Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Highlawn added a second story to its east building in 2012. On Monday, the Prairie Village City Council approved the addition of a second story to its east building.
Highlawn added a second story to its east building in 2012. On Monday, the Prairie Village City Council approved the addition of a second story to its east building.

Prairie Village council approves Highlawn expansion. The Prairie Village city council on Monday by a vote of 11-1 gave final approval to a plan to expand Highlawn Montessori School. The expansion includes the addition of a second story to the school’s west building that will house two new elementary school classrooms.

Farewell reception for Shaffer set for Jan. 14. The city of Prairie Village will host a farewell reception for outgoing Mayor Ron Shaffer Wednesday, Jan. 14. The event, which is open to the public, will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. with a short presentation scheduled for 6 p.m. at Meadowbrook Country Club (9100 Nall Ave.).

Woman lost in south Kansas City fire is niece of former Prairie Village councilman. Susanne Herrera, 31, the woman presumed killed in a severe house fire at 123rd Street in south Kansas City Sunday evening, is the niece of former Prairie Village city councilor Al Herrera. [Crews work to recover body of woman presumed killed in KC fire — KMBC]

Shawnee Mission schools back in session. If you don’t have school-aged kids and happen to notice traffic’s a little heavier than it’s been in the morning and afternoon, we can help explain: Shawnee Mission’s winter break comes to an end this morning.