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9-4-20 — September 2020 Board Meeting Review

Sept. 4, 2020 ~ District staff, from administrators to teachers to custodians and other support staff, are working hard to finalize details before the start of the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 8. During their meeting Sept. 3, members of the Olathe Board of Education heard an extensive report of the various tasks being handled.

Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services Brent Yeager provided a broad update regarding the beginning of the school year. Yeager highlighted the multiple learning models that educators have prepared for in the recent weeks and the alignment of educational content across grade levels. Yeager displayed the Learning Services website, which supports a comprehensive resource for remote learners, students and educators as they advance during the school year while providing instruction in a multitude of deliveries.

Yeager also spoke to the delivery of mental health services and social emotional learning while understanding student and educational data from the established systems within the district.

Executive Director of Special Services Anjanette Tolman provided information regarding special services and the delivery of learning instruction.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, financial and accounts payable reports, Human Resources report, materials for the First Responder curriculum, Distinguished Scholars freshman expedition curriculum, assessment tool for career and technical education and related 21st Century Academies, and revision to board policy GAAC.
  • Approved the purchase of 500 new Microsoft Surface Pro tablets for staff use in classrooms and district offices. (Bond 2016 funding)
  • Approved a motion to continue following Johnson County Department of Health and Environment gating criteria for classroom-related instruction. This approval provides the continuation of high school activities and athletics while in the red zone if student-athletes stay in the remote learning option during their competition period and sign a participation waiver. This limits spectators, requires social distancing and requires masks.
  • Received information on future action items including curriculum revisions and adoption, imaging system annual maintenance agreement, bids for Informacast licensing, and playground replacement proposal for Washington Elementary School.
  • Received a written report about change orders of less than $20,000.
  • Received the 2019-20 facility usage report detailing hours of community use of district buildings.
  • Received a written report regarding COVID-related supplies and equipment purchases made to date from the general fund, CARES act funding, and capital outlay.
  • Held an executive session to consult with the district’s attorney. And approved a resolution to a matter pertaining to the executive session.

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.