Lancers take 2nd in state boys golf tourney. Shawnee Mission East’s boys golf team couldn’t quite muster the performances necessary to capture their second 6A state title in a row. In the state tournament at Auburn Hills Golf Course in Wichita Monday, the Lancers came up three stokes shy of Blue Valley North, which won the title with a team score of 294 strokes. SM East junior Thomas Luger finished tied for first in the individual standings with Sion Audrain of Garden City at -2 par. Junior Joseph Brouillette finished tied for eighth with four other players at +2
Prairie Village city councilwoman Ashley Weaver submits resignation. Ashley Weaver, who had represented Ward 1 on the Prairie Village city council since 2012, this week filed a letter of resignation effective May 31. Weaver has moved out of Ward 1, and is consequently no longer permitted under city law to serve on the council. The city will put out a call for applications for people to fill the remainder of her current term in the coming days. Weaver was reelected last spring, defeating challenger Lee Duong.
Shawnee Mission East graduate seeks to become first openly gay Kansas legislator. Matthew Calcara, who grew up in the Round Hill neighborhood and graduated from Shawnee Mission East in 1999, this week announced his candidacy for the 30th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives. Should the Democrat unseat incumbent Republican Randy Powell of Olathe next year, he would be the first openly gay candidate elected to the statehouse. [Johnson County man seeks to be first openly gay member of the Kansas Legislature — Kansas City Star]
House passes school funding bill, but questions linger about whether it will pass court requirements. The House — with the approval of every northeast Johnson County representative — on Wednesday passed a new school funding bill that would inject $279 million of new money into K-12 public schools over two years. But a number of legislators who voted in favor of the bill, including Rep. Melissa Rooker, aren’t sure it will pass the court’s requirement to adequately fund public schools. “I trust the next phase in the process. Both sides get to present their case to the court and the Supreme Court will judge our work,” Rooker told KCUR’s Sam Zeff. The Senate is expected to take up its school funding bill next week. [On Day 100, A School Funding Bill Gets A ‘Yes’ Vote On The Kansas House Floor — KCUR]