Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Briarwood Elementary was the top ranked elementary in northeast Johnson County, coming in at 40 overall.
Briarwood Elementary was the top ranked elementary in northeast Johnson County, coming in at 40 overall.

Harbinger examines Shawnee Mission policy on law enforcement and immigration. Student journalists Robbie Veglahn and Emily Fey of The Harbinger at SM East have a lengthy examination of the Shawnee Mission School District’s policy on law enforcement and students whose families have interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The story comes in the wake of a Feb. 7 incident in which police officers picked up a student from Briarwood Elementary after classes were out and took him to the Department for Children and Families in Olathe after the boy’s mother had been detained by ICE. [On thin ice — The Harbinger]

Merriam to host Capital Improvement Projects tour Friday. The city of Merriam on Friday will give its city council and interested members of the public a chance to see the various CIP work under way within its limits. Interested residents can meet at City Hall in the Community Training Room at noon. They bus tour will depart at 1 p.m. with a projected finishing time at 3 p.m.

Accolades abound for NEJC cities in new web rankings. Northeast Johnson County cities have fared well in a series of websites’ rankings in recent days. Prairie Village was named to LendEDU’s list of Cities with the Smartest Residents. And Leawood, Prairie Village, Westwood, Fairway, Overland Park, Roeland Park and Mission Hills all made the top ten in Niche’s new list of the best places to live in the Kansas City metro area.