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8-6-21 — August 2021 Board Meeting Review

Aug. 6, 2021 ~ The Olathe Board of Education met Aug. 5 for its regular monthly meeting. The board’s first topic after lengthy public comments was COVID-19 mitigation procedures for the upcoming school year.

Deputy Superintendent John Hutchison and Executive Director of Special Services Anjanette Tolman provided an update on COVID-19 in the community and district mitigation practices including enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices, HVAC adjustments to include increased outside air exchange and enhanced filtering, as well as frequent handwashing, and self-monitoring for illness and staying home when sick. Tolman also shared a summary of how exclusion and quarantines are handled in the district.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved a Public Safety Order on Aug. 5 that requires any school with students in sixth grade and younger to require masks or face coverings, effective Aug. 9. The Board of Education voted to extend this health order through grade 12. For the Olathe Public Schools, this means that in any district building where students are present, all students, staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering. This applies to all students, staff and visitors in those buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

Additionally, all bus riders or students on district-provided transportation at all levels will be required to wear a mask or face covering while riding, per federal mandate.

Early Childhood Professional Learning

Director of Early Childhood Kim Hawkins updated board members on the professional learning focus areas for early childhood educators. The focus areas include foundations of early literacy, professional learning communities, and early learning coaching.

District Strategic Goals

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Tim Reves gave an overview of the district’s updated Strategic Plan. He highlighted goal areas that align with the Portrait of a Graduate, and spoke about efforts in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Budget Development Update

Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations John Hutchison shared preliminary budget information with the board for further guidance on accessing available funding authority and levy considerations.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a consent agenda including meeting minutes, financial and accounts payable reports; human resources report; board policy revisions; professional training from the Teachers College of Reading and Writing Project; purchase of the Gizmos online high school interactive science simulation resource; and subscription for the Amira reading and dyslexia screening assessment tool.
  • Approved the purchase of bulk road salt and snow removal services. (capital outlay)
  • Approved the payment of consulting fees to E-Rate Solutions. (general fund)
  • Approved the annual agreement for security guard services for the district’s five high schools. (general fund)
  • Approved the renewal of the NWEA Measure of Academic Progress assessment tool. (capital outlay)
  • Approved holding the Sept. 2 board meeting at the Education Center instead of the previously approved special location of Canyon Creek Elementary.
  • Approved the board member assignments to various committees and site councils for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Approved the notice of hearing for publication of the fiscal year 2022 budget. The hearing will be at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 2. (Postponed. New date to be determined.)
  • Approved the notice of hearing to consider exceeding the revenue neutral rate in levying taxes in support of the fiscal year 2022 budget. The hearing will be at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 2. (Postponed. New date to be determined.)
  • Received information on future action items including the annual software maintenance and licensing for the district’s OnBase imaging system, and board policy revisions.
  • Held an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.
  • Held an executive session to discuss the potential of acquiring real property. The board returned from executive session to approve the purchase of real property.

The complete agenda is available by visiting the BoardDocs website.