Olathe Public Schools

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Message from the Superintendent

December 2022

Olathe families,

I hope you had a wonderful break where you were able to rest and recharge as a family. I know I did. During the break, I reflected on just how truly grateful I am to be the superintendent of Olathe Public Schools. I am grateful for the family and community engagement I am seeing across our district. I am grateful for every single student that attends our schools. Finally, I am grateful for the 5,000+ staff members I work alongside daily to prepare students for their future.

In the days leading up to break, we celebrated American Education Week as a district. This was a time to come together and applaud our staff on the awesome things they do every day to educate students. October and November can be some of the toughest months of the school year, but at each building I have visited in the past few weeks I have left feeling inspired. During American Education Week, we focused on our Points of Pride, a list of 22 facts that make us proud to be Olathe Public Schools. You will read more about that initiative below.

As we finish up first semester, I invite you to partner in your students' education with their teachers and school staff. We are better together. Let's finish strong!


Dr. Brent Yeager

Points of Pride

Olathe Public Schools celebrated American Education Week, Nov. 13-19, by honoring the team of people who work in our district. This includes everyone from bus drivers and classroom teachers to support services workers and administrative staff. It takes all of our staff members to educate the whole child and prepare them for their future.

To find a full list of facts, please visit our district website: https://bit.ly/OPSPointsofPride. These facts are just a small snapshot of the work our staff does on a daily basis to educate our students.

Santa Fe Trail Middle School Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Nov. 17, members of the Olathe Board of Education, city leaders, former OPS superintendent Dr. Ron Wimmer, community partners, as well as Santa Fe Trail Middle School students and administrators gathered for the special groundbreaking ceremony. This project is part of the 2022 Bond to provide an updated facility that better meets the needs of students and provides equal educational opportunities for students through a high-quality learning space.

Originally constructed in 1968, the current Santa Fe Trail building has undergone renovations and additions to maintain the facility. However, in looking at the continued infrastructure challenges, as well as the outdated design, small classroom space and the cost to continue renovating the existing building, a fresh start was the best answer for the Santa Fe Trail community.

The new Santa Fe Trail will be constructed on the existing campus, allowing students and staff to remain in the current facility and continue teaching and learning uninterrupted until the new facility is ready. The estimated timeframe for construction is two years, with a projection of substantial completion around April 2024.

Speakers included Superintendent Dr. Brent Yeager, Board of Education President Shannon Wickliffe, Santa Fe Trail Principal J.J. Libal, and two sixth-grade students who will have the opportunity to attend school in the new building once construction is complete.

Bond 2022 Project Updates

During the December Board of Education meeting, Executive Director of Facilities and Operations Travis Palangi gave updates on the progress of various bond projects.

  • New turf has been installed at Olathe South High School, with crews moving to Olathe West High School to install a new center field owl logo similar to the logo at the other four high schools.
  • Construction has begun at the new Santa Fe Trail Middle School building, with earthwork and site demolition.
  • Vape sensors for all middle schools are being procured and installation will take place during the upcoming Winter Break 2022-23.
  • Scoreboards have been ordered and replacement will take place when equipment has been approved, received and coordinated with spring athletic events at the athletic complexes.

Fall Sports State Champions

Congratulations to our Olathe Public Schools student athletes on winning big at state!

Join the team! (We really need your help.)

Anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of children should consider a rewarding career with the Olathe School District. Flexible schedules and great benefits are two of the many reasons to join Olathe Public Schools!

Great employment opportunities are available in food service (in schools or in the Food Production Center), custodial and maintenance roles, and school-based roles such as paraeducators, aides and clerical. The district’s food service department offers shifts from 30 minutes to two hours each morning, making it a great opportunity for high school students 16 years or older as well as adults who have limited availability.

Anyone interested in making a difference in a child’s life, whether it be serving a meal, assisting students or helping to keep their building clean, is encouraged to view all current job postings or contact Human Resources at 913-780-7000.

Give Us Your Input

Questions, comments or suggestions? Email them to communications@olatheschools.org.