Melissa Treolo Staff writer

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

Recent stories

City confirms fire that engulfed $1.5 million home was result of arson
September 14, 2014
The fire that destroyed a Shawnee home valued at $1.5 million Wednesday was intentionally set, city officials have confirmed.
$1.5 million Shawnee home destroyed by fire
September 11, 2014
The cause of a fire that engulfed a home in Shawnee valued at more than $1 million Wednesday is still unknown, said Shawnee Fire Chief John Mattox.
Despite residential opposition, council approves $7.9 million TIF agreement for Cobblestone Village
September 9, 2014
The Shawnee City Council has approved a $7.9 million tax increment financing, or TIF, agreement with Qrivit, LLC, a smartphone marketing company out of Omaha, Neb.
Former Liberty superintendent takes reins at Broken Arrow Elementary
September 5, 2014
Michael Brewer has held about every position there is in the educational field, from teacher to principal to superintendent, which was the last title of his 26 years in the Liberty, Mo., school district.
Shawnee Mission board approves net expenditures totaling more than $400 million
August 19, 2014
Shawnee Mission’s net expenditures this school year will total $406,523,137, after board members adopted the new budget Monday following a public hearing.
Shawnee Mission 1:1 technology initiative kicks off at SM Northwest
August 13, 2014
For many students, there’s a lot that’s new about the first day of school.
Shawnee teachers prepare for start of school
August 8, 2014
There’s still some time before the first day of school, but De Soto school district buildings are already abuzz with activity as teachers get their rooms ready for the start of student arrivals Aug. 18.
Shawnee area school district’s budget includes decrease for taxpayers
August 7, 2014
Patrons in the De Soto school district can expect to see a break in their tax bills next school year with a proposed 2014-2015 budget that includes the greatest decrease in the mill levy the district has seen for quite some time, said Ken Larsen, director of finance.
Shawnee Mission school board sets public hearing for 2014-15 budget
July 28, 2014
The Shawnee Mission school board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 to hear patron input and questions regarding the district’s proposed 2014-15 budget.
Shawnee police sergeant a ‘silent hero’ for Special Olympics
July 25, 2014
As a member of the Shawnee Police Department for the past 19 years, Sgt. Jon Pirie knows a lot about law enforcement.

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Recent photos

Shawnee Mission Northwest Associate Principal Eddie LyDay hands freshman Camille Haley her new MacBook Air laptop Tuesday on the first day of school. New laptops and iPad Air devices are being provided to students in the district courtesy of the new 1:1 technology initiative approved last school year.

Class of 2014 graduate Linzi Murray sits outside of Mill Valley High School, where she was a student for four years. Her ongoing journey to come to terms with being put up for adoption as a baby in China has led Murray down a path of expressing herself artistically while helping others going through the same experience.

New Mill Valley High School graduates toss their caps in to the air at the close of Saturday's graduation ceremony.

SM Northwest senior Grace Freeman was one of two students during Thursday's graduation ceremony to give a speech.

SM Northwest senior Huda Alsadeq receives her diploma from Shawnee Mission school board member Patty Mach.

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