Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Director of Safety and Security John Douglass at the SM Northwest security desk.

Shawnee Mission security director discusses district’s emergency plans in wake of Florida shooting. Shawnee Mission Director of Safety and Security John Douglass sat down with KCTV yesterday to discuss how the district evaluates its emergency response plans after tragedies like the Parkland shooting. “Every time there is an event, we have to take a look at the tactics used by the shooter,” Douglass said. [Shawnee Mission School District revisits security in wake of deadly Florida school shooting — KCTV]

Shawnee Mission East student dies after being taken off life support. Prairie Village police issued a notice Thursday confirming that Alex Carney, the Shawnee Mission East sophomore who was critically injured in a car wreck in Prairie Village last week, died Wednesday night after being taken off life support. Carney’s organs were donated, helping save the lives of others. [Shawnee Mission East student injured in crash into tree has died — WDAF]

Pilcher Cook introduces bill to create new position responsible for overseeing state K-12 spending. Senator Mary Pilcher Cook of Shawnee has co-introduced a bill that would create a new position in state government whose responsibility would be to oversee the spending of K-12 funds. The new Education Inspector General would “provide increased accountability, integrity, and oversight of elementary and secondary public education spending and ensure the proper implementation and execution of school finance laws,” according to Pilcher Cook and Masterson. “Kansans have a right to expect the billions they spend on education to be handled in a manner that reflects their will, not the whims of bureaucrats,” said Pilcher Cook. Pilcher Cook raised concerns about oversight of K-12 spending after questions arose earlier this month about allocation of millions of dollars for public education transportation.

County commission approves program designed to improve transportation access to jobs in southern JoCo. The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners has approved a plan that will provide reverse commute service to job sites in southwest Johnson County. The plan will add to service routes in an effort to connect the Logistics Park Kansas City at the BNSF intermodal facility in Edgerton with stops in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. The service will also stop at the New Century AirCenter. “This plan aligns with the commission’s main priorities — improving access to the growing number of jobs across Johnson County, especially to the many new employers and opportunities in the Logistics Park at Edgerton and new employers in Gardner,” said Commission Chairman Ed Eilert.