Presentations to Board Take Look Back, Ahead

Aug. 5, 2016 ~ Presentations made to the Olathe Board of Education on Aug. 4 had themes of looking back on a busy summer and looking ahead to the major renovation of one of the district's oldest buildings.

Several administrators updated board members on major summer projects completed in preparation for the new school year. Their report included summer learning for students and staff, program preparations, technology actions, facility and budget preparation, food service, transportation, communications, welcoming staff, and planning for the new school year.

Mindset, Mentor, Motivate, Move are the four core themes of the year for students in hopes of getting students prepared for post-secondary academic careers. This summer was the 25th year of having summer conference and more than 1,800 people registered. Technology prepared for the upcoming school year by reimaging 6,000 devices. During the summer, most of the 2013 bond projects were completed across 19 schools. Building security was also upgraded and the Bond 2016 will ensure that all high schools will have secured access and surveillance cameras. Over 8,000 students will participate in student bus services during the 2016-17 school year. Food Services served over 41,000 breakfast and lunch meals for students over the summer. Over 200 new certified staff will start their Olathe careers in a few short weeks. This is the 51st consecutive year of increased student enrollment. New educators report to work on Friday, Aug. 5.

In the second presentation, Design and Construction Manager Travis Palangi and Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison talked about the building addition and major renovation of the Millcreek Center at Park and Water streets in downtown Olathe. Part of the building, constructed in 1926, will ultimately house some of the district's alternative education programs. A newer wing, from 1960, will become home to various community-focused departments including Parents as Teachers, Community Development, and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation. They anticipate a 12- to 14-month construction timeline and hope for a winter 2017 opening. After moving programs from North Lindenwood Support Center, that building would then be prepared for sale.


  • First Student Bus Services was recognized as a district business partner.
  • Several district teachers participated in summer externships with area businesses. The teachers and their partners were: Lisa Burbridge of Olathe Northwest High School at Allied National and Miller & Newberry, Robyn Eick of Olathe North High School at McClain's Bakery, Jeff Cooper of Olathe Northwest at TV 25, Sarah Hanson of Olathe North at Olathe Medical Center Rehab Services, Micah Fischer of Chisholm Trail Middle School at The Culture House, Amber Limkemann of California Trail Middle School at Farmers Insurance and SAFEHOME, Kelly McGonegle Knipp of Heritage Elementary School at Midwest Anxiety and Catholic Charities.
  • School Resource Officers Andy Falcon and Steven Sebasto were recognized for their service in the schools.
  • The Olathe East High School girls track and field team won the 6A state championship title.
  • The Olathe South High School softball team won the 6A state championship title.
  • Several athletes won track and field titles: Dana Baker of Olathe North in javelin; Kyser Ramey, Isaiah Simmons, Blake Johnson and Griffin Ruper of Olathe North in 4x100m relay; Jacquelyn Darby of Olathe South in 100m and 200m; Cameron Waldo of Olathe South in 400m; Riley Degner, Grace Williams, Breanna Weiss and Jacquelyn Darby of Olathe South in 4x100m relay; Emmanuel Okwuone, Tre Adger, Cameron Waldo and Jared Reinke of Olathe South in 4x400m relay; and Kayla Davis, Yulissa De La Torre, Emily Schmeeckle and Allison Vermillion of Olathe East in the 3200m relay.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda of routine items including meeting minutes, reports, curriculum, textbooks, and instructional materials.
  • Accepted trade bids for Middle School #10.
  • Accepted furniture bids for Olathe West High School.
  • Granted a permanent water main easement for a future elementary school in the Canyon Creak Highlands subdivision along 97th Terrace.
  • Approved sale resolutions authorizing the sale of Series 2016A general obligation bonds, Series 2016B general obligation refunding bonds, and Series 2016C general obligation refunding bonds.
  • Entered into a land lease agreement with Palmetto Tower Company LLC for the lease of a piece of property near the Instructional Resource Center on Black Bob Road.
  • Approved board member committee assignments and school site council assignments for 2016-17.
  • Established a subcommittee to study superintendent search firms.
  • Approved a special board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9 in the Education Center, 14160 Black Bob Road, to interview superintendent search firms.
  • Received information about future action items including the district's strategic plan, vehicle replacement, Millcreek Center trade bids, architectural-engineering proposal for aging facility projects, and curriculum for middle school communications and multi-media courses.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel matters, employee/employer negotiations, and have a preliminary discussion regarding acquiring real property.

Board members returned from executive session to approve a contract to purchase 25 acres of land near 118th Street and Roundtree for Middle School #10.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are available online at