Olathe news briefs for the week of April 6

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, April 7, 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).  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

The City of Olathe needs your water pledge!
The City of Olathe has joined the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a friendly competition between cities across the United States, held April 1-30, to see who can be the most “water wise.”  Mayors and civic leaders nationwide have challenged residents to conserve water on behalf of their city in an effort to drastically decrease water and energy use across the country. Continue reading

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Olathe students receive awards

Dahl Wins Grand Award at Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair

Andrea Dahl, a sophomore at Olathe North High School, has won the grand award at the 2015 Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair for the second year in a row.

Dahl studied Antarctic penguins for her project, seeing how the calls made by birds in different colonies varied by how far the colonies were from each other.

She has earned an all-expense paid trip to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May. Continue reading

North student is Coca-Cola scholar

Cooper Yerby

Cooper Yerby

Cooper Yerby, a senior at Olathe North High School, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. As a member of the 27th class of Coca Cola Scholars, Yerby has demonstrated superior leadership and dedication to his community and was selected from a pool of nearly 103,000 initial applicants.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. Including the 2015 class of Coca Cola Scholars, the Foundation has awarded nearly 5,600 Coca Cola Scholars with a total of $56.3 million in scholarships. Continue reading

School board meeting results

A $244.8 million bond issue approved by district voters in summer 2013 continues to have great impact on Olathe schools and students. Board of Education members listened to a presentation about summer construction and safety and security projects during their meeting on April 2.

Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison and Assistant Superintendent Erin Dugan described the wide scope of these projects planned for summer, as well as those bond projects that have been completed. Bond 2013 had four threads: Growth, Safety and Security, Technology and Aging Facilities.

Hutchison shared that in the Growth category of bond funds, the district has purchased land for a sixth high school and is currently constructing a fifth high school, located near Santa Fe and Hedge Lane, which will open in 2017. Continue reading


Fear, Snakes, Boneheads, and Vaccination Theology

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Odd to read about “religious freedom” proposals in a nation that guarantees religious freedom. Unless there’s another agenda or something.

Those who want me to hear about their religious principles never seem interested in hearing about mine. This may be just a coincidence.

“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist.”

— from the 2013 film, After Earth Continue reading

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