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School board meeting preview

During their regular meeting on April 2, Olathe Board of Education members will receive an update on several summer construction projects and safety and security initiatives funded by the 2013 bond issue. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Education Center, 14160 Black Bob Road, Olathe.

Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison and Assistant Superintendent Erin Dugan will update board members on the wide scope of these projects planned for summer.

In another presentation to the board, Olathe NEA President Calin Kendall and Ken Gandy, the district’s nominee for Kansas Teacher of the Year, will show some of the many ways teachers make a difference in students’ lives. Continue reading

Northwest teacher picked for Hall of Fame

Susan Rippe

Susan Rippe

Susan Rippe, a teacher at Olathe Northwest High School, has been selected for representation into The National Teachers Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2015. She is one of five teachers around the country to be chosen for the honor.

Rippe is currently an 11th- and 12th-grade college biology teacher. From 2003 through 2008 she taught 10th-grade students aerospace and engineering chemistry at Olathe Northwest. Prior to that, she taught in the Wichita School District. She has been a teacher for 32 years. In 2000 she received the Kansas Teacher of the Year. Continue reading

Gardner woman failed to obey police commands

The Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team (OISIT) continues the investigation regarding the Gardner Police Department officer involved shooting. The Johnson County Crime Lab completed processing the scene on Saturday March 28 and released the residence back to the homeowner.

The Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team (OISIT) has worked 50 leads to this point in the investigation and approximately 400 hours on this investigation. This is the 12th time the OISIT has been activated since 2005.

Evidence that has been collected and reviewed up to this point indicates that the deceased party failed to follow officer’s verbal commands involving a handgun. Officers fired their weapons striking her.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

DUI check lane set for Friday night, April 3

The Olathe Police Department will conduct a DUI Check Lane from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday, April 3.

During the course of this check lane, all motorists in the designated area will be contacted in an effort to look for signs of impairment. Those drivers who are in violation of the intoxicating liquor laws will be arrested.

The Olathe Police Department, in conjunction with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, conduct annual check lanes as part of the Impaired Driving Deterrence Program, administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

These check lanes are made possible by mutual aide efforts between local Johnson County Municipal agencies, the Johnson County Sheriff and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Educational literature regarding drinking and driving will be handed out.

Officials expand TB probe at Northwest

State and local health department officials are continuing their tuberculosis (TB) investigation at Olathe Northwest High School.

As part of the ongoing investigation, health officials identified a list of approximately 75 additional school contacts of the one student with active TB disease and will offer testing to this group on April 8. Results from the initial testing of more than 300 individuals on March 11 showed 27 individuals with TB infection, which is not contagious. Continue reading

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