Early morning fire damages Olathe home

Firefighters responded to a house fire around 2:30 a.m. near 133rd Street and Mur-Len Road. When firefighters arrived smoke was coming from the rear of the home. In the coldest temperatures of the year, firefighters quickly attacked and extinguished the fire. The family of two safely escaped the fire before firefighters arrived.

An investigator is working to determine the cause of the blaze, which appeared to have started near the fireplace. Damage is estimated at $50,000. No injuries were reported. Continue reading

Soccer honor for East’s Stone

From the Olathe School District

Griffin Stone

Griffin Stone

Olathe East High School senior Griffin Stone was named to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Fall High School Boys All-America Team. The awards program recognizes the best high school soccer players in the nation. He has been invited to attend the annual NSCAA All-America Luncheon in Los Angeles in January.

In addition, he was selected to play in the sixth annual High School All-America Soccer game on Dec. 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, making him one of 40 of the nation’s elite boys soccer players from across the United States

“Olathe East congratulates Griffin on his outstanding accomplishments – he has given his heart and soul to the Olathe East soccer program, and he has truly earned the title of ‘All-American’,” Athletic Director Amanda Faunce said. “Griffin is a true competitor and teammate (which you could see at every practice and at every game) and he has demonstrated the utmost respect for the game and his command of his teammates to hold the same. Griffin has the ability to lift up others and make the team more important than himself, and you will always see him upbeat and positive towards others, never giving in, regardless of the situation. It has been a privilege to have Griffin as a member of Hawk Nation and we could not be more proud of him.”

Old high school/junior high getting a facelift

From the Olathe School District

Exciting changes are happening in downtown Olathe. In the same location that education in Olathe began in 1868, a new chapter will soon begin. The district has begun the renovation of the Millcreek Center, 150 S. Water Street, which includes the repurposing of the three existing buildings, including the former John P. St. John Memorial High School. This renovation will allow for the creation of new education and program spaces needed for the district.

When the new Olathe High School (now Olathe North) opened in 1957, the John P. St. John facility became the Olathe Junior High School until the late 1960s when it was renamed Millbrooke Junior High School after the opening of Santa Fe Trail Junior High school. Continue reading

Kindergarten Round-Up set for Feb. 23

From the Olathe School District

All elementary schools in the Olathe School District will hold the 2017 Kindergarten Round-Up from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Current kindergarten students will not have class that day.

“This will be our third year to have round-up on a single day,” Executive Director of General Administration/ Elementary Programs Dr. Brent Yeager said. “Parents appreciated the straightforward schedule of one day and time for Kindergarten Round-Up.” Continue reading

School board gets update on Olathe West High School

From the Olathe School District

The Olathe Board of Education met Dec. 1 to hear three in-depth presentations, one of them being an update on the status of Olathe West High School. The district’s fifth high school will open in August 2017 at 2200 W. Santa Fe Street.

Assistant Superintendent of General Administration Erin Dugan, Executive Director of General Administration/Secondary Programs Jim McMullen, and Director of Secondary Certified Personnel Steve Massey provided board members with the latest information on enrollment, staffing, athletics and activities, 21st Century Academies, and planned professional development for Olathe West. Continue reading

Watch what you heat!

From the Olathe Fire Department:

Heating is the second leading cause of “residential building fires” in the US, according to the United States Fire Administration. As cold air blankets the metro, be sure to watch what you heat with these tips:

·        Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters.

·        Have heating equipment – such as furnaces, fireplaces and wood stoves – regularly inspected by a qualified professional.

·        Turn space heaters off and unplug them before leaving the room or sleeping.

·        Check your home’s smoke alarms by simply pressing the test button.

See these tips in this video from 2010: https://goo.gl/vSwIZJ.

Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 5

Olathe billed as one of America’s 50 Best Cities to Live

24/7 Wall St. recently named Olathe one of America’s Best Cities to Live. Olathe was tapped as the 11th best city on the list of 50. 24/7 Wall St. credited Olathe for a low poverty rate, a low crime rate, and a strong income to home value ratio. Olathe was the only city in Kansas and one of only two in the Kansas City metropolitan area, along with Lee’s Summit, Mo., to make the list. Broomfield, Colo. topped the list.


City of Olathe accepting applications for 2017 Civic Academy

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Olathe Civic Academy. Ten interactive sessions will allow participants to: Continue reading

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