Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


SM North fans celebrated at Olathe South on Tuesday. Photo via SM North Athletics on Twitter.
SM North fans celebrated at Olathe South on Tuesday. Photo via SM North Athletics on Twitter.

SM North secures Sunflower League title with win over Olathe South. SM North boys basketball is guaranteed at least a share of the Sunflower League title after a 64-45 victory over Olathe South Tuesday extended their perfect league record. Lawrence High School, which defeated SM East 68-58 on Wednesday, is currently in second place with a 9-1 league record with one league game to go.

SM East athletic director leaving at the end of the year. SM East Athletic Director Kelli Kurle has submitted her resignation to the district office effective at the end of this school year. Kurle had been at SM East for nine years and the school’s athletic director the last three. She says she hasn’t finalized her plans for after she leaves the post, but “I have some options.”

Views on middle school change are mixed. Parents who attended a forum on the possibility of moving Shawnee Mission School District sixth graders into middle school were reportedly mixed in the views of the proposal. A district task force is studying the prospect and holding input sessions at each of the district’s five middle schools. Parents at Hocker Grove had a chance to hear the details of the proposal Tuesday evening. [Views split among parents on SMSD middle school proposal – WDAF]

Mission candidates differ on Gateway proposal. Candidates in the only primary in NEJC are split on the latest proposal for the Mission Gateway development. Incumbent Jennifer Cowdry supports the project and voted for the preliminary site plan. Opponent Kristin Inman opposes the current plan, which includes a 155,000 square foot Walmart. A third candidate is no longer actively campaigning, but a primary is still scheduled. [Mission council race starts election cycle – The Kansas City Star]

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