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5-9-22 — May 2022 Board Meeting Review

May 9, 2022 ~ The Olathe Board of Education met May 5 for its regular meeting. The agenda included a presentation about diversity and engagement, approval of a construction management proposal for the new Santa Fe Trail Middle School, and a handful of recognitions.

Students from Heatherstone Elementary School led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the board’s presentation of recognitions.


  • State swimming champions from Olathe East High School were recognized: Keaton Kristoff for 100-meter Backstroke and 200-meter Individual Medley; Micah Leslie for 100-meter Butterfly, Keaton Kristoff, Micah Leslie, John Costello and Kobe Otero for 200-meter Medley Relay, and Micah Leslie, Keaton Kristoff, Garrett Seyler and Blake Nelson for 400-meter Freestyle Relay.
  • Rahi Dasgupta of Olathe Northwest High School is a national and regional award winner in the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Aspirations in Computing contest.
  • Sterling Neumer and Jatin Thakur of Olathe Northwest were recognized for their bravery while saving a family from a house fire.
  • Westview Elementary received the Challenge Award from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force for making a notable difference in student achievement despite significant challenges in the school population.
  • Tyler Kitson, school psychologist for Fairview and Washington elementary schools, won the Presidential Award in Recognition of Exceptional Service to Children and School Psychology from the National Association of School Psychologists.
  • The Kansas Drug Enforcement Administration donated $30,000 through a grant to the Lowrider Leadership Bike Club and The Spot to purchase program needs and supplies for The Spot to promote positive interaction between law enforcement and youth.

School Spotlight

Heatherstone Elementary Principal Toni Cole and several teachers presented information about their school and what makes the Heatherstone Husky community special. Opened in 1995, the school has a student enrollment of nearly 450 students. Cole shared details about Heatherstone as a “PBIS” school (Positive Behavior Support Interventions), built around the building statement “I am READY. I am RESPONSIBLE. I am RESPECTFUL.” Sara Heinicke, early childhood special education teacher, and Debbie Beaman, Jumpstart program, shared about the supports in place for the district’s earliest learners, including the Connect4Learning curriculum, Second Step, Conscious Discipline, and most importantly, play. Finally, Clint Snyder, social emotional resource teacher, shared the social-emotional supports in place for students.

DECA Student Engagement

Coordinator of College and Career Readiness Alicia Jackson and student members of the district’s Diversity and Engagement Advisory Council updated board members on work being done in Olathe’s high schools to build a positive experience for everyone. They also mentioned elementary students sharing their different perspectives and being open to new ideas, such as playing with new friends or holding diversity days to get to know each other. Another example involved a middle school where students get to learn about different cultures at school, and even included families in the learning project. The committee has met with the superintendent and has even greater trust in the administration because of this engagement.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6

Leigh Anne Rogers, president of the Olathe National Education Association, reviewed the importance of Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day (May 3). The annual observance is sponsored by the National PTA and National Education Association to share the impact teachers have on students every day.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, financial and accounts payable reports, human resources report, student trips, early childhood through fifth grade visual arts instructional resources, middle school theatre course textbooks and resources, purchase of textbook resource for Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Academy, proposed transportation variances for the 2022-23 school year, application for the Head Start continuation grant, and application for the Head Start cost of living and quality improvement grant.
  • Approved payment for the 2022-23 membership and affiliation fees to the Kansas Association of School Boards and KASB Legal Assistance Fund.
  • Approved the financial audit services for the period ending June 30, 2022. (general fund)
  • Approved the continued partnership between Olathe Public Schools and KidsTLC. (general fund and VIB special education fund)
  • Approved the purchase of heart rate monitors for middle school physical education programs. (capital outlay)
  • Accepted the proposal from Mammoth Sports Commission to replace practice field turf at Olathe East, North, Northwest and South high schools. (2022 Bond)
  • Approved the purchase of furniture (office and student learning) due to growth and replacement of aging items. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the construction management services proposal for the new Santa Fe Trail Middle School. (2022 Bond)
  • Approved a temporary construction easement and permanent drainage easement at Olathe East High School.
  • Approved bond resolutions for Bond Series 2022A and 2022B general obligation bonds.
  • Received information on several future action items including student trips, renewal of assessment tool Mastery Connect, Nearpod renewal, purchase of new benchmark assessment tool, subscription and licensing for School Dude, ClassLink software subscription, Blackboard software subscription licensing and support, Horizon OneSource software for Food Services, ABC-CLIO online subscription database renewal, ice machine maintenance and repair services, batting tunnel netting at Olathe North High School, architectural-engineering proposal for the new Operations Service Center project, civil engineering proposal for the Olathe South High School/ Indian Trail Middle School/ Heritage Elementary School campus traffic circulation improvement project, juice and milk-based products bid, renewal of Navigate 360, general insurance policy renewals, Turnitin contract renewal for high schools, purchase of replacement automated external defibrillators, licensing renewal for the Frontline Education employee management system, appointment to Kansas Association of School Boards nominating committee, purchase of writing instruction resource, purchase of workbooks and student manipulative kits and digital presentation subscriptions for the phonics program, and seventh grade social studies instructional materials.
  • Received the Head Start director’s monthly written report.
  • Held an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.