Olathe School District

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Olathe Unified School District
Olathe USD 233 logo.png
Students Prepared for Their Future.
Type and location
Type Local public school district
Grades Pre-K-12
Established 1965 (1965)
Location Olathe, Kansas
District information
Superintendent Marlin Berry
Accreditation(s) Kansas State Department of Education
Budget $232,386,058
District ID 2010140[1]
Students and staff
Students 28,872
Teachers 1859.4 FTE
Staff 1711.1 FTE
Other information
Website www.olatheschools.com

The Olathe Unified School District (Kansas Unified School District 233) is one of the major school districts in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and the second largest school district in the state of Kansas. There are nearly 29,000 students enrolled in the district, which currently operates 4 high schools, 9 middle schools, and 34 elementary schools, as well as a number of additional educational and support facilities.

History[edit]

The district was created in 1965 from the consolidation of the Countryside, Meadowlane, Mount Zion, Olathe, and Pleasant View districts. Wayne Fick became the first superintendent of the newly unified district. At the time of its creation, there were 3687 students attending a single high school, junior high school, and 5 elementary schools.

M.L. Winters was named superintendent in 1968, and served in that role for 23 years until 1991 - the longest tenure of any superintendent in Olathe history. During that time, district enrollment increased from 4433 to 15,357 students, and 22 new facilities were constructed or rebuilt. The district continued to grow at a rapid pace under the leadership of superintendents Ron Wimmer (1991-2005) and Patricia All (2005-2010), and Marlin Berry (2010-). In 2010, the district recorded an official enrollment of 27,999, becoming the second largest school district in Kansas.

Beginning in 2009, the district launched a new K-5, 6-8, 9-12 grade configuration. Prior to this time, students in grades 10-12 were assigned to high schools, grades 7-9 to junior high schools, and grades K-6 in elementary schools. As part of this transition, all junior highs were rebranded as middle schools. The transition to this new configuration was completed in 2011. [2] [3]

Demographics[edit]

As of September 2012, there were 28,872 students enrolled in the school district, which is operated by 4442 staff/faculty. The vast majority (83.2%) of students are drawn from Olathe, Kansas with the remainder of students living in the neighboring cities of Overland Park (10.1%), Lenexa (5.9%), Shawnee (0.1%), unincorporated areas of Johnson County, Kansas (0.3%), or outside the district (0.4%). The general population of the district boundaries is 158,000, with a median age of 33.2 years old.

The district has a high school graduation rate of 92.9%, with average class sizes as follows:

  • Elementary Schools: 20.5
  • Middle Schools: 22.0
  • High Schools: 25.5

Racially/ethnically, the student body is predominantly (71.4%) White/Caucasian. The largest minority groups are Hispanic/Latino (13.3%), Black/African American (7%), and Asian (4.6%).[3][4]

Leadership[edit]

In 2010, Dr. Marlin Berry was appointed as district superintendent, replacing outgoing superintendent Patricia All. Dr. Alison Banikowski and Dr. Erin Dugan serve as deputy and assistant superintendents, respectively.[5]

The Olathe Board of Education is currently composed of the following members (term and district):[6]

  • Debora Daniels, President (2011–15, District 1)
  • LeEtta Felter, Vice President (2011–15, District 1)
  • Amy Martin (2013–17, District 2)
  • Rick Schier (2011–15, District 2)
  • Brent McCune (2013–17, District 3)
  • Mike Poland (2013–17, District 3)
  • Harlan Parker (2011–15, At Large)

Facilities[edit]

High Schools[3][7]
Name Date Opened Enrollment (As of 2012)
Olathe East High School 1992 (1992) 2045
Olathe North High School (originally Olathe High School) 1958 (1958) 1926
Olathe Northwest High School 2003 (2003) 1729
Olathe South High School 1981 (1981) 2005
Middle Schools[3][7]
Name Date Opened Enrollment (As of 2012)
California Trail Middle School 1996 (1996) 933
Chisholm Trail Middle School 2000 (2000) 703
Frontier Trail Middle School 1989 (1989) 802
Indian Trail Middle School 1981 (1981) 709
Mission Trail Middle School 2010 (2010) 652
Oregon Trail Middle School 1976 (1976) 437
Pioneer Trail Middle School 1986 (1986) 707
Prairie Trail Middle School 2004 (2004) 687
Santa Fe Trail Middle School 1968 (1968) 634
Elementary Schools[3][7]
Name Date Opened Enrollment (As of 2012)
Arbor Creek Elementary School 2002 (2002) 613
Bentwood Elementary School 1996 (1996) 366
Black Bob Elementary School 1978 (1978) 310
Briarwood Elementary School 1988 (1988) 197
Brougham Elementary School 1985 (1985) 428
Cedar Creek Elementary School 1997 (1997) 490
Central Elementary School 1952 (1952) (originally opened in 1882) 269
Clearwater Creek Elementary School 2004 (2004) 384
Countryside Elementary School 1988 (1988) 415
Fairview Elementary School 1964 (1964) 321
Forest View Elementary School 2009 (2009) 377
Green Springs Elementary School 1991 (1991) 319
Havencroft Elementary School 1972 (1972) 271
Heatherstone Elementary School 1995 (1995) 477
Heritage Elementary School 1988 (1988) 335
Indian Creek Elementary School 1985 (1985) 444
Madison Place Elementary School 2007 (2007) 488
Mahaffie Elementary School 1991 (1991) 401
Manchester Park Elementary School 2004 (2004) 627
Meadow Lane Elementary School 1953 (1953) 374
Northview Elementary School 1967 (1967) 261
Pleasant Ridge Elementary School 1991 (1991) 365
Prairie Center Elementary School 1980 (1980) 351
Ravenwood Elementary School 2005 (2005) 601
Regency Place Elementary School 1999 (1999) 586
Ridgeview Elementary School 1956 (1956) 261
Rolling Ridge Elementary School 1972 (1972) 400
Scarborough Elementary School 1977 (1977) 344
Sunnyside Elementary School 2000 (2000) 560
Tomahawk Elementary School 1980 (1980) 358
Walnut Grove Elementary School 1985 (1985) 375
Washington Elementary School 1975 (1975) (originally opened in 1889) 443
Westview Elementary School 1954 (1954) 241
Woodland Elementary School 2008 (2008) 392
Specialty Schools[3][7]
Name Role/Purpose Date Opened Enrollment (As of 2012)
Harmony Early Childhood Center Preschool 2006 (2006) 155
Heartland Early Childhood Center (originally Heartland Developmental Learning Center) Preschool 1976 (1976) 81
Johnson County Juvenile Hall Educational Program Juvenile Detention 67
Olathe Advanced Technical Center Vocational school
Prairie Learning Center 2007
Other Facilities[3]
Name Role/Purpose Date Opened
College Boulevard Activity Center Student Athletics 2003 (2003)
District Education Center 1996 (1996)
Food Production Center 1990 (1990)
Instructional Resource Center 1989 (1989)
Lone Elm Service Center 2004 (2004)
North Lindenwood Support Center 1987 (1987)
Olathe District Activity Center Student Athletics 1991 (1991)
Operations Service Center 1985 (1985)
West Dennis Support Center 1983 (1983) (originally opened in 1966)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Olathe". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved Aug 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "USD 233 Olathe Public Schools History" (PDF). Olathe Public Schools USD 233. Retrieved 17 Aug 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Growth and Facilities Impact Report" (PDF). Olathe Public Schools USD 233. Retrieved 17 Aug 2013. 
  4. ^ "USD 233 Olathe Public Schools District Overview" (PDF). Olathe Public Schools USD 233. Retrieved 17 Aug 2013. 
  5. ^ "Administrators". Olathe Public Schools USD 233. Retrieved 17 Aug 2013. 
  6. ^ "Meet Our Board of Education". Olathe Public Schools USD 233. Retrieved 17 Aug 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Enrollment Report". Olathe Public Schools USD 233. Retrieved 17 Aug 2013. 

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