Johnson Count Fair ends Aug. 2

Saturday begins with annual parade in downtown Gardner

Click here to see the Johnson County Fair website and the links to the various events.

School construction projects on track

Construction across the district is still underway, but it won’t get in the way of learning. Olathe patrons supported the bond issue in June of 2013 and this summer the district has been busy making the needed facility changes in preparation for school this fall. From aging facility upgrades such as the installation of new floors or new HVAC systems, to construction of new elementary school front entrances configured to include a new secured front entrance with a pinch point, the projects are on track to make great improvements in the Olathe Public Schools. Continue reading

Back-to-school registration underway

One of the activities at Green Springs Elementary’s enrollment day was to check out the “summer selfies” bulletin board and see who went where during summer break.

One of the activities at Green Springs Elementary’s enrollment day was to check out the “summer selfies” bulletin board and see who went where during summer break.

Despite construction projects at many schools and late July being peak summer vacation time, more than 29,000 students registered for school between July 24 and July 30. That number continues to climb daily as families move into the district or return from vacation. The official count date for state reporting purposes is Sept. 20.

On enrollment day, July 24, many families arrived at their schools and saw office staff conducting enrollment in temporary quarters due to construction project enhancements. Frontier Trail Middle School administrators moved their enrollment process next door to the new Technology Support Center while the finishing touches were put on the school. In some schools, they met a new principal for the first time. Continue reading

DUI check lane results

The Olathe Police Department conducted a DUI Check Lane on Friday, July 25th, 2014. The check lane was located at Dennis and Kansas Avenue.

There were 124 motorists contacted at the check lane, 10 of those drivers were tested for impairment. There were 2 drivers arrested for Driving Under the Influence and 1 arrested for Possession of Narcotics. Additionally, there were 23 citations issued for No Driver’s License.

The event was made possible with the cooperative effort of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Police still searching for Olathe man missing since July 2009

Michael Bradyn Fuksa, MPP6The Olathe Police Department is continuing to investigate and seek information on the whereabouts of missing adult, Michael “Bradyn” Fuksa.

Bradyn is now 27 years old. Bradyn was last seen by his family in Olathe in July of 2009. His vehicle was found a few days later abandoned along Interstate 25 between Wheatland and Douglas, Wyoming.

Bradyn is a white male, 6’04” and in 2009 weighed 185 lbs. Bradyn’s hair is curly when it’s long; he has brown eyes.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474- TIPS.

Olathe news briefs for the week of July 28

City Council

The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, August 5, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Beatles tribute band Liverpool closes out Summer Concert Series on August 1

The free Olathe Summer Concert Series promises to end on a high note with Kansas City’s own Liverpool. The sounds of the Beatles will fill Frontier Park on Friday, August 1. Local favorite Last Chance Flight will kick-off the evening at 7 p.m.

Arrive early to claim your favorite spot. At-will donations will be accepted for KidsTLC. Continue reading

Millbrooke Elementary getting set to open

Millbrooke Principal Stephanie Dancso can hardly wait to welcome students and parents into their new school. She and her staff will work daily to fulfill the school’s mission statement: Inspiring lifelong learners to embrace change and create successful futures. Photos by Marlene Colgan, Olathe District Schools

Millbrooke Principal Stephanie Dancso can hardly wait to welcome students and parents into their new school. She and her staff will work daily to fulfill the school’s mission statement: Inspiring lifelong learners to embrace change and create successful futures. Photos by Marlene Colgan, Olathe District Schools

The building of a school involves more than lumber, steel and concrete blocks. Millbrooke Elementary School, opening soon near 119th Street and Lone Elm Road, epitomizes how a school is much more than a building.

A successful school is a community involving staff, parents and students. Principal Stephanie Dancso believes she has the best in all three categories.

In choosing her staff, Dancso said, “I feel like I have the best of the best. This is definitely a dream team. We have an eager, excited and engaged staff of first-year educators and district transfers,” she said.

When it comes to parents, Dancso uses the word “amazing.” The active Parent Teacher Organization will sell spirit wear at enrollment and has already planned a walk-a-thon for late September. Parents eagerly attended meet and greet sessions with Millbrooke staff this spring, and enjoyed voting with their children on the school’s colors and mascot. (Max the Mountain Lion and royal blue, black and silver won easily.) Continue reading

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