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6-5-20 — Board Hears Recap of Continuous Learning Plan

June 5, 2020 ~ The Olathe Public Schools Board of Education held a virtual meeting June 4, their third since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Board President Shannon Wickliffe read a recent statement from Olathe Public Schools which takes a stand against prejudice and racism following recent national events.

Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services Brent Yeager and Superintendent John Allison updated board members on the lessons learned and success of the Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) which was put into effect shortly after schools were closed in March because of COVID-19.

The Continuous Learning Plan met or exceeded guidelines provided by the Kansas Department of Education and approved the state board of education and was not intended to replace in-school instruction.

The board was informed that if there was an interruption of in-person classes during the upcoming school year, a future CLP would be more robust than the version this spring. The new CLP would involve items from the recently completed educator and parent survey, and provide a virtual component.

Dr. Yeager informed the board of potential plans for accountability of learning, consistency and individualized support for students. The district will continue to research best practices to ensure a quality online learning experience, should an interruption occur.

The board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, financial and accounts payable reports, human resources update, policy revision, Head Start assessment data, social emotional learning assessment resource, instructional materials and textbooks, early childhood resource adoption, college and career readiness resource, reading intervention materials, assessment tool, interactive professional development and lesson software, annual subscription database, and writing units of study.
  • Approved the salary reimbursement agreement with Kids TLC for one year. (special services and general fund budgets)
  • Approved renewal of membership fees with the Kansas Association of School Boards and National School Boards Association. (general fund)
  • Approved bids for milk and juice products for the upcoming school year. (Food Service fund)
  • Approved the consulting fee to E-Rate Solutions. (general fund)
  • Accepted the trade bid to construct a canopy over a fire truck that was donated to Olathe West High School’s Public Safety Academy. (capital outlay)
  • Accepted a construction proposal to build a new access road from Olathe East High School to Greenwood Drive. (capital outlay)
  • Approved a contract for on-call casework fabrication and installation for various renovations, repairs and maintenance across the district. (capital outlay and other funding)
  • Approved the district’s general insurance policies for fiscal year 2020-21. (general fund and special liability fund)
  • Approved the purchase of personal protective equipment for staff and students on an as-needed basis. (general fund and possible eligibility of CARES Act funding)
  • Approved the purchase of video broadcasting equipment for Olathe North High School. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the purchase of color printers to replace aging equipment at elementary schools. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the purchase and installation of band/athletic field observation towers at all five high schools. (capital outlay)
  • Approved paying half of the cost to remove tennis courts from Havencroft, Rolling Ridge and Scarborough elementary schools. The Olathe Parks and Recreation would pay the other half of expenses. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the 2020-21 negotiated agreement with the Olathe National Education Association members. (general fund)
  • Appointed school board member LeEtta Felter to serve as the 2020-21 Kansas Association of School Boards governmental relations network representative, and school board member Brad Boyd to serve on the KASB Legislative Committee for 2020-23.
  • Received information on several future action items including curriculum and formative software, computer-assisted design laptop computers, replacement digital projectors, HEPA air purifiers for school nurse offices, renewal of work order system, etc.

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.