Olathe school board approves June bond election

The Olathe Board of Education at a special meeting Monday night, March 25, unanimously voted to move forward with a $244.8 million bond election.

Registered voters who live within the Olathe School District boundaries will be able to vote in a June mail-in election that would help the district address its growth, safety and security, technology, and aging facility needs. Continue reading

Google Fiber-Overland Park in negotiations

When the Olathe City Council announced on March 19 that it had reached an agreement with Google Fiber so the company could bring its high-speed Internet service to Olathe, some observers publicly questioned why the mega Internet provider didn’t connect with Overland Park to become the first major city in Johnson County to get its services.

Well, apparently it has been talking to OP officials.

When asked whether Overland Park was left out in the cold, the city’s communications manager and PIO Sean Reilly said this, “The city has expressed its interest in Google offering its services in the city, and the city is continuing to pursue those services with enthusiasm.” Continue reading

Free Olathe Kids Fishing Derby date

The 32nd Annual Free Olathe Kids Fishing Derby has been scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 15, at Cedar Lake Park, south of 151st Street on Lone Elm Road, Olathe.

Registration begins at 7:30.

Registered participants receive a free T-shirt, goodie bag, and worms while supplies last. Everyone in attendance receives a free hot dog lunch with chips and water.

Five trophies are awarded to participants in various age groups and gender categories. Prizes are awarded based on random drawing from the registration numbers.

The event is sponsored by several groups, businesses and organization in cooperation and partnership with the Olathe Parks and Recreation Department.


Google’s high-speed Internet might be slow to arrive


That’s the impression Google Fiber‘s Internet speed had on Erin Vader, Olathe’s communication and public engagement manager, when she first watched a demonstration from Google’s office in Kansas City, Kan.

“I thought it would be just another Internet provider coming to the city,” she said. “But until you see it…it’s pretty amazing how fast it is; it’s just like watching TV. Right now, sometimes it can take awhile to upload information, like videos: it stops and loads and stops and loads. With Google Fiber, we were watching like five or six YouTube videos and doing other things all at the same time with no breaks.” Continue reading

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