Special Ed services overview on tap for school board meeting

During their regular monthly meeting in January, members of the Olathe Board of Education will hear a presentation on the district’s special education services. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 in the Education Center, 14160 Black Bob Road, Olathe.

The presentation by Director of Special Services Lanie Fasulo and Assistant Superintendent of General Administration Erin Dugan will cover student enrollment, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act categories, staffing, and funding in special services. District programs are provided for students from early childhood through post-secondary. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Jan. 2

City Council
The Olathe City Council will meet Tuesday, Jan. 24, 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).

 

Public invited to annual MLK Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15

Olatheans and residents throughout the Greater Kansas City area are invited to join the Olathe Human Relations Commission (OHRC) to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Sunday, Jan. 15. The annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Olathe Conference Center by Embassy Suites, located at K-10 and Ridgeview Rd. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Appraiser’s office restarts property imaging project

A property imaging project that began in January 2016, and was put on hold because of foliage issues in June, resumes today countywide.

The Appraiser’s Office has contracted Tyler Technologies Inc. to capture high-resolution, street-level photos of the exterior of every county property. Johnson County officials uses the photos to create land record information used in the appraisal process. Continue reading

Seminar Jan. 12 for parents of special needs students

The Olathe Public Schools Special Services Site Council will host a free seminar for parents of students with special education needs. “Guardianship Basics” is the topic of the Jan. 12 meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Instructional Resource Center, 14090 Black Bob Road, Olathe.

Jean Krahn with the Kansas Guardianship Program will help parents become award of guardianship issues once a student reaches the “age of majority.” Her presentation will answer many questions including whether a guardian is really necessary, and how to attain guardianship for a child. Continue reading

Young singers bring holiday songs to school district offices

Being a member of an elementary school chorus is hard work. It takes a lot of practice to get ready for the holiday performance tour which might include up to a half-dozen locations across the city.

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Olathe students, staff receive awards

Olathe East Singers Win Radio Station Contest

The Olathe East High School Madrigal Singers won $5,000 in the recent 99.7 The Point Christmas Choir Competition.

Director of Choral Activities Susan Scheibler recorded her singers performing the Pentatonix version of “Mary, Did You Know?” and submitted it to the radio station’s contest in November. A panel of judges reviewed all of the entries and chose the top eight recordings to play on the air for a week. Listeners and supporters of those schools texted in their votes, which were combined with the judges’ votes. Continue reading

Allison officially hired at Olathe superintendent

In a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 19, the Olathe Board of Education named John Allison the next Superintendent of the Olathe Public Schools. Allison, currently the Superintendent of the Wichita Public Schools, will officially begin his duties in Olathe on July 1.

“It is my honor and privilege to be appointed Superintendent of the Olathe Public Schools,” Allison said. “Olathe is a community that takes great pride in their schools and strives to offer a world-class education for each student. I look forward to working with the Board of Education, staff, students, parents and community to make sure our students are prepared for their future.” Continue reading

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