Northeast Johnson County morning roundup


Shawnee Mission School District headquarters
Shawnee Mission School District headquarters

Shawnee Mission School District teachers approve new contract. The teacher’s union for the Shawnee Mission School District approved a new contract for the 2016-17 school year Friday. “It was not a close vote,” said union president Linda Sieck. The school board approved the contract Oct. 10 for the 2,000-member union. The new contract, which is retroactive to July 1, provided a pay boost sought union for members not scheduled to receive a raise. Teachers with a bachelor’s degree would receive a $1,025 stipend, those with a master’s degree would receive $1,375. Those changes add $2.9 million to the $114 million salary schedule. In addition, teachers will receive an additional $17 per month to offset medical costs.

Roeland Park resident raising concerns about tax money collected in anticipation of Walmart departure. Roeland Park resident and former mayoral candidate Linda Mau scolded the city council Monday for allowing tax dollars tagged for filling a potential financial gap if Walmart left the city to be pushed into the general fund. Mau said that now that it is obvious Walmart is not leaving Roeland Park residents should get reimbursed. “Over these past seven years the council governing body has increased our mill levy and our sales tax under the guise that we are saving it for that rainy day when… Walmart moves out of the city,” Mau said. “That rainy day isn’t happening. I want my money back.” Mau said she was shocked and appalled when she learned the money had been put in the general fund where it could be used for any purpose.

Shawnee Mission East wide receiver picks up another offer. Shawnee Mission East senior wide receiver Trevor Thompson earned his third college offer over the weekend.

Thompson also has offers from Emporia State and Stetson University. Thompson has helped the Lancers to a 7-1 record, the Sunflower League title and the No. 2 seed in the Class 6A playoffs. He has 18 receptions for 522 yards and nine touchdowns. Thompson has also thrown one pass — a 52-yard touchdown — and has recorded 33 tackles and one interception.

Roeland Park appoints new city attorney. The Roeland Park City Council appointed a new City Attorney Monday to replace Neil Shortlidge who is retiring after 26 years of service. Shortlidge’s successor Steve Mauer is an attorney with the Kansas City-based firm Zerger & Mauer, LLP. Mauer will take over the position Jan. 1, 2017. “I look forward to working with you all,” Mauer said. Shortlidge has also served as the City Attorney for Mission Hills since 2007.

Mission will officially open park this Thursday. Mission officials have scheduled a ribbon cutting for Legacy Park and a dedication for Gibbs Plaza at Martway and Broadmoor for 11 a.m. Thursday.

Shawnee Mission East Class of 1967 planning reunion next September. The SM East Class of 1967 reunion committee has set Sept. 8-10, 2017 as the date for the 50th reunion. Janet Winn Payne is leading the committee and asks classmates to register at, a free website for every high school graduating class in the country. They can include a personal profile if they wish, and their email address to receive more information on the events planned. The class also has a Facebook page.

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