Your daily planner for Friday, Dec. 17: Gardener Edgerton superintendent exits with $425K severance

This Chiefs Kingdom flag in northeast Johnson County withstood the gale-force winds this week, an omen for the team's thrilling overtime win in Los Angeles Thursday night. Photo credit Kyle Palmer.

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s me, Nikki, here to give you the rundown of what’s happening in Johnson County today, Dec. 17. First off, go Chiefs! Now, the weather …

Forecast: The warm weather we had earlier this week decided to not stick around. It’s set to be a cold, cloudy day with highs in the upper 40s. But at least the high winds are a thing of the past.


  • Lenexa’s fourth annual Holiday Farmers Market is taking place tomorrow, Saturday at the Lenexa civic campus parking garage. Residents can shop for ingredients for their holiday meals and gifts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find more information here.
  • A one-man show called “A Jewish Joke” will be showing at The White Theatre at the Jewish Community Center on Saturday and Sunday. The play follows a Hollywood screenwriter who gets caught up in the Communist witch hunt of the 1950s. Tickets are available now at The White Theatre box office or online here.
  • Jewish Family Services is conducting its food drive on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. People can donate their shelf-stable items at the front circle drive of the Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W. 115th Street.


  • Just days after superintendent Pam Stranathan accepted a distinguished service award, the Gardner Edgerton school board voted unanimously to authorize a $459,000 separation agreement with her following November’s election of a new school board, the majority of which had been critical of her leadership. [Kansas Reflector]
  • 167th Street now goes through Quivira to Switzer. The project constructed a new roadway along this stretch of 167th, including three bridges over Coffee Creek. The roadway is open to traffic as landscaping improvements continue.
  • The city of Overland Park said goodbye to over a dozen city staff that officially retired this month, totaling nearly 400 years of public service. Among those retiring is Fire Captain Paul Bishoff, Police Dispatch Supervisor Brenda Bradford and Communications Manager Sean Reilly.