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2-1-18 — O'Dell Retires After 40 Years in Education

Feb. 1, 2018 ~ After a 40-year career in public education, Executive Director of Human Resources Mark O’Dell is retiring. Of those years of service, 29 of them were spent with Olathe Public Schools.

photo of Mark O'Dell “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the Olathe school community and to have the opportunity to associate with so many outstanding teachers and colleagues the past 29 years,” O’Dell said. “I am proud of the fact that Olathe Public Schools has a reputation of being progressive and a national leader in educational innovations and has stayed the course with their mission of preparing students for their future. I am truly thankful to have been a part of something so great.”

Since 1969, the O’Dell family has had a connection to the Olathe Public Schools as O’Dell’s father, Tom, became the head basketball coach of Olathe High School. O’Dell’s wife, Radonna, also taught in Olathe while their three children all graduated from Olathe schools. The tradition will continue with their grandson who will attend an Olathe school in the fall of 2019.

“Mark has been an outstanding member of our district and our community,” Olathe Superintendent John Allison said. “We wish him the best in his retirement.”