Felter elected Olathe School Board president

LeEtta Felter was elected president of the Olathe Public Schools Board of Education during the group’s regular meeting on July 10. Rick Schier was elected vice president. Other significant roles will be held by Joy Bondurant (clerk), Deb Madden (deputy clerk), Merle Hastert (treasurer), and Michael Norris of Norris & Keplinger, L.L.C. (school district attorney).

Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison shared preliminary budget information with the board. The budget development timeline currently includes publishing the Notice of Hearing on July 19, holding a community budget workshop at 6 p.m. July 31, presenting the proposed budget to the board and holding a public hearing on Aug. 7, adopting the budget on Aug. 7, and certifying the budgets on Aug. 25. Continue reading

Olathe schools champions

The fall sports season was a time for repeat champions as well as first-time title holders. From team sports to individual events, Olathe Public Schools athletes competed well and brought home a total of five 6A state titles.

“During the fall athletic season, we proved once again that Olathe really is the city of champions with our five team and individual state championships,” said Lane Green, director of athletics, activities and drug-free schools. “Olathe high schools won a number of league, sub-state, regional, and sectional championships as well. Now that the fall season has concluded, we look forward to more success during our winter athletic season.”

Olathe East High School won the volleyball championship by defeating Blue Valley Northwest High School in three games: 25-20, 16-25, 25-21. This is East’s first volleyball title, and only the district’s second volleyball championship. Olathe South High School won the title in 2005.

Olathe East High School won the volleyball championship by defeating Blue Valley Northwest High School in three games: 25-20, 16-25, 25-21. This is East’s first volleyball title, and only the district’s second volleyball championship. Olathe South High School won the title in 2005.

Jessie Payne of Olathe Northwest High School captured three gymnastics titles: all-around, uneven parallel bars and vault.

Jessie Payne of Olathe Northwest High School captured three gymnastics titles: all-around, uneven parallel bars and vault. 

Audrey Judd of Olathe Northwest won her second consecutive state golf title. She shot a 1-under-par 71 to win the title in the state tournament in Garden City.

Audrey Judd of Olathe Northwest won her second consecutive state golf title. She shot a 1-under-par 71 to win the title in the state tournament in Garden City.

 

Risk Management on school board Nov. 7 agenda

The Olathe Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, to hear two presentations, one of them focusing on the variety of ways administration handle risk management. The meeting will be held in the Education Center, 14160 Black Bob Road, Olathe.

Risk management involves all areas of the district, from Human Resources to Business and Finance, and centers on identifying and assessing potential risks, then coordinating resources to monitor and minimize those risks. Chief Financial and Operations Officer John Hutchison will present an overview of risk management across the district. Continue reading

Nine Olathe teachers are semifinalists for statewide awards

A district committee has chosen nine highly qualified educators as semifinalists in two statewide award programs. The educators are being considered as district nominees for the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year Award and the 2015 Emporia State University Master Teacher Award.

Elementary Kansas Teacher of the Year semifinalists: Lyndsay Cast, fifth-grade teacher at Bentwood Elementary School; Gayla Posch, fourth-grade teacher at Tomahawk Elementary School; and Betsy Prestridge, fourth-grade teacher at Countryside Elementary School. Continue reading

Family Science Night Nov. 21 at Olathe North

The district’s sixth annual Family Science Night, hosted by Olathe North High School, has something for everyone from second-graders to seniors, as well as parents. The free event will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the school’s north commons area, 600 E. Prairie.

Olathe North science teacher Amy Johnston said there will be exhibits and presentations by representatives from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University science departments, Garmin, Lakeside Nature Center, Science City, Maker Studios, the Kansas City Zoo, Science Pioneers and other science-related groups. Continue reading

First Ethics Conference at Olathe South Nov. 8

The Professional Careers Academy, a 21st Century program located at Olathe South High School, is hosting the inaugural 21st Century Ethics Conference in conjunction with Kansas State University’s Leadership Program.

The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the K-State Innovative Campus, 22201 W. Innovative Drive, in Olathe.

The day will include breakout sessions as well as case-study sessions that center on the role of ethics in school and in the workplace. Continue reading

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