Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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New Merriam councilors sworn in. Robert Weems and Bob Pape took the oath of office Monday as the newest councilors for Merriam. Pape is the former Merriam Fire Chief. Both of the newly-elected members took their seats Monday night. John Canterbury and Pam Bertoncin chose not to run for re-election.

Star editorial board says chances of Shawnee Mission receiving full block grant funding are slight. In an editorial Tuesday that claimed it was “too early to celebrate” the anticipated funding gains for Shawnee Mission from the block grant billed passed this legislative session, the Kansas City Star suggested it was unlikely that the school district would see all the money it was promised. “The prospect that Shawnee Mission, or any other school district, will receive the money anticipated from their block grants is dubious, at best,” the board wrote. [Editorial: Too early to celebrate school funding gains — Kansas City Star]


New arts high school to hold second demonstration in Prairie Village. The Metropolitan School of the Arts Kansas City will hold its second vocal demonstration for prospective students and parents on Saturday. The demonstration will be held at the Village Music Academy from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The private magnet school plans to open in its temporary location in Prairie Village in August with 50 vocal conservatory students and 50 theatre/musical theatre students. Executive Director Steven Aspleaf says the school has 40 applicants already.

Fire district to host pancake feed and open house. Consolidated Fire District No. 2 will host a pancake feed and open house from 9 a.m. to noon on April 25 at Fire Station 21, 6400 Martway in Mission. Pancakes, sausage, coffee and milk are provided. Proceeds from the $5 suggested donation will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Star covers Fairway’s move to Roeland Park for public works facility. The Kansas City Star this week ran a story on Fairway’s decision to move its public works operations to a facility in Roeland Park. See our story from February here. [Fairway looks to Roeland Park for public works site — Kansas City Star]

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