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UPDATED 1/6/12: Olathe Board of Education to Meet Thursday Evening

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The Olathe School District’s Board of Education is scheduled to meet Thursday, Jan. 5, at 6 p.m.

According to the agenda, the board will consider taking action on two items. First, board members are expected to approve a new process for student suspension and expulsion appeal hearings. Second, the board is expected to enter into a new agreement to sell its Millcreek property, 300 E. Park, to Net Giver LLC.

The proposed appeal hearing process appears to be designed to eliminate conflicts of interest for board members who may know students in danger of suspension or expulsion as well as to ensure timely scheduling of hearings.

Olathe’s Millcreek property currently houses a technical education center. However, the district plans to begin building a new state-of-the-art center on the Olathe North campus this summer. Funding from the 2007 bond issue is financing the project. Last year, Net Giver LLC — a not-for-profit that builds affordable senior communities — expressed interest in Millcreek. However, they did not receive expected state funding, and so the deal fell through. This year Net Giver has made another offer on the site.

In other business, board members are expected to approve expenditures allowing district staff to update computer hardware and software and to plan school improvements that will take place over the summer. Also, the board is expected to review suggested legislative positions that will guide district lobbyists during the upcoming session of the Kansas State Legislature, which convenes next Monday, Jan. 9.

Annual replacement of technology equipment such as computers, routers and projectors will cost the district about $4.2 million. Summer improvement projects range from roofing repair and replacement to re-carpeting inside and track resurfacing outside.

Proposed legislative positions place an emphasis on adequate and stable funding for public education, as well as support for the school employee retirement system, so long as it does not negatively impact education.

The Board of Education meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the district’s Education Center; 14160 Black Bob Road; Olathe, KS 66063.

UPDATE 8:14 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012: Board of Education members expressed discomfort with the terms of the offer from Net Giver LLC to purchase the district’s Millcreek property. Superintendent Marlin Berry now has instructions from the board to attempt to renegotiate this real estate transaction.

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JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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