Board Takes Action on Two Major High School Items

Jan. 6, 2017 ~ During their monthly meeting on Jan. 5, members of the Olathe Board of Education voted to approve two major items relating to high schools.

They approved outdoor graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2017 as a way to better accommodate the families of large graduating classes. The five high school principals proposed this option instead of using off-site venues such as the Music Hall, Kemper Arena, etc., to handle the large audiences. The date for graduation will remain Sunday, May 21, but the times and locations will be as follows:

  • Olathe East High School graduation at 2 p.m. at College Boulevard Activity Center
  • Olathe North High School graduation at 2 p.m. at Olathe District Activity Center
  • Olathe Northwest High School graduation at 7 p.m. at College Boulevard Activity Center
  • Olathe South High School graduation at 7 p.m. at Olathe District Activity Center

If weather indicates a need to move indoors, that decision would be made by 9 a.m. on graduation Sunday. Notices would be sent via the Blackboard communication system to parents, and posted on the district website and social media sites.

1:1 Technology

The board also approved the purchase of Apple MacBook Air devices and AppleTV units at the high schools. The 1:1 technology initiative would be implemented in August at Olathe West, and in January 2018 at Olathe East and North. Funding would allow for Olathe Northwest and South to have the technology for the start of the 2018-19 school year.

The decision followed extensive testing of hardware and applications by the Technology and Teaching and Learning divisions. Teachers will receive their devices in advance of their students so they can have training and professional development before they are rolled out to students.


  • Waddell & Reed was recognized as a district business partner.
  • Jarow Myers of Olathe North High School earned a perfect score on the ACT exam.
  • Griffin Stone of Olathe East High School was named to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America fall high school boys All-American Team.
  • Dawn Taylor, physical education teacher at Heatherstone Elementary School, is the district's nominee for the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year (elementary) Award.
  • Angie Powers, Language Arts instructor at Olathe Northwest High School, is the district's nominee for the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year (secondary) Award.
  • Erik Erazo, Hispanic student advisor/migrant director at Olathe North, is the district's nominee for the 2018 Emporia State University Master Teacher Award.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, reports, student trips, textbooks, curriculum, a resolution to extend the terms of office for board members to comply with a new Kansas law that moved school board election dates, and several Head Start documents.
  • Accepted trade bids for interior finish construction work at Middle School 10; with funding from the 2016 bond.
  • Accepted a bid for the bulk purchase of carpet for seven elementary schools and one middle school; with funding from the 2016 bond.
  • Rejected bids for a compact track/skid loader for the Operations Service Center because of a clarification needed in the minimum requirements of the bid proposal.
  • Approved the purchase of white copy paper to meet district needs through spring; with funding from the general fund operating budget.
  • Approved a temporary construction easement for the City of Olathe to make Indian Creek channel improvements on the Heatherstone school property.
  • Awarded the proposal for fitness room equipment and installation at Olathe West High School; with funding from the 2013 bond.
  • Awarded a bid for marching band uniforms for Olathe West band students; with funding from capital outlay.
  • Approved the purchase of Apple MacBook Air computers and AppleTV units for Olathe West in 2017, Olathe East and Olathe North in January 2018 and Olathe South and Olathe Northwest high schools in August 2018. Funding will come from the 2016 bond.
  • Approved the purchase of security and surveillance systems and services for the district's four current high schools. Olathe West's systems were included in construction costs.
  • Approved a student trip for the Olathe South Future Business Leaders of America to attend a state competition in late March.
  • Approved a student trip for the Olathe South ethics team to attend a regional competition in early February.
  • Approved a plan to move the district's graduation ceremonies to the district activity complexes to accommodate the large student populations and the demand for seating of family members at the ceremonies.
  • Received information about future action items including student trips, special meeting with representatives of the City of Olathe, date and time of the board's end-of-year meeting, athletic trainer services contract renewal, concrete and asphalt repairs for summer projects, updates to three policies regarding staff use of mobile technology, bidding schedules for multiple projects, request for proposal for mechanical performance contracting services for multiple HVAC projects, bids for data storage solution hardware and software, bids for WiFi access points and phones at Olathe West, bids for replacement computers and laptops, obtaining a real estate broker to help sell the North Lindenwood Support Center, possible lease of district property at 116th Street and Renner Boulevard to a landscaping business, minor changes to the 2017-18 school year calendar, and proposed 2018-19 calendar.
  • Received a monthly update on the progress of Olathe West.
  • Received a legislative update.
  • Received the Head Start director's monthly report.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel matters, employer-employee negotiations and confidential data related to financial affairs.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are available at