Johnson County Gateway Project

A YouTube view of how it’s going to look when completed.

Voters pass LOB issues in Johnson County

The Olathe Public Schools mail-in ballot for the Local Option Budget passed today with 79.2 percent of the vote, according to the Johnson County Election Office.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of the election,” Superintendent Marlin Berry said. “Our community has always been supportive of our schools and district and for that I am thankful.”

The Local Option Budget is a no-tax increase proposal that will have a positive impact on every school in the district. The LOB is locally raised funds that can be used for operating expenses, such as salaries and other classroom expenses. 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.

 

Concert set at MNU Dec. 8

Celebrate the joy of God’s special gift: the birth of Jesus our Savior in story and song at Christmas Joy, a MidAmerica Nazarene Choir concert. Special music will include holiday favorites, “Carol of the Bells,” “O Holy Night,” and Kirby Shaw’s “Go Tell it On the Mountain.”

The concert will be presented, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in Bell Cultural Events Center on MNU’s Olathe campus, 2030 E. College Way.

Featuring Heritage Choir, Concert Choir, and Symphonic Choir conducted by Dr. John Leavitt, director of choirs and MNU professor of music, you won’t want to miss this inspirational annual tradition!

Tickets are $5 and are available by calling Bell Cultural Events Center Box Office at (913) 971-3636.

 

Mock tornado to strike Olathe Nov. 14

Participants finishing Community Emergency Response Team training will be put to the test when a simulated tornado strikes Olathe on Thursday, November 14 at 7 pm at Olathe Fire Administration (1225 S. Hamilton Circle). Trained by firefighters, CERT students from local neighborhoods will react to this disaster scenario as part of their final exam. Continue reading

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

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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