When we launched the site in 2010, the goal was to create a publication based on the following values:
- We believe that an informed community is a stronger community. When people don’t know what their elected officials are doing — and understand why they might be compelled to do it — distrust festers. Our goal is to provide people who live in northeast Johnson County with a straightforward account of the issues that come before their governing bodies, and how they decide to act, so that even if they disagree with the decision, they will understand.
- We believe in strong public schools. It’s pretty easy to make the argument that strong public schools are the foundation upon which Johnson County — and thus much of the state’s economy — is built. It is our belief that for the Shawnee Mission School District to maintain its traditional reputation for excellence, the board of education and administration should be held accountable for the decisions they make about education policy and the use of taxpayer dollars.
- We believe in celebrating the community’s successes. One of the things that makes a community a community is a shared sense of pride — about the life it provides its residents, about the initiatives it undertakes, about the accomplishments of its citizens. We want the Shawnee Mission Post to help foster the social capital that makes northeast Johnson County a great place to live and raise a family.