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8-3-18 — Board Receives Preliminary Budget Information for 2018-19

Aug. 3, 2018 ~ A single presentation topped the Olathe Board of Education’s agenda when the group met Aug. 2: preliminary budget information for 2018-19.

Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations John Hutchison told board members of key assumptions such as anticipated enrollment increase, growth contingency and assessed valuation growth and how those items are factored into the budget. Other considerations included the opening of Summit Trail Middle School. Hutchison discussed increased in fixed costs and the mill levy impact and fielded questions from the board.


  • The YMCA was recognized as a longtime community partner because of outreach for Olathe’s students and teachers. They offer before- and after school care to parents at 31 elementary schools and last year organized a learn-to-swim program for Washington Elementary. Also last year, YMCA launched a new service to provide childcare for certified staff on professional development days.
  • Three Olathe teachers participated in summer externships with area businesses. The teachers and their business partners were: Kirk Peterson, a Civic Leadership Academy teacher at Olathe East High School, interned with the Olathe assistant city manager; Susan Barr, counselor at Olathe North High School, interned with the admissions coordinator of Johnson County Community College; and Laura Beaver, family and consumer science teacher at Olathe North, interned at Grand Street Café.
  • Christi Gottschalk, principal of Ravenwood Elementary School, was named a Community Champion by the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City. Her school received a Promising Practices in Character Education Award from the Kansas State Department of Education and
  • Josh Stock, a teacher at Santa Fe Trail Middle School, was named a 2018 Emerging Leader by the International Society for Technology in Education.
  • Austin Shively, a student at Olathe Northwest High School, earned state titles in both dramatic and humorous interpretation.
  • Nicole Patrao of Chisholm Trail Middle School won the district spelling bee and participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Several track and field athletes won 6A state championships. Julian Lacey of Olathe Northwest won the 800m run. The Olathe North team of Hannah Rodina, Claire Fuhlhage, Sarah Whitaker and Zoey Schillinger won the 4x800m relay. Olathe North’s Dana Baker won both the javelin and discus events. Bailey Turner of Olathe East won the long jump competition.
  • Kevin Mboma, Angela Cha, Abby Middleton and Gustavo Trejo, founding members of Olathe North’s Student Diversity and Social Justice Council, were recognized for their work on equity in education.
  • Anika Lam of Olathe North won the 200m individual medley state swimming championship.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda of routine items including meeting minutes, departmental reports, a student trip, high school choral music curriculum, and the purchase of Mastery Connect assessment and benchmarking software through a grant.
  • Approved the purchase of 1,300 protective cases for Microsoft Surface Pro tablets. (2016 bond)
  • Approved construction change orders in excess of $20,000 for Canyon Creek Elementary School now under construction. (2013 bond)
  • Approved the trade bid to replace the mechanical unit of the girls’ locker room at Olathe District Activity Center. (capital outlay funds)
  • Approved the replacement of aging choir robes at Olathe Northwest. (capital outlay funds)
  • Approved the purchase of software licenses for Final Cut, Compression, and Motion software for all high school Mac computer labs. (2016 bond)
  • Entered into an agreement with the City of Olathe for a police resource instructor for the Public Safety Academy at Olathe West High School.
  • Approved a notice of hearing for publication regarding a budget hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.
  • Approved a special board meeting immediately following the budget hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to make final budget modifications and approve the state budget documents for certification.
  • Approved the board’s 2018-19 committee and site council assignments.
  • Received information on a future action item regarding phone replacements for elementary classrooms throughout the district.
  • Held an executive session to discuss potential property future site development, and for employer-employee negotiations.

The complete agenda is available on the BoardDocs website.