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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