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6-3-22 — June 2022 Board Meeting Review

June 3, 2022 ~ The Olathe Board of Education met June 2 for its regular meeting. The agenda included highlights of the latest parent and staff surveys, an update on a new assessment tool for students, and a civil engineering proposal for traffic flow improvement around Olathe South High School and Indian Trail Middle School.

Recognitions

  • Church of the Resurrection West was recognized as a community partner being an Adopt-A-School partner for the past eight years.
  • The Olathe Northwest High School Ravens dance team won national championships in three categories of the National Dance Alliance event in March.
  • California Trail Middle School students were named champions in overall team competition of the state MATHCOUNTS.
  • Mahi Kohli, a California Trail student, qualified for the national MATHCOUNTS competition and is one of three representatives from Kansas.
  • Andy Weber, Olathe West High School social studies teacher, received the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction from the National Society of High School Scholars.

Staff and Parent Surveys

Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations Maggie Kolb provided the board with results from the 2021-22 staff and parent surveys. The surveys are an important tool for gathering input from key stakeholder groups, and results from the surveys are used throughout the organization to impact decision making.

More than 2,500 parents and nearly 2,000 staff responded to the surveys, with all buildings and levels represented. Communication was the top ranked item, with 92% of parents and 91% of staff agreeing they receive the information they need from the Olathe Public Schools. Senior leadership is studying all results and using the information to guide decision-making moving forward.

Learning Services Update

Dr. Sarah Guerrero, assistant superintendent for Learning Services, and members of her team presented information about the implementation of Fastbridge assessments and the district’s literacy focus. The team proposes adopting Fastbridge as a screening tool and general measure for reading, math and behavior beginning this fall. The Fastbridge Learning suite of assessments would eliminate the need for three separate assessments currently being used in Olathe (NWEA MAP, Panorama, and Amira).

Seven school buildings, covering all grade levels, piloted Fastbridge in the spring and have provided feedback on its implementation. Later in the meeting, board members voted to purchase the Fastbridge Learning suite of assessments.

Dr. Sarah Guerrero, assistant superintendent for Learning Services, and members of her team also presented information on a foundational writing skills resource – Writer's Workshop Units of Study. The instruction follows a workshop format, including mini lessons, writer’s workshop time and reflection time. This program has been piloted within select district schools over the past few years.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, financial and accounts payable reports, human resources report, student trips, writing instruction resource, elementary reading/English language arts materials, seventh grade social studies course, elementary social studies resource, and update and revision of secondary core literature.
  • Approved the annual renewal of the online subscription database ABC-CLIO for grades 6-12. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the purchase of Fastbridge Learning’s suite of assessments. (capital outlay)
  • Approved renewal of the Mastery Connect assessment software subscription. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the annual licensing renewal of Nearpod Software. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the annual subscription and licensing support for School Dude/Brightly Software. (capital outlay)
  • Approved renewal of the ClassLink Management Software subscription. (capital outlay)
  • Approved renewal of the Blackboard Communications Software. (capital outlay)
  • Approved renewal of the Horizon OneSource software for Food Services. (Food Service fund)
  • Approved the purchase of milk-based products and 100% juice products for district breakfast and lunch programs. (Food Service fund)
  • Approved renewal of the Navigate 360 tools. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the civil engineering proposal for traffic improvement around Olathe South High School and Indian Trail Middle School. (2022 Bond)
  • Nominated board member Julie Steele to serve on the Kansas Association of School Boards nominating committee for 2022-23.
  • Approved the creation of a subcommittee to review and discuss and present a recommendation on the format for public comments.
  • Received information on several future action items including middle and high school courses, PowerUp reading intervention, career and technical education pathway curriculum updates, purchase of hotspot devices, renewal of Solarwinds network monitoring software, board policy updates, adjusted boundaries for board member districts, student trips, pool surface renovations, technology acceptable use policy, safety and security upgrades, CrisisAlert notification system, GoGuardian Beacon 24/7 internet monitoring program, and purchase of digital radios.
  • Held an executive session to consult with its attorney.
  • Held an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.