Olathe Schools Selected for the Kansans Can School Redesign Project

Aug. 8, 2017 ~ In a special announcement today, the Kansas Department of Education and State Board of Education named the Olathe Public Schools as one of seven Kansas school districts to participate in the Kansans Can School Redesign project. The project requires selected districts to designate one elementary and one secondary school to be redesigned around the five outcomes established by the State Board of Education. The five elements identified as defining a successful high school graduate include: social-emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, Individual Plan of Study (IPS), high school graduation rates, and postsecondary completion/attendance. Westview Elementary and Santa Fe Trail Middle School will be participating from the Olathe School District.

"We are honored at Westview to have been one of the schools selected for the Kansans Can School Redesign," Westview Principal Jon Bell said. "I am excited to have a chance to collaborate with others from around the state to create a new model that helps prepare our students for success. We have a talented group of teachers who work with our amazing students each day at Westview and I'm looking forward seeing the positive impact we can make with this redesign over the next few years."

"We are most excited about the opportunity to put our hopes and dreams for the ideal middle school experience into action for our students," JJ Libal, Santa Fe Trail principal, said. "I believe that Santa Fe Trail is perfectly positioned to build on our past successes while providing a truly innovative learning environment to prepare students for their future."

To be considered for the project, districts had to submit an application. Along with the application, each district had to include evidence showing the support of their local school board, along with a faculty vote of 80 percent and local Kansas National Education Association or other professional organization support.

"We look forward to the possibilities and opportunities the Kansans Can Redesign Project provides us," Superintendent John Allison said. "This gives us an opportunity to look at schools differently and to work in partnership with the Kansas Department of Education in order to recalibrate our schools as we look to the future."

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