Response to Parent Survey Outshines Last Year

May 5, 2017 ~ When Olathe Board of Education members met May 4, they learned that nearly 2,000 more parents completed this year's parent survey than participated in 2016. Participation in the staff survey was also high, with nearly 70 percent weighing in this year.

Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski said 4,899 parents completed this year's survey in English (172 in Spanish), compared to 2,947 last year (63 in Spanish). Survey questions covered the Board of Education, district as a whole, treatment by staff, safety, bullying, transportation and overall satisfaction. Some questions were also used to compare Olathe to national poll responses.

  • 97 percent of respondents gave district teachers an A or B grade
  • 94 percent gave the district as a whole an A or B grade
  • 94 percent said "overall, I am satisfied with the Olathe Public Schools"
  • 93 percent said the district maintains its facilities
  • 93 percent said they get the information they need about the district
  • 89 percent agreed they are "satisfied with the service provided by the bus company"

On the staff survey, Banikowski said 3,114 employees responded this year.

  • 94 percent said students in the district are provided a high quality education
  • 94 percent said the district helps strengthen the community
  • 94 percent are "proud to tell others that I work for the Olathe Public Schools"
  • 93 percent said the "people at work are dedicated to improving student achievement"
  • 92 percent said they know the district's mission (what it is trying to accomplish)
  • 89 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with their job

Results from both surveys will be provided to all school principals and building administrators and will be analyzed by senior leadership, administrators, building level teams, Teaching and Learning, site councils, the Classified Staff Advisory Council and others. This input helps district leaders determine the district's perception and helps guide decision making and action.

Computer Learning Associates

Lori Franklin, coordinator of library media, provided an update regarding the Computer Learning Associate Program. This program utilizes five core concepts: keyboarding, digital citizenship, coding, internet safety and Microsoft Office programs.

Olathe West Update

Jim McMullen, executive director of administration and secondary programs, provided an update of Olathe West High School. Currently, staff is undergoing training for the various large equipment pieces and is looking forward to the Olathe Chamber Coffee held May 11.

Legislative Update

Interim Superintendent Pat All gave an update on the Kansas legislative session. Legislative session resumed May 1 and will conclude May 14. All informed board members that discussions are currently ongoing regarding tax and school funding.

National Teacher Day

Don Branham, language arts teacher at California Trail Middle School, gave an oral history of National Teacher Day, which is the first Tuesday of first full week in May. Branham discussed skills students are learning with the help of the district's wonderful staff.


  • APAC Kansas City Division is a valued community partner. This organization has supported Olathe's STEM Connection: Girls Mentoring Girls Mentoring Girls. for the district. APAC has been a participant at the Olathe Advanced Technical College and Career day for several years.
  • National Merit finalists are Mason Crabtree, Brock Kaufmann, Matthew Miller and Travis Nebeker from Olathe East; Sabrina Bogart, Adam Coffman, Dylan Honors, Ethan Johnson, Alexander Kolar, Alexis McCalla and Arvind Subramanian from Olathe North; Cole Brabec, Sumner Holtzman, Zachary Kulphongpatana, Michael Lacy, Greta Lundy and Logan Rance from Olathe Northwest; and Bethany Bluel, Nicholas Hinman, Emmalee Reed and Kyle Wetter from Olathe South.
  • Olathe East's Design Academy students Cameron Wasinger, Matt Reichmuth Tanner Williams, Isaac Taylor and Holden Hartley placed fourth in the national SourceAmerica Design Challenge.
  • Students from Olathe Northwest were named Division 2 team champions at the Johnson County Community College Job Olympics.
  • Olathe South debate and forensics sponsors Jo Ball and Catherine Smith received third diamond and sixth diamond degrees of membership (respectively) from the National Speech and Debate Association's Honor Society.
  • Twenty district residents participated in the Citizens Education Academy.
  • Ten teachers and administrators participated in the district's L.E.A.D. Academy.
  • Ridgeview and Westview elementary schools received Challenge Awards from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, financial reports, accounts payable report, Human Resources report, Title I schoolwide grant plan for Tomahawk Elementary School, textbooks for new 21st Century Academy courses, a continuation grant and other Head Start documents, and a student trip.
  • Approved bids for wrestling mats, boys basketball uniforms, soccer goals, floor cleaning equipment, boys and girls soccer uniforms, athletic training equipment and supplies, and stringed orchestra instruments and accessories for Olathe West High School (bond 2016).
  • Approved the lease of replacement district vehicles, as well as a security vehicle and two Chevrolet Suburbans for Olathe West (capital outlay).
  • Approved the purchase of LED video display boards for the gyms at Olathe East and Olathe South (bond 2016).
  • Approved construction change orders in excess of $20,000 for Millcreek Campus.
  • Approved a proposal for architectural-engineering services for the design of Elementary School #36 which is anticipated to open in August 2019 and relieve Cedar Creek Elementary School (bond 2013).
  • Approved the purchase of replacement firewall technologies (general fund).
  • Approved the purchase of a replacement internet services provider contract (general fund).
  • Approved the purchase for Apple iMac computers for the labs at Olathe West (bond 2016).
  • Approved student trips for the Olathe North and California Trail Middle School Science Olympiad teams, and the Olathe Northwest Engineering Academy.
  • Approved a temporary construction and permanent trail easement at Cedar Creek Elementary School.
  • Appointed Shannon Wickliffe to serve on the Kansas Association of School Boards nominating committee.
  • Received information on future action items including three student trips, renewal of the general insurance policy for fiscal year 2018, a salary reimbursement agreement with Kids TLC for 2017-18, fees for the Kansas Association of School Boards and National School Boards Association, bids for Cisco switches and teacher Macbook Air laptops, audio/video equipment in elementary gyms, international language labs for high schools, textbooks, instructional materials, curriculum, milk and juice bids, solar array and wind devices for Olathe West, interior graphics bids for Olathe West, a traffic signal agreement for Middle School 10, a pool contractor for Middle School 10, request for proposal for architectural-engineering services for middle school entry expansion and renovation projects, playground equipment for Bentwood Elementary School, bids for replacement cafeteria tables for Frontier Trail Middle School, bids for portable staging at Olathe West, memorandum of understanding between the district and law enforcement agencies and Code of Student Conduct revisions, and transportation safety variances.
  • Received the Head Start director's written report.
  • Received a written update on progress at Olathe West.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel matters, consult with the district's attorney, and discuss employer-employee negotiations.
  • Returned from executive session to approve the adoption of ESI complaint findings.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are available online at