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3-5-21 — March 2021 Board Meeting Review

March 5, 2021 ~ The Olathe Public Schools Board of Education met March 4 to hear one presentation and act on a variety of issues.

Online Instruction for 2021-22

At its March meeting, the Olathe Board of Education learned more about learning options for the 2021-22 school year. With news from the Kansas State Board of Education and Kansas State Department of Education that remote and hybrid learning will not be an option for next school year, the district is working to develop an option for families that need a virtual learning environment due to health or other issues. Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, Olathe Public Schools will give families an opportunity to apply for a virtual school, with curriculum and content designed for virtual learning. Additional information will be shared about the new virtual school in the coming weeks, but it will be designed to be a virtual learning platform for students in grades K-12.

Staff Vaccination Update

Director of Health Services Sharon Morris and Executive Director of Special Services Anjanette Tolman updated board members on efforts to vaccinate district staff against COVID-19. Through a partnership Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Children’s Mercy Hospital and other school districts in Johnson County, more than 3,225 Olathe Public Schools employees have received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccination clinics began in early February and eight first-dose clinics have occurred. Organizers hope to conclude the first-dose clinics by Spring Break; second-dose clinics are under way.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes; financial and accounts payable reports; human resources report; a student trip; early childhood through fifth grade general music instructional materials; and elementary reading and English language arts instructional materials.
  • Approved the general terms of a lease with the Lindenwood Business and Technical Center for the ACCESS and FOCUS programs to have additional classroom space. (capital outlay funding)
  • Approved the purchase and installation of replacement playground equipment and playground resurfacing at Green Springs Elementary School. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the purchase of bulk flooring for spring and summer projects at the Instructional Resource Center; Forest View, Heritage, Madison Place and Woodland elementary schools; and Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail middle schools. (capital outlay and 2016 Bond)
  • Accepted flooring installation proposals for aging facilities projects this summer. (2016 Bond)
  • Accepted the proposal for track repairs and services at Mission Trail Middle School for late spring and summer. (capital outlay)
  • Accepted the trade bids for food service equipment upgrades at the Food Production Center this summer. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the recommendation to award annual contracts for HVAC roof top unit inspections and preventative maintenance services. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the purchase of furniture and equipment for the Instructional Resource Center reconfiguration project starting during spring break and lasting through the summer. (capital outlay and 2016 Bond)
  • Approved the purchase of general music instruments for district classrooms to create greater equity between buildings. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the purchase of the annual Synergy student information system support and maintenance. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the purchase of video equipment and installation for Olathe East and Olathe South high school auditoriums for the purpose of livestreaming performing arts events. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the purchase of uninterruptible power supply system equipment replacements across the district. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved the purchase of Dell desktop devices and monitors as part of the scheduled replacement cycle. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved the purchase of replacement Apple devices for staff and student use. (2016 Bond)
  • Adopted a resolution for the sale, issuance and delivery of $20 million of general obligation school bonds, Series 2021A.
  • Adopted a resolution for the sale, issuance and delivery of taxable general obligation refunding bonds, Series 2021B.
  • Approved a resolution suspending excess graduation credit requirements for the class of 2021.
  • Received information on future action items including Olathe Head Start continuation grant; career and technical education memorandum of understanding with the Spring Hill School District for programs at the Olathe Advanced Technical Center; student fees and miscellaneous charges for the 2021-22 school year; student trip; transportation safety variances; backup and recovery system for districtwide storage of data files; proposals for a student data and analytics platform; choral risers for Olathe South High School choir; auditorium equipment for Olathe West High School; industrial wood shop equipment and related tools for California Trail Middle School; interior door cylinder locks and door hardware at Mission Trail Middle School; data cable and network connections for the Instructional Resource Center reconfiguration project; middle school reading instructional materials; and virtual school curriculum content.
  • Received the Head Start director’s monthly written report.
  • Held an executive session to consult with the district’s attorney. The board returned to the meeting and voted to approve a resolution in the matter of Jane Doe. 

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.