Three businesses cited for violation

Three local businesses were cited for furnishing alcohol to a minor after the Olathe Police Department’s School Resource Officer Unit conducted alcohol compliance checks throughout Olathe on Oct. 20.

Out of 51 establishments checked, 48 complied by asking for ID.

The businesses were not named.

These compliance checks focused on establishments that sell alcohol. The purpose of the operation was to insure that these establishments are checking customer’s identification and not selling alcohol to under-aged individuals. Continue reading

MNU choir concert Nov. 2

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents the MNU choirs with orchestra in Great Choral Masterworks, a concert on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Bell Cultural Events Center, 2030 E. College Way, Olathe, Kansas.

Heritage Choir, Concert Choir and Symphonic Choir with orchestra, conducted by Dr. John Leavitt, professor of music and director of choirs, will present some of music’s most beloved choruses. Music by Bach, Mozart, Handel, and Franck will be presented. The Summit Christian Academy (Lee Summit, Missouri) High School Chamber Ensemble will join the MNU choirs in selections from Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”

Free tickets are available at bellcenter.mnu.edu or by calling Bell Cultural Events Center’s Box Office at (913)-971-3636.

Olathe news briefs for the week of Oct. 20

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. The meeting time is moved up to accommodate the first game of the World Series. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Take the Crown Rally tonight
Let’s go Royals! Let’s go Olathe! Help pack the gym at the Olathe Community Center (OCC), 1205 E. Kansas City Road, on Monday, Oct. 20, to send the Royals a good luck message from Olathe. Arrive in your Royals gear and bring your hand-made signs to the OCC at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., we will record a fun message to post throughout the World Series. Prizes, including American League Championship Series (ALCS) gear and more, will be given to the best fan wear and sign in youth and adult divisions. Watch Parks and Recreation Facebook and Twitter pages for special announcements on prizes throughout the day! Continue reading

Royals rally Oct. 20 at community center

royals rally

District celebrates Principals Month

Creating a culture of innovation and climate of caring, providing unwavering support, serving as instructional leaders and setting high expectations for students are important ways principals make an impact on education in Olathe Public Schools. October is National Principals Month to celebrate the work of principals across the nation’s schools.

“We are so blessed to have remarkable principals here in the Olathe School District,” Board of Education President LeEtta Felter said. “Our principals set the tone and tenor of our schools and create the exceptional educational culture we experience here in Olathe Public Schools. Effectively leading our excellent teachers and staff to meet the academic, physical, social, safety and emotional needs of our students requires creative and intentional management strategies. Olathe Public Schools continues to be the driving force behind the continual growth in our community. Families move to our community because they want their children to attend our schools!” Continue reading

School board, ONEA reach pact agreement

The Olathe Public Schools and the Olathe National Education Association have reached a contract agreement for the 2014-15 school year. The Board of Education approved the agreement at its meeting on Oct. 2 and teachers ratified the contract on Oct. 9.

The agreement includes a 1.5 percent enhancement in salaries. The 1.5 percent increase will be applied to licensed/certified employees, as well as classified employees. The district will also be absorbing approximately 75 percent of any health benefit cost increases, according to the agreement. Using the Professional Council collaborative process, agreement was also reached on other policy language and working condition items.

“I am pleased we have an agreement. Our staff members deserve a better increase but we are still very financially challenged with overall school funding in Kansas,” Superintendent Marlin Berry said.

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Jenny Lind maplewood headboard, footboard, with rails and slats from my mom’s estate sale; $100. Contact chuck.kurtz@sbcglobal.net

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