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3-2-18 — Board Hears Presentation on Safety, Security

March 2, 2018 ~ The safety and security of district students and staff is of utmost importance, now and in the future. One of five presentations to the Olathe Board of Education during its meeting March 1 focused on the current practices, processes and procedures in place.

Assistant Superintendent of General Administration Erin Dugan reviewed an extensive outline of existing practices, measures and protocols designed to keep students and staff safe and secure, and talked about future areas of discussion and consideration.

Read Across America

Ridgeview Elementary library media specialist Dawn Mercer invited board members to participate in the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day celebration on March 2. The event promotes reading among children while also marking the anniversary of the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss).

Overnight Student Activity Trips

Director of Athletics / Activities Tim Brady gave an overview of the overnight student activity trip requests. His presentation focused on the type of trips funded at the district level versus those funded at the building level. In 2015-16 and 2016-17, more than 60 overnight student activity trips were approved each year. So far in 2017-18, the board has approved 48 trips.

District Communications

Director of Communications Maggie Kolb demonstrated the district’s mobile app which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store by searching “Olathe Public Schools.” The app has been installed more than 5,254 times.

School Redesign

The principals of Westview Elementary and Santa Fe Trail Middle School gave an update on their school redesign processes. Both schools are part of the Kansas State Department of Education’s Mercury Seven Project. Olathe is one of only seven districts across the state to be involved in this project focusing on the five outcomes established by the state Board of Education. Both Westview and Santa Fe Trail have worked to incorporate changes that have positively engaged their student community.


  • College Church of the Nazarene was recognized as a community partner.
  • Kristin Ramshaw of Olathe South High School was named the Sunflower League’s Gymnastics Coach of the Year.
  • Rachel Kufeldt of Cedar Creek Elementary School earned National Board Certification.
  • Rod Smith, principal of Frontier Trail Middle School, received the Honor Administrator award from the Kansas Music Educators Association.
  • Annabelle Darby of Olathe North High School earned a perfect score on the ACT exam.
  • Taylor Kuper of Olathe Northwest High School was named the 2017-18 Gatorade Kansas Volleyball Player of the Year.
  • Emily Martin of Olathe North was selected as state thespian officer for Kansas Thespians.
  • The Olathe North Thespians earned the Golden Honor Troupe award.
  • Anna Hastings of Olathe South was selected as state thespian officer for Kansas Thespians.
  • The Olathe South Thespians, Troupe 5006, performed on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda of routine items including meeting minutes, departmental reports, student trips, curriculum and textbooks.
  • Accepted trade bids for the middle school entry expansion and renovation projects at Frontier Trail, Indian Trail, Pioneer Trail and Santa Fe Trail. (2016 Bond)
  • Accepted bids for the aging facilities projects at several schools including casework and millwork, storefront framing and exterior doors, general trades, wood flooring, commercial flooring, resinous flooring and painting. (2016 Bond)
  • Authorized the execution of a memorandum of understanding with the City of Lenexa to participate in a special benefit district for the future construction of Gleason Road adjacent to Canyon Creek Elementary School. (special assessment fund)
  • Accepted trade bids for summer heating / air conditioning / ventilation projects at Black Bob, Brougham and Meadow Lane elementary schools. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved the purchase of additional playground structures and equipment for Central Elementary School. (Olathe Public Schools Foundation grant)
  • Approved a multi-year agreement with a primary supplier of school and office supplies. (general fund)
  • Approved the budget development goals and calendar for fiscal year 2018-19 which includes budget reviews by the board in July and August, and a public hearing and adoption of the budgets on Aug. 2.
  • Approved the recommended student fees, miscellaneous charges, and facility rental fees for 2018-19. This included increases in the driver’s education fees, adult meal prices, student meal prices, building supervisor’s fee (facility usage rental), and middle school pool, high school small auditorium, and high school main auditorium fees.
  • Received information about future action items including policy changes, curriculum, student trips, audit services, bids, scheduling a drainage improvement project, and upgrading the timekeeping software.
  • Received the Head Start director’s monthly report.
  • Held an executive session to discuss employee performance and personnel changes. 

The complete agenda is available online at