Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Marlin Berry

Olathe superintendent leaving for job in Arkansas. For the third time in three years, a major Johnson County school district will be looking for a new superintendent. Olathe Public Schools Superintendent Marlin Berry announced Thursday that he is leaving after six years leading the district to become the chief administrator of Rogers Public Schools in northwest Arkansas. Blue Valley Superintendent Tom Trigg announced last year that he was leaving his post to take a job in suburban Dallas. In 2013, Shawnee Mission Superintendent Gene Johnson retired. [Olathe superintendent takes job in Arkansas — KSHB]

Duane Goossen, Sam Zeff to talk taxes, politics and faith in PV. Former Kansas Budget Director Duane Goossen will be back in northeast Johnson County later this month to discuss the intersection of taxation, politics and religion in a forum put on by Asbury United Methodist Church. Goossen will be joined by KCUR education and politics reporter Sam Zeff and Rabbi Moti Rieber of Kansas Interfaith Action. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Asbury.

Learning Tree celebrating 20 years in business. The Learning Tree, which has locations in Prairie Village and Leawood, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend with parties at both locations Saturday. [The Learning Tree celebrating 20 years of business in Blue Valley — Blue Valley Post]

Future of the Arts 2016 at Prairie Village City Hall tonight. The Prairie Village Arts Council will hold its first Future of the Arts Gala Opening tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Endres Gallery in Prairie Village City Hall. The event includes a juried exhibition of fine arts created and performed by children. The evening will include art activities for all ages and three live performances. More than $1,500 in scholarships and gifts will be awarded. A reception begins at 6 p.m.

Fairway still looking for summer help. The Fairway pool is still looking for help at the pool this summer. Positions are open for both lifeguards and snack bar workers. Contact the Fairway Parks Department

Harleywoods building moves closer to demolition. A building in downtown Mission with a long history is moving closer to demolition. The city council this week approved moving a demolition bid onto this month’s council agenda for approval. The building and the property to the south were purchased in 2005 for $650,000 as part of property acquisition due to floodplain revisions in Mission. A small section of the building is in the floodplain. City administrator Laura Smith said inquiries have been made in recent weeks from people interested in purchasing the land. The demolition bid was for $33,755. The council also discussed the land’s potential for more downtown parking.

SM East wrestlers holding car wash fundraiser Saturday. If your car needs a scrubbin’ this weekend and you want to support a good cause in the process, head over to SM East’s front drive off Mission Road on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the wrestling team will be offering car washes for $10 a piece with proceeds going to benefit the team.

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