Olathe news briefs

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 20, 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).


Holiday schedule for City offices, libraries, Olathe Community Center
City of Olathe offices will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 23 and remain closed through Monday, Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday.  Trash and recycling collection remain on schedule.

Olathe Public Libraries will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25.

The Olathe Community Center will observe the following hours during the Christmas holiday:

  • Saturday, Dec. 24: Open 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 25: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 26: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The winter break pool schedule and holiday fitness schedule can be viewed at OlatheKS.org. Continue reading

Blair Foundation, Garmin honor Olathe teachers

The Clay Blair Family Foundation, in partnership with Garmin International, publicly recognized teachers in the Olathe Public Schools and St. James Academy in a special ceremony recently.

The Clay Blair Family Foundation generously donated a Garmin vívofit 3 activity tracker to all teachers in the Olathe School District and Saint James Academy, as a way to honor teachers and the efforts they make each day to impact the lives of students.

Clay Blair, a former educator, and his wife Janet, are committed to making a positive impact on teachers in the Olathe Public Schools. Continue reading

Ex-Spring Hill teacher a finalist for Olathe school superintendent

John Allison

John Allison

The Olathe Board of Education has welcomed a finalist for superintendent back to the district on Wednesday, Dec. 14 for a tour and final interview. John Allison, currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Wichita Public Schools, has been named the sole finalist for the Olathe Public Schools superintendent position. The board is expected to vote to finalize the superintendent choice at a special board meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in the Education Center, 14160 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe. The superintendent would officially start on July 1.

Allison has worked in public education for the past 29 years and has served as superintendent in the Wichita Public Schools since 2009. Prior to becoming superintendent for the Wichita Public Schools, Allison served for two years as superintendent of the Mt. Lebanon School District in Pennsylvania. His educational career also includes service as deputy superintendent of the Grapevine-Colleyville School District in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, associate superintendent for education services for the Shawnee Mission School District, and as a middle school and high school building administrator. Continue reading

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