Congressman Moore, city officials on hand for Highlands dedication

For a day at least, the talk among many local residents was of a school opening, not closing.

A few hundred parents, students and neighbors showed up at Highlands Elementary Sunday for an open house and the formal dedication of the new school, which opened in August after two years of construction.

Principal Jennifer Spencer was joined on stage in the school’s new multipurpose room by Rep. Dennis Moore, Shawnee Mission School District superintendent Gene Johnson, several members of the Board of Education, and officials from Mission, Prairie Village and Fairway.

In her remarks, Spencer thanked the Highlands community for its involvement in the process to get the new school built, equipped and opened, saying it was an excellent facility in which to keep the Highlands tradition of quality education alive. The original Highlands Elementary opened in 1951.

Moore presented the school with an American flag that had flown over the Capital in Washington, D.C., at his request in honor of Highlands. Calling the Shawnee Mission district “the gold standard for schools,” Moore praised the parents and area voters for investing the money needed to build the facility.

More pics after the jump

The VanBooven family takes a look at the new science lab, which was funded in large part by Highlands parents.
The Photo Wall, a gift from the Highlands class of 2006, features images from Highlands' long history.
Parents and their kids toured the new school's halls and classrooms.
Highlands' new gym.