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Shawnee Mission School District

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Shawnee Mission School District connects to high speed internet

The Shawnee Mission School District has a new high-speed fiber-optic network.

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K-State program aims to help first-generation college students

Shawnee Mission North is participating in a pilot program aimed to help future first-generation college students.

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Year’s first legislative info session highlights district’s top school finance reform issues

If Gov. Sam Brownback’s school financing proposal passes and the Shawnee Mission district gets the local taxing authority it’s been advocating, there’s always a chance voters won’t support an increase. The concern, voiced Friday by a parent at the district’s first Legislative Information Session of 2012, drew a hopeful response from Superintendent Gene Johnson.

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Additional construction at Hocker Grove approved

The ongoing construction project at Hocker Grove Middle School may receive more than $34,000 in additional work as Shawnee Mission superintendent Gene Johnson will recommend addressing a design omission during a special school board meeting on Monday.

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Shawnee Mission saves on energy costs, consumption for another year

Shawnee Mission came in well under budget in energy expenditures for 2010-11, its energy analyst, Bruce Palmer, said.

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Shawnee Mission again calls for greater local tax authority

Shawnee Mission also tweaked its weapons policy and listened to a comment on its handling of the senior who criticized the governor on Twitter

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LIVE: Coverage of Monday's Shawnee Mission school board meeting

Visit us shortly after 7 p.m. for a live stream of tonight's Shawnee Mission school board meeting.

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Shawnee Mission braces for 'terribly interesting' legislative session

The Shawnee Mission school district held its first legislative workshop of the school year in anticipation of what is being called “the most interesting and trying session in a long time.”

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New Common Core Standards to entail large investments in resources, more testing

On Monday, the Shawnee Mission school board listened to how the district will transition from No Child Left Behind to the new standards by 2014.

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Shawnee Mission tweaks transfer policy, approves 2011-12 teacher contracts

Parents wishing to transfer their child to another school in the Shawnee Mission school district now must submit their request a month earlier than previously stipulated.

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Shawnee parents press district to react to growing class sizes

Parents speaking at school board meeting fear they are too late in asking district for help.

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Parents plan to voice concerns over class sizes at Shawnee Mission meeting

Group to include parents from Shawnee

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'Yes' vote expected in Shawnee Mission teacher negotiations

Agreement includes $1,000 stipend, no wage increase

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SMSD employees to receive pay bonus, expanded benefits

Days before the 2011-12 school year began for students, the Shawnee Mission school board and district teachers reached a tentative agreement calling for bonuses but no salary increases.

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Shawnee Mission board, education association reach tentative contract agreement

Agreement includes $1,000 stipend for full-time employees

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Shawnee Mission 2011-12 budget approved by board

District cut $9.1 million from budget after third year of state aid cuts

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Shawnee Mission proposing school tax decrease

The Shawnee Mission Board of Education will vote on a budget for the upcoming school year that includes a decrease in the district’s property tax rate.

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Shawnee Mission board receives legislative update

Stuart Little just had his contract renewed to continue serving as lobbyist for the Shawnee Mission school district when he took the lectern and gave the district’s board bad news.

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Shawnee Mission lobbyist kept, delivers legislative update

Mission Valley sale approved, district bids farewell to two

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State schools association pitches member renewal to Shawnee Mission board

Shawnee Mission school board will determine whether to renew $18,000 membership

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School board association makes case for Shawnee Mission membership

Membership costs Shawnee Mission more than $18,000, legal services cost $1,400.

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Shawnee Mission facility fees increase, district amends harassment policy

Across-the-board rises in facility use fees approved by school board

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Amended high school activity fee now $90

All Shawnee Mission high school students must pay fee

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Initial Shawnee Mission pay-to-play fee approved was an error

Board approves $90 participation/activity fee

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Shawnee Mission board to discuss $90 participation fee tonight

Superintendent Gene Johnson previously recommended a $50 high school participation fee

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‘Pay-to-play’ fee approved, but details still lacking

Fee's implementation to be discussed at May 9 school board meeting

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Shawnee Mission board OKs pay-to-participate fees

Shawnee Mission students will be charged a $50 fee next year to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities.

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Shawnee Mission school board approves student fee increases, additions

Students will be charged a $50 activity participation fee next year

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Shawnee Mission proposal trims $8.3 million

Citing a dire fiscal situation, Shawnee Mission superintendent Gene Johnson recommends $8.3 million in cuts and fee increases to next year’s district budget.

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More than $8.3 million in cuts recommended by Shawnee Mission superintendent

Board will vote on 2011-12 budget in August.

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Shawnee Mission superintendent ready to present budget reduction recommendations

Monday's Shawnee Mission school board meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in Shawnee Mission South's cafeteria

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Surveys weigh in on proposed SM cuts

School district releases results, 3,536 comments

The Shawnee Mission school district will review more than 8,500 responses to its budget reduction survey as it expects to make cuts for a third consecutive year.

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Shawnee Mission reviews budget survey results

District received more than 8,500 responses, will vote on budget in August

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Shawnee Mission superintendent to brief board on budget survey results

Report from district's budget reduction survey will be delivered during Monday's meeting

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Despite exceeding inclement weather days, Shawnee Mission final class dates unchanges

Record number of snow days won't cause district to change course

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Leavens, Altenbernd, St. Clair advance to general election

Top three candidates for at large seat advance to general election

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Hocker Grove renovations approved, get fall start date

Shawnee Mission school board acts on recommendation for up to $10 million in improvements

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School lawsuit in national spotlight

A ruling is expected within two to three weeks in the lawsuit filed by a group of Shawnee Mission USD 512 parents against the state over its cap on how much can be raised for education through property taxes.

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Metsker resigns school board post

Metsker will work full time in the office of Kevin Yoder, who was recently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District.

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Shawnee Mission board member resigns

Seasoned Shawnee Mission school board member Susan Metsker is resigning her seat to accept a Congressional staff position, the school district announced Wednesday.

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SMSD votes to close Mission Valley, Antioch middle schools

The fall of 2011 will bring a plethora of changes to Shawnee Mission USD 512. Enrollment at Hocker Grove Middle School will swell, while all students from Ray Marsh and Broken Arrow elementary schools will be funneled to the Shawnee Mission Northwest High School feeder pattern.

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Cause of outbreak at Overland Park school identified

Norovirus, a highly contagious virus, caused the outbreak that closed Trailwood Elementary School for two days this week.

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SMSD announces new proposed boundaries for Bonjour closing

The Shawnee Mission USD 512 announced a community meeting to discuss new boundary divisions for the possible closing of Don Bonjour Elementary School.

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Ray Marsh boundary revision doesn't sit well with parents

Approximately 20 students from each grade at Ray Marsh Elementary School would attend Hocker Grove Middle and Shawnee Mission North High schools in the future, if a revised boundary change proposal is approved.

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Antioch Middle School parents worry about overcrowding

Safety was the major concern for parents at the Antioch Middle School closing community meeting Tuesday night.

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Proposal could move 44 students to Benninghoven

If the Shawnee Mission USD 512 Board of Education passes proposed boundary changes and school closing on Nov. 8, the landscape of the district will change for many students.

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Overcrowding a concern for parents of Hocker Grove-Antioch middle school consolidation

Safety was the major concern for parents at the Antioch Middle School closing community meeting Tuesday night.

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Patrons turn out to support Ray Marsh boundaries

Opposition for the Shawnee Mission USD 512 proposal for change to the Ray Marsh Elementary School boundary line from Northwest to North high school was evident on Thursday night.

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SMSD boasts 30 National Merit Semifinalists

Thirty seniors in the Shawnee Mission School District received recognition as National Merit Semifinalists for 2011.

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SMSD proposes five school closures; Shawanoe included in list

The Shawnee Mission USD 512 could expect $3 million a year in savings if proposals to close five schools are accepted in November.

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Shawanoe Elementary among proposed school closings in USD 512

Shawanoe Elementary School in Shawnee is among five schools in Shawnee Mission USD 512 targeted for closing in a proposal presented Monday by Superintendent of Schools Gene Johnson.

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USD 512 approves budget, increases mill levy

Only time will tell how the Shawnee Mission USD 512 spending picture will change as the coming school year progresses, but on Monday the Board of Education unanimously approved a $442.5 million budget for the 2010-11 school year.

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Shawnee Mission School District hires lobbyist on a year-long contract

Shawnee Mission USD 512 will have one person on their side in Topeka again next year.

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Green efforts paying off for area school districts

Shawnee Mission USD 512 and De Soto USD 232 have used going green to the benefit of their pocketbooks.

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Cuts hit 37 SMSD teachers

Thirty-seven teachers in Shawnee Mission USD 512 won’t have their contracts renewed for the 2010-2011 school year, the latest victims of state cuts in public education funding.

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Teacher positions included in Shawnee Mission cuts

More than 100 positions, including 70 teachers, would be cut in the 2010-11 school year in Shawnee Mission USD 512 under a proposal presented this week to the district’s Board of Education.

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Shawnee Mission USD 512 proposes $9.9 million in reductions

The Shawnee Mission School District is looking to slash more than $9 million from the 2010-11 school district.

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USD 512 discusses funding cuts at community meetings

Patrons and community members of the Shawnee Mission School District gathered Thursday night at Indian Woods Middle School for the third in a series of community meetings to discuss the district's budget.

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SMSD prepares for H1N1 vaccine

Although the H1N1 vaccine isn't available for schools just yet, the Shawnee Mission School District is doing everything possible to prepare.

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USD 512 approves mill levy increase

Property owners in Shawnee Mission USD 512 will see their tax bills increase for public education later this year.

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Districts to share in state's cutbacks

Shawnee Mission, De Soto see state aid cut another $2.5 million

Another round of state budget cuts is being felt in the Shawnee Mission and De Soto school districts.

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Shawnee Mission sticks with plan despite stimulus funds

Funds from the federal stimulus plan won’t be enough to offset all of the cuts Shawnee Mission USD 512 faces.

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Shawnee Mission School District mill levy to rise

Board approves .024-mill increase in property tax rate for 2008-09

Homeowners in Shawnee Mission USD 512 will see a slight increase in their property taxes allocated to the school district in 2008-09.

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Johnson era to begin in district

Shawnee Mission's new superintendent Gene Johnson was planning to retire from the school district this year, until he realized he had more work to do.

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Teachers to vote on pact

Proposal includes minimum raises of 3.5 percent

Cooperation on teacher contract negotiations in Shawnee Mission USD 512 was the key to coming to a timely agreement, Superintendent Marjorie Kaplan said Monday.

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Shawnee Mission Board of Education, teachers agree on contract

The Shawnee Mission USD 512 Board of Education and the Kansas National Education Association of Shawnee Mission agreed on a two-year contract for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.

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