High School Education Caps Off with Presentation to Board of Education

June 2, 2017 ~ Recent Olathe graduates Hayden Foster and Greta Lundy demonstrated what they learned in the 21st Century Academies when they visited the Olathe Board of Education meeting on June 1.

Foster represented the Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Academy at Olathe North High School, and Lundy represented the e-Communication Academy at Olathe Northwest High School. Their presentations were an opportunity to showcase what they learned in four years of their respective academy. Lundy presented animated projects she created and life lessons learned while in the e-Communication Academy. Foster discussed his internship with Johnson County Med-Act.

Legislature, Funding Update

Legislative Liaison Cheryl Semmel updated board members on recent action in the Kansas Legislature, specifically measures that could impact the district. Semmel discussed K-12 budget and tax proposals that are being considered in Topeka. (For more information, visit the district's Legislative Update web page.)

Recognitions

  • Health Partnership Clinic, Responsive Centers for Psychology and Learning, Friends University, MidAmerica Nazarene University Counseling Department, and the Olathe Public Schools Foundation were recognized for their support in mental health and emotional wellness partnerships.
  • Bessie Bauman of Olathe Northwest was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar.
  • Andrea Dahl of Olathe North won the 2017 Grand Award at the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Sathvik Kasarabada of California Trail Middle School won the Kansas National Geographic Bee.
  • Olathe North and California Trail were winners of their respective categories in the Kansas Science Olympiad.
  • Frontier Trail Middle School and Sunnyside Elementary School received awards from the Kansas Schools of Character Recognition Program.
  • Ravenwood Elementary School earned two Promising Practices Awards from the Kansas Schools of Character and Character.org.
  • Justin Howe of Pioneer Trail Middle School received a 2017 Exemplary Assistant Principal Award from the Kansas Administrators of Middle Schools Association.
  • Chisholm Trail Middle School received the High Performing School Award and Exemplary Middle School of the Year Award from the Kansas Administrators of Middle Schools Association.
  • Mike Wallace of Olathe East High school was named Girls Track and Field State of Kansas Coach of the Year by the National Federation Coaches Association.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda of meeting minutes, reports, student trip, textbooks, instructional materials and curriculum.
  • Approved a salary reimbursement agreement with KidsTLC for 2017-18.
  • Approved the membership/affiliation fees with the Kansas Association of School Boards and National School Boards Association for 2017-18.
  • Accepted the 2017-18 premium/fee quotes for workers' compensation, property liability, general school liability, property/casualty, crime liability, fiduciary liability, and other liability insurance coverage.
  • Approved the purchase of furniture, fixtures and equipment for the Millcreek Campus (2016 bond).
  • Approved a bid for a portable staging unit at Olathe West High School (2016 bond).
  • Approved a bid for 3D printers and supplies for maker spaces and other programs at Olathe West (2016 bond).
  • Approved bids for ceramics equipment and supplies for the visual arts programs at Olathe West (2016 bond).
  • Approved a bid for utility vehicles to be used by maintenance and athletics staff at Olathe West (2016 bond).
  • Approved bids for industrial technology equipment and tools for Olathe West (2016 bond).
  • Approved bids for boys and girls track and field uniforms and apparel for Olathe West (2016 bond).
  • Approved a bid for cheerleading uniforms and apparel for Olathe West (2016 bond).
  • Approved a bid for a digital communication solution at Olathe West (2016 bond).
  • Approved bids for milk-based products and 100 percent juice for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Approved the purchase of Apple MacBook Air laptops for teachers at Olathe East and Olathe North (2016 bond).
  • Approved a bid for a five-year licensing agreement for the district's wireless solutions (capital outlay).
  • Approved the purchase of replacement in-wall mounted cafeteria tables at Frontier Trail as part of the aging facility projects (capital outlay).
  • Approved the bid for Cisco switches at all high schools (2016 bond).
  • Approved the bid for food service equipment for Power 50 lunch procedures at the high schools (capital outlay).
  • Approved the purchase of playground enhancements at Black Bob Elementary School as part of the addition of two full-day Head Start classrooms (federal Head Start grant).
  • Approved the purchase of classroom furnishings and materials for Black Bob as part of the addition of two full-day Head Start classrooms (federal Head Start grant).
  • Approved the purchase of play structures and equipment as part of a renovation at Bentwood Elementary School (Olathe Public Schools Foundation grants, school PTA and capital outlay funds).
  • Approved the purchase of furniture, fixtures and equipment for renovation projects at Oregon Trail Middle School, Olathe East and Olathe South High School (2016 bond).
  • Approved six student trips for this summer.
  • Approved transportation safety variances for 2017-18.
  • Approved a special board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 8 to review the latest action taken by the Kansas Legislature.
  • Approved a memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement agencies in accordance with SB367 which takes effect July 1.
  • Approved revisions to board policy JCAC – Investigations, Interviews and Reporting to Law Enforcement.
  • Approved revisions to the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Received information about future action items including textbooks, a student trip, Head Start cost of living adjustment, contract renewal with Assisted Transportation Services, amendment to the Olathe Public Schools Foundation bylaws, policy revision for food services management, policy for debt collection procedures, bid to replace aging food service equipment at some elementary schools, and the school resource officer interlocal agreement.
  • Received the Head Start director's monthly written report and Communications Division initiatives for 2017-18 and beyond.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel matters, consult with the board's attorney, discuss employer-employee negotiations, and discuss matters involving a student.
  • Motion after executive sessions: to grant the superintendent the authority to approve a one-time exception to Board Policy JBC for highly justifiable reasons and exceptional circumstances for a non-resident student.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are available online at http://www.boarddocs.com/ks/olathe/Board.nsf/Public.

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