Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Walkers and supporters gathered in Merriam Friday before heading for Topeka on a three-day walk for public education.
Walkers and supporters gathered in Merriam Friday before heading for Topeka on a three-day walk for public education.

Game On walk hits Topeka. The Game On for Kansas Schools walk to Topeka to advocate for public schools will end this morning with a 9:30 a.m. rally and final walk to the capitol. Walkers who left from Merriam, Emporia and Manhattan converged in Topeka last night. More than 18 participated in the walk from Emporia, 15 from Manhattan and about 50 from Merriam. About 15 walkers completed the entire trek. A number of groups also have provided support to walkers along the way, including the MainStream Coalition and Kansas Families for Education and Kansas PTA.

Special meeting called in Roeland Park. The Roeland Park City Council has called a special meeting for tonight. The 7:30 p.m. special council meeting will be preceded by a council workshop at 6 p.m. The only item on the workshop agenda is review of objectives, The special council meeting lists an executive session on property acquisition followed by one public agenda item, which is an authorization to acquire property.

Prairie Village company closing St Joseph operation. WireCo World Group of Prairie Village has announced that it is closing a manufacturing operation in St. Joseph, Mo., eliminating 49 jobs there. [WireCo to close St. Joseph plant, eliminate 49 jobs – The Kansas City Star]

Moody’s rates Shawnee Mission bonds Aaa. Moody’s Investors Service has placed a rating of Aaa on $28.6 million in general obligation bonds for capital outlay expected to sell this month. Moody’s also maintains a Aaa rating on $271 million in debt already outstanding. The rating “reflects the district’s track record of maintaining consistent reserve levels … and its demonstrated ability to reduce expenditures to match revenues in recent years in reaction to state aid reductions,” Moody’s said. It also said the rating “reflects the district’s large and affluent tax base… strong financial operations with satisfactory reserves and a debt burden that is expected to remain manageable …” [Moody’s Investor Services]


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