Kansas revenue figures fall $5.8 million below expectations in May

Kansas revenue numbers again fell below expectations for the month of May, the Kansas Department of Revenue announced Friday.

Overall tax receipts were $5.8 million lower than expected, Kansas Department of Revenue spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda said in a news release. Koranda cited weak corporate income and sales tax receipts “which reflected a downward national trend.”

The state pulled in $9.5 million less than expected from sales and tax use receipts and $3.3 million less than expected from corporate income taxes, the revenue department said. Continue reading

Legislative process is being subverted in Kansas

From Dave Trabert

A very sad but not uncommon process is playing out right now in the Kansas Legislature that is designed to avoid transparency and prevent citizens from knowing exactly where their elected representatives stand on important issues.

Kansans expect that all 125 members of the House of Representatives and all 40 state senators will participate in a robust debate in arriving at each chamber’s respective tax plan, but efforts are underway to subvert the full legislative process and put control in the hands of just 6 people and those who appoint them. Continue reading

Olathe’s Vanya Shivashankar ties for National Spelling Bee title

 Joshua Roberts—Reuters Vanya Shivashankar, left, and Gokul Venkatachalam lift the trophy after becoming co-champions after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Md., on May 28, 2015

Vanya Shivashankar, left, and Gokul Venkatachalam lift the trophy after becoming co-champions after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Md., on May 28, 2015…Photo by Joshua Roberts—Reuters

The winning words in the nail-biter final were ‘scherenschnitte’ and ‘nunatak’

From Time Magazine

In a dramatic, flawless final round, two eighth-graders proved to be joint winners at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. One a girl and one a boy, one from Kansas and one from Missouri, one a five-time finalist and one a four-timer, 13-year-old Vanya Shivashankar and 14-year-old Gokul Venkatachalam put both their hands on the trophy and thrust it into the air on Thursday evening—after spelling word after word that few people could even hope to pronounce correctly.

Shivashankar’s winning word was scherenschnitte, meaning the art of cutting paper into decorative designs. Venkatachalam’s was nunatak, a hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice. Continue reading

Olathe Kansas Sampler on fire

Photos by Paul Wilson





Olathe news briefs for the week of May 28

Celebrate Olathe – Summer Fling Friday, June 26

Celebrate Olathe on Friday, June 26, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Olathe Community Center at Stagecoach Park. The evening will be filled with family-friendly activities, fall program previews, and great music. The Summer Concert Series moves to Stagecoach Park for this night featuring Trout Fishing in America, Craig Toungate, Willis Alan Ramsey, and Alison Rogers. Free parking will be available at Olathe North High School and shuttle service will run throughout the evening. Food will be available for purchase. Visit Celebrate Olathe for more information.

Sport court construction begins         

Tennis courts at Mill Creek Park and basketball courts at Fairview Park are under construction. The courts will be unavailable for use over the next several weeks as new surfaces are installed. Visit Pardon our Progress for more information.

Public art workshop June 3

The City of Olathe is seeking input to help create the vision for art in Olathe to produce a public art master plan. Continue reading

Talented is too weak a word for this artist

Summer educator conference May 27-29

District and national education experts will share their expertise with more than 1,700 teachers and staff at the district’s 24th annual Summer Conference. Nationally renowned educators will gather at Olathe Northwest High School to present more than 150 professional development sessions for pre-kindergarten through senior high school educators, administrators and counselors. The 2015 Olathe Summer Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27-29.

“For 24 years the Olathe district has provided a top-notch learning opportunity for our staff through the Olathe Summer Conference,” Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski said. “Thousands of educators over the years have had the opportunity to learn from national and local presenters on topics relevant to teaching and education. Continue reading

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