Technology Initiatives Shared with Board Members

June 9, 2014 ~ During their June 5 regular meeting, Olathe Board of Education members heard positive feedback about the district's technology "proof of concept" phase and received recommendations for providing more access to instructional devices in the classroom by staff and students.

Representatives of the Technology Division and district teaching staff reported on the types of technology being tested in classrooms across the district, by all grade levels. A video presentation gave board members a chance to hear from teachers who have been using a variety of hardware and applications in their classroom before making recommendations to the district's Technology Steering Committee about potential purchases for districtwide use.

Elementary teachers involved in the "proof of concept" classrooms shared with the board the importance of students at the elementary-age learning collaboration and team problem solving skills. The iPads they had the opportunity to test at a 2:1 ratio strongly enforced these skills as well as provided differentiated instruction and kept students engaged. The recommendation was made to proceed with a 2:1 deployment of iPads in all elementary and early childhood classrooms. The Board of Education will vote on this proposal at a later date.

Middle school "proof of concept" teachers talked about how the additional technology they tested helped to bring learning to life for students, as well as challenge students to take their learning to the next level. The middle and high school proposals for technology will be finalized in the coming months.

Recognitions:

  • Community America Credit Union received thanks for its support of district schools.
  • Ryan Dahl of Olathe North High School was recognized as a U.S. Presidential Scholar.
  • Greg Bixler, also from Olathe North, was honored for achieving a perfect ACT score.
  • Colby Miller of Olathe East High School won the Kansas Oratorical Speech Contest.
  • Chinmay Patil, California Trail, participated in the National Geography Bee.
  • The district's Culinary Arts team, based at Olathe North, was honored for its various state and national achievements.
  • Olathe Northwest High School's FIRST Robotics Team 1710 was recognized for its regional and national competition successes.
  • Jason Herman, Olathe North High School athletic director, was honored for being named one of four District Athletic Directors of the Year by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association.
  • Indian Trail Middle School was one of five Kansas Middle School of the Year finalists.
  • View photos from the meeting

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, reports, and Head Start work plans, etc.
  • Approved bids, contracts or agreements for textbooks, salary reimbursement agreement with KidsTLC, School Resource Officer agreement, designated transportation safety variance areas for Millbrooke Elementary School, Kansas Association of School Boards and National School Boards Association fees, Apple iPads for early childhood development programs, agreement with Health Partnership Clinic for school health services, TriCaster for Olathe Northwest High School's e-Communication television studio, milk-based products and juice for 2014-15, elevator replacement at Olathe Northwest, architectural-engineering fees for middle school renovations, construction management fees for middle school renovations, trade bids for elementary renovations, demolition bid for Northview Elementary School renovations, demolition bid for the metal building on the Millcreek campus, detention basin bids for Madison Place Elementary School, drainage easement at Northview.
  • Approved a fee proposal for High School 5 from McCown Gordon Construction and named the company as construction manager for the project.
  • Approved the renewal of the district's general insurance policies for fiscal year 2015.
  • Set a time and date for a public hearing to amend the 2013-14 budget at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25.
  • Set a new time and date for the board's 2014-15 organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 10.
  • Approved two student trips.
  • Received information on a number of future action items including athletic trainer services agreement, career and technical education agreements with neighboring districts, Head Start plans, curriculum, bids for multi-sport scoreboard replacement at Olathe North High School, digital camera replacement for high school fine arts, bids for music instruments because of growth in band and orchestra, iPads for elementary student access, and student trips.
  • Received the Head Start director's monthly report and the annual school Site Council report.
  • Held an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel and employer-employee negotiations.

The complete agenda and supporting documents can be found online at http://www.boarddocs.com/ks/olathe/Board.nsf/Public.

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