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

MNU AD resigns

Kevin Steele

Kevin Steele

MNU president David Spittal has announced the resignation of Director of Athletics Kevin Steele effective January 2, 2017. Steele, who has held his current position since 2008, resigned to accept a similar position with another university.

“Kevin has provided the university with excellent leadership and under his direction our programs have achieved regional and national recognition,” Spittal stated.  “We appreciate his contributions and the level of excellence that he has established for the future of Pioneer athletics.”

Steele began his administrative career at the University of Oklahoma and prior to MNU, served as athletic director at California Baptist University in Riverside, California.  He has also served in similar positions at Blinn College and Redlands College.  Steele has achieved multiple honors: the 2015 Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics; the 2015-16 Heart of America Conference Athletic Director of the Year; and two Heart of America Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Awards. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Dec. 20

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).

 

City of Olathe holiday schedule
City of Olathe offices will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 23 and remain closed through Monday, Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday.  City offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Trash and recycling collection remain on schedule. Continue reading

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

Early morning fire damages Olathe home

Firefighters responded to a house fire around 2:30 a.m. near 133rd Street and Mur-Len Road. When firefighters arrived smoke was coming from the rear of the home. In the coldest temperatures of the year, firefighters quickly attacked and extinguished the fire. The family of two safely escaped the fire before firefighters arrived.

An investigator is working to determine the cause of the blaze, which appeared to have started near the fireplace. Damage is estimated at $50,000. No injuries were reported. Continue reading

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