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9-6-19 — Board Learns Benefits of Language Immersion Program

Sept. 6, 2019 ~ The Olathe Board of Education met Sept. 5 to act on a variety of topics and hear one informational presentation.

Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services Brent Yeager and ELL/World Language Coordinator Michael Flenthrope provided information on a Spanish language immersion program being developed for possible use in the district. They shared the benefits of language immersion programming and a description of dual-language one-way immersion.

The tentative timeline for this program would begin fall 2020.

Recognitions:

  • Nearly 50 district volunteers, part of the Volunteers Serving Schools program, were recognized for earning President’s Volunteer Service Awards in 2018-19. There were 36 bronze awards for 100-249 hours of service, nine silver awards for 250-499 hours, and four gold awards for more than 500 hours of service.
  • Kaiya Scott of Olathe Northwest High School earned a perfect score on the ACT exam.
  • Anna Hastings of Olathe South High School will serve as chair of both the International Thespian Officers and the Kansas State Thespian Officers.
  • Kaelyn Wellman of Olathe Northwest and Olga Lesnik of Olathe West High School participated in National History Day events.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda consisting of meeting minutes, financial reports, accounts payable, human resources items, student trips, curriculum, and the purchase of professional training from the Teachers College of Reading and Writing Project.
  • Approved a contract with Prime Development to sell 35.4 acres of land at the northeast corner of 95th Street and Monticello Road formerly considered as a middle school site.
  • Approved the annual renewal of maintenance and licensing for OnBase imaging software. (general fund)
  • Accepted a bid for the Education interior reconfiguration project. (capital outlay)
  • Approved a bid to replace aged stringed instruments in orchestra programs across the district. (capital outlay)
  • Approved a bid to replace aged band instruments (brass and percussion) across the district. (capital outlay)
  • Approved a bid to replace high school band and orchestra concert uniforms as part of a planned replacement cycle. (capital outlay)
  • Approved a bid to replace 1,500 Cisco phones in offices and classrooms throughout the district. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved a bid to replace the district’s heavy-duty truck with insulated telescopic/articulating aerial platform lift. (capital outlay)
  • Approved an expenditure not to exceed $525,000 to lease additional district vehicles from Enterprise Fleet Management for 2019-20. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the purchase of white copy paper to replenish the district warehouse supply. (general fund)
  • Approved the purchase of furniture and fixtures to meet the functional and collaborative needs in several support buildings. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the annual renewal of maintenance and licensing for Horizon OneSource software for Food Services. (Food Service fund)
  • Approved the purchase of Kronos time clocks to replace units across the district. (2016 Bond)
  • Approved the purchase of electrical supplies and materials for maintenance, repair and operations as part of normal business for 2019-20. (capital outlay)
  • Approve the purchase of plumbing supplies and materials for maintenance, repair and operations as part of normal business for 2019-20. (capital outlay)
  • Received information about future action items including a government relations contract, student trips, proposals for employee benefit consulting services, and bids for rock salt.
  • Held an executive session to consult with the board’s attorney.

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.