Board Sets Boundaries for Millbrooke Elementary

Dec. 6, 2013 ~ Boundaries for Millbrooke Elementary School, which opens in August, were established Dec. 5 when the Olathe Board of Education held its monthly meeting. The board voted to accept the boundary option recommended by district staff and presented to the board in November.

The boundaries will include the neighborhoods of Sunnybrook, Foxfield Village, Cedar Brooke, Hunter's Creek, Hunter's Creek Estates, Leeview Estates, Stone Creek Village and Grayson Place.

Millbrooke Elementary will provide immediate enrollment relief for Ravenwood Elementary and future enrollment relief for Forest View and Meadow Lane elementary schools. The board also identified an area of 65 houses that would be allowed to have an approved transfer to stay at Ravenwood Elementary due to the area's close proximity to Ravenwood. This transfer area would apply to only those currently living within these identified homes.

Adopt-A-School Program

Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski and Community Liaison Heather Schoonover shared information about how the Citywide Prayer Group and district came together to increase the number of faith-based partnerships with schools. The goal is to have one business, one faith-based organization, and one civic group/community group/parent partnership for every school in the district.

An Adopt-A-School leadership team of about 10 individuals works to identify needs in the community, focus on relationships between schools and partners, and develop an action plan to increase partnerships. This process also involves identifying a liaison on both sides of the partnership.

Safety and Security

The main components of district safety and security were the focus of a presentation by Assistant Superintendent of General Administration Erin Dugan. Those elements are personnel and training, facilities and equipment, and communication. Key among the training aspect is conducting regular drills. These include fire, tornado, lockdown and an enhanced lockdown protocol termed A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuation) that the district will be introducing to staff in the coming months.

Facility security includes restricted access or pinch points in schools, electronic door releases, interior and exterior cameras, laminated glass at entrances, campus radios, motion detector lighting, and keyless access points, among others.

Communication includes updates to administrators from Manager of Safety and Security LaVern Fields, support from the Communications Division for parent communication, and classroom phones or access to public address systems for in-school communication.

The district also has partnerships with various city and county public safety entities.


  • Olathe Chick-fil-A was recognized for its continued support of the Adopt-A-School program.
  • The Olathe East High School volleyball team won the 6A state championship title.
  • Natalie Alton of Olathe East was named the Kansas representative to the 2013 Macy's Great American Marching Band.
  • Members of the district's United Way executive group (Beth Esco, Becky Vrbas, Corbin Trimble, Lane Green and Nancy Cheatham) were recognized for conducting an outstanding campaign with contributions totaling more than $104,500.
  • View photos from the meeting

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, various reports, and the Olathe Head Start governance policies and procedures, and program governance work plan.
  • Approved bids for custom casework, white copy paper, and network electronics.
  • Approved a contract with Turner Construction Company for supplemental project management regarding the district's aging facilities projects.
  • Approved a bid from BGR Consulting Engineers to provide mechanical engineering for three aging facilities projects at Frontier Trail Middle School, Green Springs Elementary and Pleasant Ridge Elementary.
  • Approved a petition for a benefit district to relocate a portion of Hedge Lane near High School 5 at Santa Fe Street.
  • Approved a bid for an industry-grade tension/compression materials testing machine for the Aerospace and Engineering program at Olathe Northwest High School. A grant from the Olathe Public Schools Foundation will fund the purchase.
  • Approved the addition of an Honors Advanced Debate course at the high schools and approved the purchase of K-5 reading/language arts texts and instructional materials.
  • Approved changes in board policies JGCB Compulsory Immunization Requirement and JGCBA Compulsory Physical Requirement.
  • Approved audit reports for the fiscal year ended June 30, and a mileage reimbursement rate of 56 cents per mile effective Jan. 1.
  • Approved the designation of Celebrate Freedom Week to coincide with Constitution Day (Sept. 17).
  • Approved a boundary adjustment for Bentwood Elementary School to include a future apartment complex at 135th Street and Rosehill Road that would have otherwise been split between Bentwood and Regency Place elementary schools.
  • Received information on future action items including Head Start partnerships and plans; bids for concrete, asphalt and air filters; technology action plans; and student trips.
  • Received the Head Start director's monthly written report.
  • Received a report on attendance at the fall parent-teacher conferences. More than 23,310 students were represented by at least one parent/guardian at the conferences; more than 84 percent of the total student population.
  • Held an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel, employer-employee negotiations, and acquiring real estate. The board returned from executive session and approved cross-contingent real estate contracts for the exchange of approximately 12 acres of land with Lenexa Land Holding, LLC, for the total exchange price of $360,000.
  • Named Stephanie Dancso as principal of Millbrooke Elementary School. She is currently principal of Central Elementary School.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are available online at