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Through constant lies, high taxes, and wasteful spending, Lynn Mitchelson of Mission Woods and Shirley Brown-VanArsdale of Gardner are rapidly bringing JCCC’s credibility level down to zero

Monday, May 25th, 2009
Shirley Brown-VanArsdale, Gardner

Shirley Brown-VanArsdale, Gardner

Lynn Mitchelson, Mission Woods

Lynn Mitchelson, Mission Woods

Ex-bank executive and JCCC leader Lynn Mitchelson was quoted in April by The Kansas City Star, saying:

“Everybody on this board and administration has been sensitive to the taxpayers this year.”

That turns out to be just one more example to add to the many times Mitchelson has willfully misled the public over the last 6 months.

JCCC Trustee Benjamin Hodge writes at RedCounty about his Sunday night comments on KCMO 710 AM, made to the listeners of the Kris Kobach show.

Mitchelson regularly attempts to convince the public that JCCC is responsible with taxpayer dollars, but since he joined the board, the real [amount of tax money] paid by Johnson County households has increased at TWICE the rate of inflation.


JCCC leaders refuse to reform the out-of-control spending at the college.  They spend hundreds of thousands of tax dollars a year on unnecessary expenses, such as taxpayer-funded lobbying and the select support of their favorite area non-profits, including one that Lynn Mitchelson used to run.  All the while, they are burdening Johnson County homeowners with high property taxes, and they are increasing the in-state tuition fees faster than they are increasing tuition charged to out-of-state students.

JCCC leadership doesn’t have a clue about open meetings laws; openly refuses to learn

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Just three months ago, by violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act, a majority of the JCCC Board of Trustees — including “experienced” college leaders Shirley Brown-VanArsdale and Lynn Mitchelson — made it clear to the entire Kansas City metro that they had absolutely no understanding of Kansas law.  This week, the majority of board members made it abundantly clear that they have absolutely no interest in ever learning the law.

And a week ago, board Chair Shirley Brown-VanArsdale and JCCC President Terry Calaway, in an article in The Gardner News, unintentionally yet clearly stated that they think that open meetings laws only apply to verbal comments, and not also written and electronic communication.  That is 100% incorrect.  Here is Calaway, in reference to typed budget information that he inappropriately distributed to the JCCC Board during a closed meeting:

“We’re very careful about it, which was why there wasn’t any discussion about this material.”

Read more of Benjamin Hodge’s update on situation at