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Building Project, Policy & Police on Olathe School Board Agenda

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Olathe School District’s Board of Education will meet Thursday, June 7, at 6 p.m.

In addition to routine agenda items — such as purchasing textbooks and considering a request for an electrical easement — board members have a full schedule. They will oversee construction projects financed by the school bond sales, review administration’s request to modify a district policy and consider renewing of a contract with the City of Olathe that places police in the secondary schools.

Olathe’s construction manager, Greg Thomason, is recommending that the board select the lowest bidder to design the district’s new technology support building. Six architectural and engineering firms submitted proposals, and the school board conducted interviews with representatives of the three lowest bidders. School bond funds approved by voters will pay for construction. In addition, the board will consider adding on to the Food Production Center. Although the district had not planned to expand the dry and frozen storage areas quite so soon, Thomason says it would make sense to do so during construction of the technology center.

Also this evening, district administrators will ask the board to modify its policy regarding homeless students. Revised language would allow the assistant superintendent of general administration to designate the staff member charged with overseeing provisions of this policy. And the assistant superintendent, Erin Dugan, is requesting permission to appoint Larry Katzif, director of student and community development.

In addition, board members will consider renewing a contract with the City of Olathe. The contract places a supervisor and 10 full-time police officers — known as School Resource Officers (SROs) — into all secondary schools and the Claire Learning Center.  If the board approves the contract, the officers would receive small raises.

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.

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About jwmartinez

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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