Deputy Superintendent Alison Banikowski Announces Retirement

Aug. 28, 2017 ~ After a long and successful career in the Olathe Public Schools, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Alison Banikowski has announced that she will retire on Oct. 1.

Alison Banikowski"Seldom does someone have the opportunity to spend nearly their entire career in the same school district, but I have been privileged to do just that in the Olathe district," Banikowski said. "We are fortunate to be surrounded by a community that supports and embraces its school district, including a dedicated Board of Education. I am honored to have been a part of a team of consummate educators, administrators, and support staff who have fashioned the Olathe district into one of the premiere districts in the state of Kansas and beyond. While it is extremely difficult to leave this organization, the time has come to continue my impact on education in other venues, to look toward other ways to 'pay it forward' through volunteer opportunities, renew other interests, and spend more time with family and friends."

Banikowski received her bachelor's degree from University of St. Mary. She received her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Kansas. She started her career teaching music and special education in Kansas and Montana. She served as a principal of a parochial grade school in Kansas City, Mo., prior to joining the Olathe School District in 1983. During her time in Olathe Dr. B., as she is affectionately known, has worked as a special education teacher, an assistant principal, principal, director of elementary education, assistant superintendent, associate superintendent and deputy superintendent.

"Dr. Banikowski has had a tremendous impact on the Olathe Public Schools," Superintendent John Allison said. "Her steadfast dedication to student success and assisting our teachers and staff across the district has left a mark that will remain for years to come. We are grateful for all that she has done to guide this district to great success. We will greatly miss her insight and we wish her the best."