Senate school finance bill allows for local option budget increase. Deliberations over the school finance bills in the Kansas House and Senate are heating up. The senate worked into Friday morning before passing a bill aimed at satisfying a court order to restore $129 million in funding to schools. From the Topeka Captial-Journal: “The legislation advanced 23-17 by Senate Republicans would increase aid to Kansas public school districts by $129 million annually to correct inequities identified in the Gannon vs. State of Kansas decision, but the measure also inspired criticism from Democrats about reductions in state support for transportation, online education and other specialized categories. The Senate bill lifts the lid on local property taxes that could be secured by districts.” [Senate, House labors into night on school finance bills — Topeka Capital Journal]
SM East girls soccer team improves to 2-0. The Lancers remained perfect after their second outing, defeating Lawrence Free State 3-0 Thursday. Goals came from senior Kelly Pidcoe, Taylor Norman and Georgia Weigel. Lancers goalkeeper Lauren Cole recorded the shutout. SM East will take on SM Northwest Tuesday. SM North fell to 0-2 on the season Thursday with a 4-0 loss to Mill Valley.
SM East baseball team stays perfect. The Lancers kept on the winning path Thursday with a 6-5 victory over Lawrence Free State in Lawrence. SM East will have its first home game of the season tonight against Blue Valley Northwest. The game will be played at 3&2 Baseball Stadium, 18300 W 87th St, Lenexa.
Johnson County seeking resident input on budget. Johnson County has scheduled six public forums for residents interested in hearing about and commenting on the county’s budgeting process. The forum in northeast Johnson County will be 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 24 at SM North. District 1 commissioner Ed Peterson will moderate. The county is also asking residents to participate in an online budget simulator, where they can suggest their ideal mix of spending for health and human services, infrastructure, public safety and other categories. [Johnson County Budget Simulator]