Board of Education Gathers for April Meeting

April 7, 2017 ~ Legislative Liaison Cheryl Semmel provided an update on discussions and activity in the Kansas Legislature at the Olathe Board of Education during its meeting April 6. The Legislature is still engaged in discussion regarding school funding.


  • The Clay Blair Family Foundation and Garmin International were recognized as community partners because they donated a Garmin Vívofit 3 activity tracker to all teachers in the district as a way to honor teachers and the efforts they make to impact students' lives.
  • Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Jessica Dain was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Honor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Emporia State University.
  • The Olathe Northwest High School Raven dance team earned three major awards and the Olathe North High School Eaglettes dance team won a title at the National Dance Alliance High School National Championships.
  • Olathe North's Screamin' Eagle Band was one of two high school bands to perform at the Distinguished Concerts International New York.
  • Five athletes earned state wrestling titles: Jevon Parrish, Olathe North, 126-lb. class; Riley Alderman, Olathe North, 132-lb. class; Tyler Flood, Olathe North, 138-lb. class; Terrell Garraway, Olathe North, 160-lb. class; and Nick Jouret, Olathe South, 170-lb. class.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, financial reports, accounts payable report, Human Resources report, student trip, and elementary health curriculum.
  • Approved the auditing services contract for the period ending June 30, 2017.
  • Accepted the bid for miscellaneous heating, ventilation and air conditioning projects at several schools this summer.
  • Accepted the bid for construction of a new maintenance building on the Olathe District Activity Center grounds.
  • Approved the purchase of field lighting re-lamp repairs and services at both district activity centers.
  • Approved trade bids for the 21st Century Academy renovation projects at Olathe East and Olathe South high schools.
  • Approved a bid for Crestron audio visual control systems and related equipment at Olathe North, Northwest and South high schools.
  • Approved a bid for track and field equipment for Olathe West High School.
  • Approved a bid for Adidas baseball uniforms and apparel for Olathe West.
  • Approved a bid for Cisco voice infrastructure gateways and routers.
  • Approved the purchase of two batting cages at Olathe West.
  • Approved a bid for Riddell football helmets and shoulder pads for Olathe West.
  • Approved the purchase of replacement Apple iPads and cases for elementary use.
  • Approved the bid for pianos, piano benches and dollies for the music programs at Olathe West.
  • Approved the bid for various football equipment for Olathe West.
  • Renamed the Millcreek Center at the corner of Park and Water streets as the Millcreek Campus because of the variety of programs that will be housed there starting in December.
  • Approved student trips for the Olathe North SMART team, Olathe North DECA team, Olathe Northwest FIRST robotics team, and Culinary Arts team.
  • Received information about future action items including Tomahawk Elementary School's Title I schoolwide grant plan, textbooks for the new 21st Century Academies, Head Start documents, two student trips, request for proposal of architectural-engineering services for Elementary #36, various bids, memo of understanding between the district and law enforcement agencies, proposal to purchase land from the district, and appointments to the Kansas Association of School Boards nominating committee.
  • Received the Head Start director's monthly report.
  • Received an update on participation in the spring parent-teacher conferences. More than 21,000 students were represented by at least one parent at the February conferences (72 percent of the student body).
  • Received an update on progress at Olathe West.
  • Received an update on the new, consistent bell schedule to be implemented in all five high schools in August.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel and consult with the district's attorney.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are online at