Melissa Treolo Staff writer

Melissa Treolo is a reporter for the Chieftain, covering news and features in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville.

Recent stories

Hancock officially recalled; De Soto board to seek candidates for vacancy
August 25, 2015
De Soto school board member Scott Hancock has officially been ousted from office.
Another first day of school
August 19, 2015
The first day of school last week was a bittersweet one for sixth-grader Shi’Ayrr Brown.
Students back to hitting the books in Shawnee Mission, De Soto school districts
August 12, 2015
Summer vacation will officially be over and students will be back in classrooms for the 2015-16 school year beginning today in Shawnee Mission and De Soto school districts.
Shawnee Mission approves budget, tentative teacher contract
August 11, 2015
After a public hearing that opened and closed with nary a comment, the Shawnee Mission school board on Monday officially approved a 2015-16 budget that includes a total of $393,926,286 in net expenditures.
Ray Marsh landshift to cause some changes, but building is safe, superintendent says
August 6, 2015
Parents and students should not expect the large hole that has developed around a playground at Ray Marsh Elementary School to be fixed by the time school starts next week. But rest assured, the building itself is safe, said Superintendent Jim Hinson.
SM Northwest student lands spot in Starlight’s ‘Mary Poppins’
August 5, 2015
Outgoing and articulate are two words one might use to describe Amanda Dulny, who speaks clearly and can hold herself well in a conversation.
De Soto, Shawnee Mission to hold 2015-16 budget hearings
August 4, 2015
A public hearing for De Soto school district’s 2015-16 budget will be held during the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the district’s administrative center, 35200 W. 91st St., De Soto.
Interim superintendent ready for second go around in De Soto
July 22, 2015
Ron Wimmer was well into his retirement, spending his days in California with his wife and grandchildren, the day he got a familiar call from the De Soto school district.
Area teen has fond memories of first Theatre in the Park experience
July 15, 2015
Only a few weeks ago, Alex Gumminger was dancing and singing his heart out on Theatre in the Park’s outdoor stage as a performer in “West Side Story.”
Election asking voters to decide Hancock’s future on school board set
July 7, 2015
A special election asking registered voters in the De Soto school district if they want a school board member to be removed from office is scheduled for next month.

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Recent photos

Broken Arrow Elementary Principal Michael Brewer greets third-grader Dominy Woodruff as he arrives for his first day of school.

A look at the landshift that has developed in near a playground at Ray Marsh Elementary School. Officials say completion of the project to fix the large hole won't be done until at least Thanksgiving.

A look at the landshift that has developed near a playground at Ray Marsh Elementary School. Officials say completion of the project to fix the large hole won't be done until at least Thanksgiving.

Ron Wimmer started his role as interim superintendent of the De Soto school district in May. This is his second time in the position, after a stint in 2009 to 2011.

Makenna Langton, a student at Mill Valley High School, holds up her Concordia Language Villages passport. Langton is currently taking part in the program’s Japanese summer immersion camp.

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