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5-4-18 — Board Receives Parent, Staff Survey Results

May 4, 2018 ~ The Olathe Board of Education met May 3 and received some valuable feedback from parents and district staff as a result of two spring surveys. Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Jessica Dain presented the detailed information which will be used to help guide decision making in Olathe Public Schools, and will be analyzed by district and building leaders.

The staff survey asked questions about the Board of Education, district as a whole, individual work place, job satisfaction, and overall feelings. Although the overall response was very positive, two areas will be reviewed further: learning opportunities for staff, and benefits offered by the district. Eighty-eight percent of staff are satisfied or very satisfied with their job, and 93 percent say they are proud to tell people they work for the Olathe Public Schools.

Nearly 2,850 parents completed the districtwide parent survey (2,760 in English and 85 in Spanish). Major topics on the survey ranged from the Board of Education to the district calendar and parent-teacher conferences. Several questions also focused on transportation services. More than half of respondents ranked the current calendar as a 5 on a scale of 1-5 (low to high). Another 30 percent ranked the current calendar as a 4. Fifty-four percent of parents ranked the current parent-teacher conference format with a 5 (on a scale of 1-5, low to high), and another 25 percent ranked it with a 4.

Ninety-four percent of respondents gave the district an A or B grade, compared to a Phi Delta Kappa nationwide average of 49 percent.

National Teacher Day

Anna Scholz, a fourth-grade teacher from Forest View Elementary, gave a brief presentation on National Teacher Day, observed May 8. Scholz shared a student-made video about why students love their teachers.


  • Johnson County Community College was recognized as a longtime community partner because it implements innovative curriculum partnerships and enrichment programming for all levels of district students.
  • George P. Dunmore, a longtime supporter of the Olathe Public Schools through his involvement with the St. Aidan’s Church food backpack program, was recognized for his years of service.
  • Olathe Police Officer Damon Bell, who serves as school resource officer at Olathe South High School, was recognized for his years of service. Officer Bell is retiring this year.
  • Lindsay Sutter of Chisholm Trail Middle School was recognized as a Community Champion by the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.
  • Georgia Mitchell of Olathe North High School was selected as the American Academic Competition Institute’s Student Teacher of the Year.
  • Brian Beach, Anchal Gupta and Wade Boohar of Olathe North achieved perfect scores on the ACT exam.
  • Several students were recognized as National Merit Scholarship finalists: Negin Amouei, Jack Donley, Sameena Hameed, Dominique Jaramillo, Timothy Schmidt and Jacob Wilson from Olathe East High School; Shulammite Lim, Cheyenne Loo and Magda Werkmeister from Olathe North High School; Andrew Booze, Kenton Huff, Kristoffer Lauridsen, Selina Noor, Stephen Schuler and Krisdapa Sirasudhi from Olathe Northwest High School; Hanna Carney, Natalie Roberts, Alexius Schmidt and Kylee Wallentine from Olathe South High School.
  • Several students excelled at the Job Olympics: Michael Billings, Davinae Butler, Sam Wedenland, Joven Virk and Cassie Camps of Olathe South High School placed first as individuals, and the team won third in Division 1. The South team earned 49 individual ribbons. Rachel Zink of Olathe Northwest High School placed first and the Northwest team won third in Division II, while earning 43 individual ribbons.
  • The Olathe Northwest Ravens Dance Team won Large Varsity Team Performance, Large Varsity Jazz, and Grand National Champions titles at the national championships.
  • The Olathe North Eaglettes Dance Team won Large Pom Division at the national championships.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda of routine items including meeting minutes, reports, student trips, curriculum, textbooks, boundary adjustment for Madison Place Elementary/ Chisholm Trail Middle School, transportation safety variances for next year, and the IDEA VI-B application.
  • Approved the 2018-19 fees for Kansas Association of School Boards and National School Boards Association.
  • Accepted signage and graphics bids for Summit Trail Middle School. (2016 Bond funds)
  • Approved a bid for science supplies, materials and equipment at Summit Trail. (capital outlay funds)
  • Approved the purchase of fixtures, furniture, and equipment for middle school renovations at Frontier Trail, Indian Trail, Pioneer Trail and Santa Fe Trail. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved the purchase of cheerleader uniforms for Summit Trail. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the bid for athletic uniforms and apparel for all sports at Summit Trail. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved the purchase of replacement home and away football uniforms for Olathe North High School. (district student activity fund)
  • Accepted bids for Canyon Creek Elementary School. (2013 Bond)
  • Approved trade bids for the summer pool repair project. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the procurement of replacement interior door cylinder locks for Chisholm Trail, Pioneer Trail and Santa Fe Trail middle schools this summer. (capital outlay)
  • Accepted the proposal to purchase and install wireless equipment and services for Olathe East, Olathe North and Olathe Northwest high schools. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved the purchase of Apple computer equipment for Summit Trail and scheduled replacements throughout the district. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved the purchase of Microsoft Surface Pro tablets to replace existing desktops for elementary certified staff. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved the bid for audio/visual projectors, screens, mounts and related hardware for Summit Trail, Olathe Northwest and six elementary locations. (capital outlay)
  • Appointed Brian Geary to serve on the Kansas Association of School Boards nominating committee for 2018.
  • Approved a student trip for the Olathe North Mock Trial team to attend the national championships in May. (building budget and fundraisers)
  • Approved the Olathe Head Start continuation grant documents.
  • Received information on a number of future action items including student trips, textbooks, bids, insurance policy renewals, and school resource officer agreement.
  • Received the Head Start director’s written report.
  • Held an executive session to discuss personnel issues.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are available online at