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4-9-18 — Board Hears Presentations on County Appraisals, 2019 Graduation

April 9, 2018 ~ The Olathe Board of Education’s April 5 meeting included two presentations: one focusing on property tax valuations and one highlighting topics related to secondary education.

Johnson County Commission Chair Ed Eilert and Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome gave an overview of the “dark store theory” of property valuation and its potential economic impact on the state, county and school district.

In the second presentation, Executive Director of General Administration / Secondary Programs Jim McMullen touched on three topics regarding secondary education.

He shared the graduation schedule for the class of 2019. Olathe West High School will send its first graduating class across the stage next year. Olathe will have five high schools graduating in the same weekend. All ceremonies will take place at College Boulevard Activity Complex (CBAC). Olathe Northwest High School will serve as the indoor facility for all graduations in the event of inclement weather. The graduation schedule will be:

  • Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7 p.m. Olathe West High School
  • Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. Olathe North High School
  • Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Olathe South High School
  • Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Olathe East High School
  • Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m. Olathe Northwest High School

McMullen also reviewed information and feedback of the Power 50 lunch period utilized in high schools which is in its first year of practice. Both staff and students were encouraged by grade improvement and positive use of time.

The final topic was the opening of Summit Trail Middle School this fall. Approximately 95 percent of their staff is hired. Furniture is scheduled to be delivered in May with other materials to follow this summer.


  • Olathe Health was recognized as a long-time community partner of the district.
  • Pam Williamson of Olathe Northwest High School was named Outstanding Secondary Choral Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Music Educators Association.
  • Erik Erazo of Olathe North High School received the 2018 Most Inspiring Teacher award given by the Teacher Education Department of MidAmerica Nazarene University.
  • Retired school counselor Marvalee Collins was inducted into the Kansas Counseling Association Hall of Fame.
  • Evan Kappelman, a student at Olathe East High School, was named to the Music for All Jazz Band of America.
  • Olathe Northwest’s Scholars Bowl team won the state championship title.
  • Arbor Creek Elementary’s Math Wings team won the fifth-grade division of the district competition.
  • Heatherstone Elementary’s Math Wings team won the fourth-grade division of the district competition.
  • Olathe North’s wrestling team won the 6A state wrestling title.
  • Keegan Slyter, Jevon Parrish, Javier Contreras and Terrell Garraway of Olathe North, as well as Nick Jouret and Jace Koelzer of Olathe South High School, won the 6A state wrestling titles in their respective weight divisions.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda of routine items including meeting minutes, reports, student trips, policy update, and curriculum.
  • Accepted a bid to install an audio system in the gym at Summit Trail Middle School. (2016 bond funds)
  • Approved the auditing services contract for the period ending June 30, 2018. (general fund)
  • Approved the bid to purchase uninterruptable power supply units for servers at Summit Trail. (2016 bond funds)
  • Approved the bid for opening day library materials at Summit Trail. (capital outlay funds)
  • Accepted trade bids for masonry, waterproofing and joint sealant aging facilities projects at Meadow Lane Elementary School. (2016 bond funds)
  • Accepted the bid to repair some windows due to water leakage at Olathe Northwest. (capital outlay funds)
  • Granted a temporary construction easement for the east Elm Street road reconstruction project near Ridgeview Elementary School.
  • Approved a bid to replace aging laptop computers at the elementary level. (2016 bond funds)
  • Accepted the bid for pool filter replacement at Prairie Trail Middle School. (capital outlay funds)
  • Accepted the bid for a site drainage improvement project at Walnut Grove Elementary School. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the bid to upgrade the KRONOS timekeeping software. (2016 bond funds)
  • Approved the bid for additional Cisco network switches at Summit Trail. (2016 bond funds)
  • Approved the repair of outdoor tennis courts at Olathe North. (capital outlay funds)
  • Approved the bid for band instruments for Summit Trail. (capital outlay funds)
  • Approved the bid for orchestra instruments for Summit Trail. (capital outlay funds)
  • Approved the bid for purchase and installation of Cisco wireless network equipment at Summit Trail. (2016 bond funds)
  • Approved student trips for the Culinary Arts team, Olathe Northwest Engineering Academy, and Olathe North DECA.
  • Received information on future action items including a nominating committee appointment for the Kansas Association of School Boards, membership with the National School Boards Association and Kansas Association of School Boards, textbooks, Apple computer equipment, transportation safety variances, boundary adjustment for Madison Place Elementary and Chisholm Trail Middle School, student trips, Head Start grant planning, curriculum, and district calendars for 2019-20.
  • Received a written report on the recent district staff survey.
  • Received the Head Start director’s monthly report.
  • Received a written report highlighting the spring parent-teacher conferences.
  • Held an executive session to discuss legal matters and personnel matters.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are available online at