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4-5-19 — Board Learns How Role of Libraries Has Changed

April 5, 2019 ~ Members of the Olathe Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting on April 4 and learned about the ever-changing role of libraries in Olathe schools.

Library Media Coordinator Lori Franklin and three school library media specialists shared examples of how school libraries have adapted to support and teach 21st century digital literacy skills. The library media centers provide physical and virtual resources for students of all ages. From learning information on how to buy a car to visiting different time periods or locations with technology, libraries are an immersive experience in Olathe schools.


  • TVH was recognized as a community partner because of their long-standing partnership with the 21st Century Academies and fulfilling professional learning experiences for students, providing Youth Mentors and annual sponsorships to the Olathe Public Schools Foundation.
  • Arjun Garapaty, a sophomore at Olathe North High School, earned a perfect score on the ACT exam.
  • LyLena Estabine of Olathe Northwest High School won the Best in Show award in the Martin Luther King Celebration contest presented by the district and the Olathe Human Relations Commission. Her entry was multi-media.
  • Olathe North’s Scholars Bowl team won the state 6A championship.
  • Olathe Northwest’s Raven Dance Team earned the National Dance Alliance championship title in pom and jazz.
  • Olathe North’s Eaglettes Dance Team earned the Dance Team Union national champions title in large varsity pom.
  • Olathe East High School’s 200-yard medley relay boys swim team won the state 6A title. The team includes Phillip Costello, Micah Leslie, Jack Gabrielson and Aidan Walters.
  • Phillip Costello of Olathe East is the state 6A champion in 100-yard breaststroke.
  • Keegan Slyter of Olathe North is the state 6A wrestling champion in the 126-pound weight category.
  • Mike Anderson of Olathe West High School is the 6A bowling champion.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda of routine items including meeting minutes, reports, student trips, budget development goals and calendar for 2019-20, and German 4 textbooks.
  • Approved the renewal of Kronos time clocks software and hardware support licensing. (general fund)
  • Approved the purchase of replacement interior door cylinder locks and associated door hardware at Olathe North and Northwest high schools, and Prairie Learning Center. This is part of the summer safety and security upgrades. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved a temporary construction easement for the City of Olathe’s 151st Street and Ridgeview intersection improvements supporting Indian Trail Middle School.
  • Approved temporary construction easements and right-of-way for the City of Olathe’s 119th Street and Pflumm intersection improvement supporting Walnut Grove Elementary School.
  • Approved two student trips.
  • Approved the 2019-20 student fees, miscellaneous charges and facility rental / athletic complex fees. Driver’s education fees will increase to meet rising costs of the program. Adult meal costs will increase 10 cents, and student meals will increase 5 cents to cover rising costs. The district activity complex technology/grounds supervisor fee will increase to align with actual costs.
  • Received information on future action items including Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) nominating committee appointment, student trips, Head Start grant planning, various purchases, districtwide rooftop ladder procurement, Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling, curriculum, math manipulatives, career and technical education materials, and renewal of the KASB and National School Boards Association memberships.
  • Received the Head Start director’s monthly written report.
  • Held an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Upon return from executive session, the Board of Education approved a resolution on a non-renewal.

The complete agenda and supporting documents are available by visiting the BoardDocs website.