Melissa Treolo Staff writer

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

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Without laying off employees, De Soto makes cuts to positions
May 21, 2015
In order to rectify a $681,127 shortfall in this school year’s budget, a number of positions in De Soto school district buildings are officially on the chopping block. But no staff members will be laid off as a result of the cuts, district officials say.
With recall petition underway, Hancock denies wrongdoing
May 11, 2015
If some De Soto school district patrons have their way, Scott Hancock will no longer have a seat at the board table come next school year.
Lexington Trails will be main site of this summer’s free meal program
May 5, 2015
Like Shawnee Mission, the De Soto school district also is gearing up for its free summer meal program, with at least one major change from previous years.
With caveats attached, board approves elimination of elementary texbook, all-day kindergarten fees
May 5, 2015
There are still a few caveats to next school year’s fee list, but the Shawnee Mission school board has approved a package that includes two significant changes giving elementary school parents a major financial break.
Shawnee Mission to provide free summer lunch for fourth year
April 28, 2015
Last summer, the Shawnee Mission school district’s Summer Lunch Bunch program fed more youths than it ever has before.
SM Northwest student is trapeze artist outside the classroom
April 22, 2015
From stilts to a hanging trapeze, Meara Roach spends a lot of time up in the air.
Elected board members reflect on moving forward, challenges ahead
April 14, 2015
Shawnee resident Kevin Makalous is looking forward to the next four years.
Despite initial lack of success, push for state rock will continue, says MTMS teacher
April 8, 2015
A group of eighth graders at Monticello Trails Middle School tried to put the state of Kansas on the map this school year for more than just being a setting of “The Wizard of Oz,” said student Tyler Hilk.
Goodburn, Powers to hold onto seats on Shawnee Mission, De Soto school boards
April 7, 2015
In the only two races involving incumbents on De Soto and Shawnee Mission school boards, current board members will hold on to their seats for another four years.
Shawnee resident, school board debate merits of district-funded trip
April 2, 2015
A recent trip by Shawnee Mission school district superintendent Jim Hinson and all seven school board members to Nashville to attend the National Association of School Board’s annual conference isn’t sitting well with at least one Shawnee patron.

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Recent photos

Katie Wilber

Taylor Newman

Taking part in a recent ROAD class at Shawanoe Elementary School are, from left, Dylan Reed, James Saathoff and Kaylan Martin.

Andrew Nave, executive director of the Shawnee Economic Development Council, speaks to Westbrook Village Shopping Center business owners during a recent brainstorming session regarding ways to make the center thrive.

Jordan Kalal, right, co-director of the Tech sHeroes program at Trailridge Middle School, helps seventh grader Hannah Saathoff with a computer coding assignment. Seated next to Hannah is seventh grader Ashley Avendano-Castillo.

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