Johnson County 2015 Community Survey reveals high satisfaction with quality of life. The 2015 Johnson County Community Survey finds that 96 percent of respondents are satisfied with the county as a place to live, and 95 percent think its a satisfactory place to raise children. Those rates come in significantly above the national rates of 83 percent on the “place to live” item and 79 percent on the “place to raise children” item. You can find more results from the survey here.
Effort to rejuvenate Prairie Village synchronized swimming team falls short. Prairie Village couldn’t get enough participants to relaunch its synchronized swimming team, which canceled its season in 2013 after 53 years in operation. The city had hired a coach in April and planned to put on its traditional Water Show in July, but only around a dozen participants registered, about half of the threshold the city needed to move forward. Assistant to the City Administrator Nolan Sunderman said the city may consider trying to relaunch the program next year.
Pembroke Hill to add girls lacrosse as official school sport. The growing popularity of lacrosse in the area has led Pembroke Hill school to add the sport as an athletic department-sponsored activity for the 2015-16 year. Previously, the upper school’s girls lacrosse team had been managed as a club sport. In Shawnee Mission, lacrosse is a club sport that is not under the management of the district’s athletics department.
Ad hoc group to look at Roeland Park development. Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt is naming three council members to join him on an ad hoc group to explore potential development of city-owned property – primarily the old pool site and the caves. The group could talk to developers and “see what needs to move forward,” Marquardt said.
Kansas City Christian student wins Boys State governor primary. Bryce Johnston, a Leawood resident and rising senior at Kansas City Christian in Prairie Village, is one of two candidates up for the office of Governor at the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy, being held this week in Manhattan, Kan. Johnson will face Alexander Trobough of Kansas City, Kan., in the general election after a debate Tuesday.
Reception for Roeland Park city administrator on Monday. Roeland Park will host a reception for city administrator Aaron Otto on Monday, June 8 at 6:45 p.m. The reception will follow a June community forum budget meeting at the Roeland Park Community Center. Otto is leaving his job with the city to take a position with Johnson County government.
Prairie Village girl victim in pornography case. A 15-year-old Prairie Village girl was the victim of a man who pleaded guilty Monday to taking pornographic pictures of her after she answered an online ad for a model. Marcus Clarke, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court to producing child pornography and attempting to produce child pornography. [Online modeling ad leads to child porn conviction in Kansas City – Kansas City Star]
Leawood teen at KU dies from meningitis infection. A Leawood teen who was a freshman at the University of Kansas has died from bacterial meningitis. Haley Drown, 19, was enrolled at the university in the past academic year. She died at St. Luke’s on the Plaza. [KU freshman dies from bacterial meningitis – KCTV 5 News]
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