Board Announces Superintendent Search Firm During Meeting

Sept. 2, 2016 ~ The Olathe Board of Education has selected Ray and Associates, Inc. to begin conducting a search for the district's permanent superintendent. Marlin Berry left the position in July and former superintendent Patricia All was hired as the interim superintendent for the 2016-17 year.

The decision was made during the board's regular meeting on Sept. 1. The board also voted to hold a special meeting with Ray and Associates, Inc. on Sept. 7 to begin the lengthy search and hiring process.

Foundation Celebrates 20 Years

Olathe Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Cindy VonFeldt and Board of Directors President Mimi Eckart made the first board presentation of the evening when they gave an overview of the many ways the foundation has helped students and staff in its 20 years.

With the recent launch of the Fund-a-Need program and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation Women's Giving Circle, the foundation exceeded $6.3 million in funds raised to support students and create a positive learning environment.

High School Data Review

Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Jessica Dain, and Assessment Director Rich Wilson presented several key pieces of information about high school learning achievements. The data covered National Merit and ACT exam results, the senior exit survey, and many other topics.

  • 90 percent the 2016 seniors said they planned to attend post-secondary training or a two- or four-year college/university
  • 89 percent gave their high school an overall grade of A or B
  • 96 percent said their 21st Century Academy program gave them opportunities for extended learning
  • The graduation rate for 2016 was 92.6 percent (four- or five-year cohort rate)
  • 64.65 percent of seniors completed one or more weighted grade course
  • 96.84 percent of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) seniors were enrolled in advanced courses during high school
  • Olathe had 25 National Merit Semifinalists and 22 Finalists in 2016
  • Seniors were offered $50.5 million in scholarships and accepted $23.6 million
  • The district's ACT composite score was 23.9


  • Dozens of individuals in the district's Volunteers Serving Schools program earned the President's Volunteer Service Award: 43 bronze awards for 100-249 hours of service in 2015-16, 13 silver awards for 250-499 hours of service, one gold award for more than 500 hours, and one President's Lifetime Achievement Award for 4,000 hours in the individual's lifetime.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda of routine items.
  • Accepted bids for the addition and renovation at Millcreek Center.
  • Accepted the architectural and engineering proposal for upcoming aging facility projects.
  • Accepted trade bids for Middle School #10.
  • Awarded bids for band instruments to accommodate growth across the district's band program.
  • Approved bond resolutions to issue general obligation school and refunding bonds.
  • Approved special board meeting on September 7 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Received information about future action items including 21st Century Academies, student trips, easements, Technology service and maintenance agreements, high school bowling facility contract, bids, board policy revisions, and Board of Education Legislative Committee.
  • Received information about the Kansas State Advising Corps placing college advisers at Olathe East and Olathe North high schools.
  • Received the 2015-16 facility rental report showing that the community used the district's 51 buildings/facilities a total of 45,993 hours last year. The number of hours increased over 2014-15 because of completed construction projects which opened affected buildings for more rental.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel and to consult with the board's attorney.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are available online at