Board Elects Amy Martin as President

July 18, 2012 ~ Amy Martin was elected president of the Olathe Board of Education during its organizational meeting July 17. Debby Daniels will serve as vice president of the board. The roles of clerk, deputy clerk and treasurer will continue to be filled by Opal Hibbs, Deb Madden and Merle Hastert, respectively. Michael G. Norris of Norris & Keplinger, L.L.C. will continue as attorney for the district.

The first meeting of the new fiscal year featured a budget development update from Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison. He outlined a timeline which includes publishing a notice of public hearing; community budget workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26; public hearing, discussion, and adoption of a budget on Aug. 2; and filing the budgets on Aug. 25.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes and reports, a student trip, international language textbooks, 1,116-hour policy for the new school year, inclement weather days, official district newspaper for notices, various appointments and designations, resolution for disposal of surplus property, petty cash resolution, student activity fund resolution, authorization of advance payments for claims, resolution for document destruction, and financial institutions.
  • Approved bids, contracts or agreements for wireless hardware and 775 desktop computers.
  • Approved some policy revisions.Established 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month as the time and date of its regular meetings for the 2012-13 school year. The dates are: Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, 2013 (second Thursday), Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, and June 6. Next year's organizational meeting will be on Tuesday, July 16. The third Thursday of each month will be reserved for additional meetings if needed. All meetings will be held in the Education Center.
  • Appointed LeEtta Felter to represent the board on the Head Start Policy Council, Mike Poland to serve on the Olathe Public Schools Foundation, and Harlan Parker to represent the board on the Kansas Association of School Boards Governmental Relations Network.
  • Approved publication of a notice of hearing regarding the proposed budget in The Olathe News.
  • Received information about future action items including multi-zone heating/cooling units, the athletic trainer agreement with Olathe Medical Center, the Children's Internet Protection Act policy, and instructional materials.
  • Received written information on construction change orders and a facility rental request from MidAmerica Nazarene University to hold four Saturday football games at a district stadium.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel matters, employer-employee negotiations, and possible acquisition of real property.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are online at