Board Hears Highlights of Special Education Programs

Feb. 3, 2017 ~ More than 4,400 students in the Olathe School District receive special education services. This was one of many statistics presented to Board of Education members during their meeting Feb. 2.

Director of Special Services Lanie Fasulo covered a variety of details about special services.

  • 4,466 of the district's 29,616 students receive special services.
  • The district's special education budget for 2016-17 is a little over $53 million (including $4 million from the federal level and more than $27 million from the state).
  • Of those receiving special services, 801 are gifted students and 3,665 have a disability.
  • These students are supported by the full-time equivalent of 398 certified staff and 707 paraeducators.
  • There are 13 category labels under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Categories involving the largest number of students include 997 with a specific learning disability, 843 with speech-language concerns, 682 with developmental delays, and 442 with other health impairments.

Legislative Update

Legislative Liaison Cheryl Semmel updated board members on the 2017 Kansas legislative session. Semmel provided an overview of activity in the state Legislature as the Senate and the House Appropriation committees are currently discussing the budget. Semmel will continue to provide updates to the board as the session continues and more bills are introduced.

Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison discussed how the legislature's actions will impact the district's budget. Hutchison discussed the capital outlay reserve and contingency reserve goals and where the district currently stands in relation.


  • The Olathe Junior Service League was recognized for continued support of Olathe Public Schools students, staff and families.
  • Kim Ingraham of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School is one of 32 teachers to receive the Kansas Horizon Award. She is an early childhood teacher in her second year of teaching.
  • Katie Chiaverini, English Language Learning teacher at Westview Elementary School, received the Educator Award from the Olathe Human Relations Commission and Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board for her efforts to promote bilingual literacy at school.
  • Forest View Elementary School has been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. for its outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing The Leader in Me process.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, reports, student trips, end-of-year meeting date and time (6 p.m. Wednesday, June 28), meeting with City of Olathe representatives (6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, Education Center), and update to the employee mobile technology policy.
  • Approved change orders in excess of $20,000 for Middle School 10 (bond 2016 funds).
  • Approved a bid for on-call asphalt and concrete repairs (capital outlay and bond funds).
  • Approved a bid to paint the exterior metal doors and frames at the Olathe District Activity Center (capital outlay funds).
  • Approved the purchase of a compact track loader to replace aging equipment (capital outlay funds).
  • Accepted a bid for asphalt pavement replacement and re-striping at the district athletic complex parking lots (bond 2016 funds).
  • Accepted a bid to replace the HVAC system at Mahaffie Elementary School this summer (bond 2016 funds).
  • Approved the purchase of security and surveillance system/services for Millcreek Center (bond 2016 funds).
  • Approved change orders in excess of $20,000 for Millcreek Center (bond 2016 funds).
  • Accepted bids for various aging facility projects including doors, restroom renovations, and flooring (bond 2016 funds).
  • Accepted bids to expand and renovate the front entry at Oregon Trail Middle School (bond 2016 funds).
  • Approved a lease with Next to Nature LLC on a portion of the school site at 116th Street and Renner Boulevard.
  • Approved bids to replace aging HP computers and laptops in locations across the district (bond 2016 funds).
  • Approved bids for a Cisco phone system at Olathe West High School (bond 2016 funds).
  • Approved bids for Nimble data storage districtwide (bond 2016 funds).
  • Approved a bid for Aerohive WiFi access points (bond 2016 funds).
  • Renewed the athletic trainer services contract with SportsNet of Olathe Medical Center (shared expense with Olathe Medical Center).
  • Appointed Barbara Behm as deputy clerk of the board.
  • Approved four student trips.
  • Received information about future action items including student trips, dedication of a right-of-way for an existing street along the north side of Olathe North High School, consider selling the North Lindenwood Support Center property, easements related to a new district maintenance facility, bidding schedule for the new Olathe District Activity Center ticket booth, bidding schedule for renovating the Olathe North performing arts center, bidding schedule for district track repairs, request for proposal for enterprise content management software, City of Olathe's request for a neighborhood revitalization area, budget development goals and calendar for 2017-18, bid for banner signage at the district athletic complexes, bids for replacement zero-turn mowers and brush hog mowers to replace aging equipment, and student fees and miscellaneous charges for 2017-18.
  • Received the Head Start director's monthly report and a monthly update on progress at Olathe West.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel matters and consult with the district's attorney.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are available at