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Friday, December 23, 2011

Olathe School District board members learned recently that the $5.4 million dollar Technical Education Center planned to be on the Olathe North High School campus will break ground by the summer of 2012.

Olathe School District board members learned recently that the $5.4 million dollar Technical Education Center planned to be on the Olathe North High School campus will break ground by the summer of 2012.

The Technical Education Center will be a 35,600 square foot one story building. It will house a state-of-the-art shop for students to learn welding, auto technology and auto collision. 
The new Technical Education Center will be a drastic change from the current Millcreek Center, which includes a former school and metal shed in downtown Olathe.



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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Congratulations to Sunflower Elementary School for Receiving a National Blue Ribbon Honor


Congratulations to Sunflower Elementary School for Receiving a National Blue Ribbon Honor. Sunflower Elementary is the first National Blue Ribbon Award winner from the Gardner - Edgerton USD 231 School District.


Sunflower Elementary is on the North end of Gardner on Gardner/Center Road. 



Article from the AP:
TOPEKA | The U.S. Department of Education is recognizing five Kansas schools for academic excellence and closing achievement gaps between disadvantaged students and others.
The state's National Blue Ribbon Schools are Louisburg High School, MacArthur Elementary School in Liberal, Oswego High School, Sunflower Elementary School in Gardner and Union Valley Elementary School in Buhler.
They were among 304 schools nationwide — 255 public and 49 private — to receive the honor for 2011. They will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 14-15 in Washington, D.C.
Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker says the schools are to be commended for demonstrating "consistent focus, hard work and commitment."


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Shawnee Mission School Board increases fees to high school students

The Shawnee Mission School Board in Johnson County, KS. passed a measure to merge two fees, which would require each high school student to pay a yearly $90 activity fee.
At Monday night's meeting Superintendent Gene Johnson introduced a new mandatory participation and activity fee for every student.
The new fee would be mandatory for all high school students in the district. Superintendent Gene Johnson  recommended a $90 high school participation fee at Monday night's monthly school board meeting.
The Shawnee Mission School district already has a $40 activity fee and the district recently approved a new $50 fee. Johnson now wants to merge the two fees so that they are paid by all students whether they attend or participate in extracurricular activities.
Looking at the similar fees around the area, Lawrence charges students $50, Blue Valley $120 and Bonner Springs $200.


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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Which school district is the most honest in Kansas City? Olathe School gets kudos from me!

Article and report from Maria Antonia from KMBC:

KMBC's Maria Antonia went shopping Tuesday for the items on five school districts require their students to buy. The amounts range from $25.39 to $49.75 before taxes.

The Kansas City District's kindergartners need pay just $25.39, which was the cheapest. Next up was the Blue Valley School District at $25.85.

Slightly more expensive was a Liberty elementary school, which saw a bill totaling $29.51. Parents of kindergartners in the Independence School District should expect to pay $37.56.
And the most expensive was the Olathe School District. The cost was $49.75, but that includes a backpack.

Most districts include items like sticky notes, whiteboard markers and plastic sandwich bags on their lists. Antonia reports that districts ask for these items to help cut the costs that teachers pay out of their own pockets for classroom supplies.

My view:
After reading this article and discussing with my wife who happens to be a school teacher, I picked up on a different idea. It seems to me that the Olathe School District is the only school district that accurately reported the true cost to Maria Antonia.

If you're like me, you hate surprises. If you're hunting for school supplies, you want to start with a budget, right? Now lets say you're one of the other school districts like the Blue Valley School District and budgeted for each one of your 5 kids $25.85.

Now you get to your local store and find out that the list was incomplete and now your expenses are $49.75 per kid. That may be a big surprise to most people, right?

I reviewed the supplies list from some school districts and noticed items missing. Shouldn't the Olathe School District be commended for accurately reporting the true cost to the parents?

I give the Olathe School District kudos for being honest and accurately reporting the true supplies cost.


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Friday, March 12, 2010

Kansas City, Missouri school board OKs plan to close nearly half of schools

Kansas City, Missouri school superintendent, John Covington proposed the 'Right-Size' plan arguing that the financial future of the entire school district was at stake. The plan shutters 28 of Kansas City's 61 public schools, cuts 700 jobs and saves $50 million to help reduce a burgeoning deficit.

Since hearing of the school closings, I have just heard that the plan to close the schools is by next school year. That means a junior in a high school from a school closing will have to graduate from a new high school.

Also in the plan is the middle schools will be closing. The plan is for middle school students to attend high schools.

For more information, go to: Kansas City board OKs plan to close nearly half of schools

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Aggressive vaccine program may have worked in Johnson County, Kansas

Recently the Johnson County, Kansas Health Department held an appreciation breakfast for the six county school districts including the Olathe School District and Blue Valley School District for partnering in the administering of the H1N1 vaccine. By February, 42.6% of the 109,221 vaccines were administered through the school districts.

Earlier in the year, the Olathe School District saw about 700 cases of flu in one week, said Cindy Galemore, director of health services. Lately the district has seen about 40 cases a week of influenza reported, she said."

Blue valley and Shawnee Mission schools have also seen less kids missing school.

I read this morning that other areas that didn't have an vaccine program in the schools have seen significant absentees so far in 2010.

Since we are in the middle of the flu season, it looks like the aggressive vaccine program may have worked in Johnson County, Kansas.


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