Debaters Share Their Story during Board Meeting

Feb. 7, 2014 ~ Olathe Northwest High School debate and forensics students discussed their program with members of the Olathe Board of Education during the board's meeting on Feb. 6. The students and their teacher Josh Anderson highlighted the academic benefits of this curriculum area.

Seniors Mackenzie Luman and Alaina Walberg highlighted the studies and research that goes into preparing for a debate tournament. They also shared how debate helps them take what they are learning in other classes and contextualize the information and use the information in a debate setting and eventually in real world settings. They also shared a video about the forensics and debate programs at Olathe Northwest that explained what students do in debate and forensics and what students learn and take away from participation in the programs.

Read Across America Day

Calin Kendall, president of the Olathe-National Education Association, and California Trail Middle School English teacher Don Branham presented information about the district's plans to observe Read Across America Day on March 3. The event celebrates the birthday of children's author Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and encourages children to read. It is sponsored by the National Education Association.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, reports, curriculum, and student trips.
  • Approved a seamless epoxy flooring bid for projects at Bentwood, Brougham, Manchester Park, Rolling Ridge, Sunnyside and Tomahawk elementary schools.
  • Approved a construction change order allowing the installation of epoxy flooring in places that were previously carpeted in the elementary schools. Epoxy flooring is easier to maintain and lasts longer then carpeting.
  • Approved 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, for the end-of-year meeting to approve year-end transfers, etc.
  • Approved 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, for a special meeting with the City of Olathe to share and receive information that is important in this collaborative partnership.
  • Approved a budget development calendar for 2014-15 that includes preliminary budget development tasks through March, legislative considerations in April, budget reviews by the Board of Education in May and June. The preliminary budget would go to the board in mid-July and a public hearing would be held Aug. 7.
  • Approved a student trip for the Olathe Northwest debate team.
  • Received information on future action items including Head Start policies and procedures, re-plastering the pool at Frontier Trail, roofing repair bids, security camera bids, Court of Tax Appeals regarding Millbrooke Elementary School, student fees and miscellaneous charges for 2014-15, bleacher and locker replacements and renovations, and synthetic turf bids.
  • Received a written report on the elementary report card revision process, the Head Start director's monthly report, and construction change orders.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel matters and employer-employee negotiations.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are online at