About this time of year, it’s always interesting to take a gander at the stats from the past 12 months and see what our readers responded to most. Over the next two days, we’ll be looking back at the ten most read stories from 2015 on the site. We’ll start today with numbers ten through six:
10. Shawnee Mission ends tradition of overnight elementary trips. In February, the Shawnee Mission School District announced it was bringing the long tradition of overnight elementary school trips for sixth graders to Wildwood, Tall Oaks and Timber Ridge to an end. Officials cited a growing number of students with health issues, medical needs and allergies as part of the impetus for the change. [Shawnee Mission School District ending overnight elementary school trips to outdoor education centers after this year]
9. Early retirement incentive prompts staffing turnover in SMSD. A move to help the district reduce its wage costs prompted nearly 130 Shawnee Mission teachers to retire early. Superintendent Jim Hinson said the retirement incentive deal would end up saving the district $1.5 million per year and help decrease class sizes. [127 Shawnee Mission teachers already taking early retirement incentive; deadline next week]
8. Work begins on new $30 million Center for Academic Achievement. Among Hinson’s most assertive moves to remake the face of the Shawnee Mission School District was the push for the new 131,000 square foot Center for Academic Achievement on the site of the former Antioch Middle School. The building will allow the district to consolidate administrative functions currently spread across a number of buildings and provide modern facilities for a number of educational programs. [Antioch demolition under way to clear space for new $30-plus million Center for Academic Achievement]
7. Close call at Urban Table as motorist crashes through restaurant. A motorist who plowed through the south side of Urban Table at Corinth Square in July left one diner with minor injuries, but didn’t cause major harm to herself or any other patrons. [Car crashes into Urban Table, injuring one]
6. Rep. Ousley has harsh words for Governor’s tax breaks. Merriam Rep. Jarrod Ousley used his Capitol Update column in June to criticize Gov. Sam Brownback’s controversial 2012 tax cuts. [Capitol Update: ‘Kansas families pay for tax breaks for the rich’]
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the five most read stories of the year.