Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson.
Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson.

Shawnee Mission superintendent says possibility of schools closing this fall is real. Jim Hinson told The Kansas City Star that legislators and educators have been “so polarized” they have not been able to solve the school funding dilemma that threatens to close schools next fall. Hinson said schools don’t know how to budget for next year at a time when they normally would be finished with that budget. [Shawnee Mission schools superintendent: No certainty Kansas schools will open next year – The Kansas City Star]

Miege girls kick off state title defense today. Bishop Miege’s girls basketball team will look to extend its perfect record on the season in the first round of the state 4A Division 1 tournament tonight at the Salina Bicentennial Center. The 22-0 Stags will face the eight seed, Andale High School, at 6:30 p.m.

Johnson County sends out information on Zika virus. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has issued a non-emergency message about the Zika virus for residents who may be traveling to the tropics. The JCDHE site contains a posting regarding Zika virus and links with additional information.

Women’s Foundation issues report on women in Kansas. A new report on the “Status of Women in Kansas” has been released by the Women’s Foundation. Among the findings are that only 24.8 percent of the Kansas legislature is female and that women in Kansas earn 79 cents for every dollar of male earnings. Rep. Melissa Rooker of Fairway is quoted in the Foundation’s news release as saying the study provides “a wealth of creditable data that can be used to increase economic development opportunities not just for women, but for all Kansans.”

SM East’s Akshay Dinakar in 2016 National Youth Orchestra. Akshay Dinakar is one of three Kansas students who have been selected for the 2016 National Youth Orchestra of the United States. Dinakar, who plays the violin, has been selected for the honor before. Created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the program recognizes the finest musicians from across the country ages 16-19. The 109 members of the orchestra were announced by Carnegie Hall. The selection followed a competitive audition process. The orchestra will tour in Europe this summer following performances in New York.

NEJC councilors attending National League of Cities Congressional Conference. Four city council members from northeast Johnson County cities are attending the NLC Conference. Ruth Hopkins of Prairie Village serves on the NLC National Advisory Committee and is a former NLC board member; Debbie Kring of Mission serves on the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee; Becky Fast of Roeland Park serves on the Human Development Advisory Committee. Also attending is David Morrison of Prairie Village. The attendees will have a chance to meet with the Kansas Congressional Delegation during the conference.

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