Board Receives Preliminary Budget Figures

Aug. 7, 2015 ~ A delay in receiving budget information from the State of Kansas pushed back review of the Olathe Public Schools' preliminary budget from mid-July, but Board of Education members were able to examine the figures during their Aug. 6 meeting.

Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison shared preliminary budget figures with board members and discussed funding authority and mill levy considerations.

Hutchison presented a proposed General and Local Option Budget for 2015-16 of $289,972,603, which also includes Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, Capital Outlay State Aid and Local Option Budget State Aid.

Interested patrons are invited to a community budget workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, in the Education Center. Attendees will be able to learn about the budget process and ask questions of Hutchison. At an Aug. 20 board meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the budget and is expected to approve the budget.


  • Several summer teacher externs and their business partners were recognized. They included Jason Smith, industrial technology teacher at Olathe South High School and business partner Westar; Ali Plankers, Family and Consumer Science teacher at Mission Trail Middle School, and business partner Encore Unique Boutique; Junior Goodwin, physical education teacher at Olathe North High School, and business partners Prairie Life Fitness and Olathe Community Center; Jeff Van Dyke, physical education teacher at Frontier Trail Middle School, and business partner Olathe Fire Department; Cynthia Lofquist, art teacher at Olathe Northwest High School, and business partner Creative Printing; Sarah Talcott, Family and Consumer Science teacher at Olathe East High School, and business partner The Children's Place; and Kristin McDonald, early childhood teacher in the Early Childhood Career Opportunities program, and business partner the Uhlig Family.
  • Several sports teams and individual athletes were recognized for earning state championship titles. Olathe East honorees included the boys track and field team, 100-meter hurdles winner Austin Stephens, boys 3200 relay team (Nathan Matters, Jake Gardenberg, Murad Baheyadeen and Steven Davis), girls 3200 relay team (Emily Schmeckle, Allison Vermilion, Kayla Davis and Yulissa Dela Torre). Olathe North's Isaiah Simmons was recognized for his long jump championship. Olathe Northwest's Deanna Dougherty was recognized for her triple jump championship. Olathe South honorees included the softball team, boys 1600 relay team (Cameron Waldo, Ryan Stearns, Jared Reinke and Tanner Green), boys 200-meter winner Tanner Green, and girls 100- and 200-meter winner Jacque Darby.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, various reports, k-12 physical education curriculum, and two student trips.
  • Accepted trade bids for Olathe West High School.
  • Approved a Notice of Hearing for publication in The Olathe News on Saturday, Aug. 8. A community budget workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 in the Education Center. The budget hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 in the Education Center.
  • Approved the Board of Education committee and school site council assignments for the new school year.
  • Approved a special board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 to adopt the 2015-16 budget.
  • Received information on future action items including student trips; several board policy revisions based on laws, staff input, recommendations or district need; a possible focus/ study session on Sept. 17; and submission of the IDEA VI-B special education funding application.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel matters, employer-employee negotiations, and consult with its attorney.

The complete agenda is available at