Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Steve Rose argues that Superintendent Jim Hinson's raise put him in line with what the top administrators for neighboring districts were earning.
Steve Rose argues that Superintendent Jim Hinson’s raise put him in line with what the top administrators for neighboring districts were earning.

Rose looks at conflict between teachers, administrators over salaries in Shawnee Mission. Steve Roses’s column in the Kansas City Star over the weekend digs into the stalled negotiations between Shawnee Mission teachers and administrators over teacher pay. The article also looks at details of the raises district administrators added last year, arguing that they made sense in the context of administrators’ responsibilities and peers’ salaries. [Shawnee Mission teacher salaries stall negotiations — Kansas City Star]

Abode leaves Johnson Drive. Abode, which describes itself as a shabby modern boutique, has vacated its Johnson Drive store and is now located in Bonner Springs. The store, run by two sisters, found used furniture and accessories and turned them into rehabbed pieces for the home. Abode had been operating on Mission’s Johnson Drive since September of 2014. The space is now vacant.

Wildlife and landscape photos part of display. David and Debra Mootz, both of whom previously worked for the city of Roeland Park, will display their nature photos in the George R. Schlegel Art Gallery at city hall. They both will be at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 to answer questions about the photos. David, now working for Johnson County Parks and Recreation, located in the Roeland Park Community Center, normally displays his photos in the hallways for everyone to enjoy.  His wife Debra, while she enjoys pictures of birds, really has a spot in her heart for landscapes and close up flower photography.  One of the spotlight photos on display is of a Lion named “Majola” from the Sedgwick County Zoo, taken by David in 2006.  Majola has since passed on, however, he has several generations of lion relatives in zoos across the country.

Ousley’s seat among those targeted by Republicans in general election. Noting the gains made by moderates in the primaries earlier this month, the Topeka Capital-Journal’s Tim Carpenter says that the list of seats targeted by Republicans has narrowed to a handful. Among them, Carpenter notes, is the District 24 House seat occupied by Rep. Jarrod Ousley. [Kansas primary narrows list of legislative targets in November — Topeka Capital-Journal]

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