Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Jack Lewis and family at the 2015 Prairie Village Arbor Day event.
Jack Lewis and family at the 2015 Prairie Village Arbor Day event. Photo via city of Prairie Village.

Prairie Village recognized Jack Lewis as Arbor Day honoree. The city of Prairie Village last month planted a Black Tupelo tree in Porter Park last month in honor of Jack Lewis, a resident of the city since 1954 who has served on the city’s tree board for 14 years. Each year, the city selects a resident as its Arbor Day honoree, planting a new tree in their name. [2015 Arbor Day Event Honors Jack Lewis — City of Prairie Village]

Johnson County’s general obligation bonds receive Aaa rating from Moody’s. Moody’s, the international bond rating service, announced Monday that it had assigned a Aaa rating to the Shawnee Mission School Distict’s general obligation bonds, the issuing of which was approved by district voters in January. “The Aaa rating reflects the district’s large tax base with an affluent residential income profile, well-managed financial operations with adequate reserves in alternate funds within the parameters of the state education funding structure, and manageable debt burden with future borrowing plans,” reads the company’s rating rationale. [Moody’s assigns Aaa to Johnson County USD No. 512’s (Shawnee Mission), KS GO Bonds; outlook is stable — Moody’s]

Television covers chilly Shawnee Mission graduation ceremonies. WDAF ran a piece Wendesday night on the district’s decision to hold the graduation ceremony outdoors at SM South District Stadium despite the chilly weather [Outdoor graduation weather an unceremonious damper for some Shawnee Mission students, parents – WDAF]

Wastewater treatment plant gets even more coverage. The story about odor problems from the wastewater treatment plant near Nall Park, reported Tuesday on PV Post,  has received even more coverage on television. [Roeland Park taking acton to deal with smelly situation near park – KCTV5]

Former Shawnee Mission superintendent steps down. Dr. Marjorie Kaplan who left the job of superintendent of Shawnee Mission schools to return to Arizona several years ago, is stepping down as director of the Beat the Odds Institute. She came to Shawnee Mission in 1992 after serving as superintendent in the Phoenix area. She was succeeded at Shawnee Mission by Gene Johnson who retired and was replaced by Jim Hinson, the current superintendent. [Kaplan stepping down as director of Beat the Odds Institute – AZ Ed News]

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