget — money raised locally through school district taxation — in a new school finance formula. Rose said the current school finance formula is based on a “very liberal interpretation of the Kansas Constitution” which tried to make all school districts equal. “If Shawnee Mission, or any other districts, determine…that they want two foreign language teachers in each elementary school…that should be the prerogative of the patrons,” Rose writes. “It should not, in effect, be ruled out by the whims of the Legislature’s formula or by pressures from outside interest groups, such as teachers unions.” [Don’t hold back ambitious school districts in Kansas — Kansas City Star]

Prairie Village group forms online petition to call for Mission Road safety improvements. The group of Prairie Village residents organizing a show of support for the idea of a “road diet” on Mission between 71st and 75th Streets started an online petition over the weekend at Change.org. You can sign the petition here. The petition already has 90 signatures.

SM East track athletes qualify for Kansas Relays. SM East track coach David Pennington reports that the following athletes have been selected to participate in next weekend’s Kansas Relays in Lawrence: Erik Harken, 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles; Theresa McAlister in the steeple chase; Kaycee Mayfield in 100m; and Phoebe Aguiar in 400m. Two teams also qualified. Kaycee Mayfield, Phoebe Aguiar, Hope Dunn and Theresa McAlister will compete in the girls 4×4 relay. And the boys distance relay team consisting of Will Moore, Will Clough, Lance Meng, George Miller and Jack Young will compete in the 4x800m relay, 4x1600m relay and the distance medley relay.

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