A big summer — and school year — for construction in Shawnee Mission. Students at a number of northeast Johnson County schools will notice some changes when they enter the buildings for their first day of class today. Crews have been working furiously to wrap up construction projects at the schools ahead of today’s first day of class. Among the most notable local projects were the rebuilding of the Corinth kitchen, the renovation of the cafeteria and the closing of the circle drive at SM East, and the rebuilding of the entrance at SM North. [Big changes are evident at Johnson County schools as bells toll the end of summer — Kansas City Star]
Lineup for KU Kickoff announced. The University of Kansas Athletics department this week unveiled the lineup for this year’s KU Kickoff, which will be held next Friday, August 21, at Corinth Square. Announced speakers this year include first year head coaches David Beaty from the football team and Brandon Schneider from the women’s basketball team. [Tenth Annual KU Kickoff at Corinth Square Set for Friday, Aug. 21 — KUAthletics.com]
SMEF breakfast set for Sept. 10. The annual Shawnee Mission Education Foundation breakfast, which features the annual State of the District address by Superintendent Jim Hinson, will be held Sept. 10 at the Overland Park Convention Center. The breakfast is expected to sell out again this year with approximately 1,400 in attendance. Reservations are being accepted now.
Groundbreaking dates set for new Shawnee Mission schools. Dates for the groundbreaking ceremonies have been announced for the new schools at Trailwood, Briarwood and Crestview Elementary Schools which will be started this school year. Trailwood will have its groundbreaking on Aug. 26, followed by Crestview on Aug. 27 and Briarwood on Sept. 25. The new schools are part of the major construction initiative undertaken by the school district after this year’s successful bond issue.
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