Olathe Public Schools USD 233, Kansas

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Olathe Public Schools USD 233
Olathe, Kansas
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District Profile
Superintendent:Marlin Berry
Enrollment:28,182 students
Graduation rate:92.9%[1]
Number of schools:47
Budget: $308.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:LeEtta Felter
Board members:7
Term length:4
Olathe School District USD 233 is a school district in Kansas that served 28,182 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the second-largest by enrollment in the state of Kansas.

About the district

Olathe Public Schools USD 233 is located in Johnson County, Kansas
Olathe Public Schools USD 233 is located in Johnson County, Kansas. The county seat of Johnson County is Olathe. Johnson County is home to 566,933 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Johnson County outperformed the rest of Kansas in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 51.7 percent of Johnson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.3 percent for Kansas as a whole. The median household income in Johnson County was $74,717 compared to $51,332 for the state of Kansas. The poverty rate in Johnson County was 6.5 percent compared to 13.7 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Johnson County (%) Kansas (%)
White 87.8 87.1
Black or African American 4.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.2
Asian 4.6 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.4 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Johnson County[4]
Year Republican Vote Democratic Vote
2012 158,401 110526
2008 152,627 127,091
2004 158,103 97,866
2000 129,965 79,118

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]


The superintendent of Olathe Public Schools is Marlin Berry. Serving as superintendent since 2010, Berry was named as superintendent of the year by the Kansas School Superintendents' Association in 2013. Berry first joined the district in 2007 as assistant superintendent. He graduated from Topeka West High School, earned a bachelor’s degree and Ed.D. in education policy and administration at the University of Kansas and master's in education administration from Emporia State University.[6]

School board

Olathe Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board elected to four-year terms.[7]

Olathe Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Debora Daniels 1 2015
LeEtta Felter 1 2011 2015
Amy Martin 2 2017
Rick Schier 2 2011 2015
Mike Poland 3 2017
Brent McCune 3 2013 2017
Harlan Parker At-large 1999 2015

School board elections

Members of the Olathe Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every odd-numbered year. Four years are up for election in 2015 and three seats are up for election in 2017.[8]

Public participation in board meetings

The Olathe Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:


The general public shall be invited to attend all board meetings, except executive sessions. K.S.A. 72-8205

Any patron wishing to speak to the board is encouraged to notify the clerk of the board five (5) days prior to the meeting and state the reason(s) for the request. The superintendent shall determine whether said request can be solved by the staff without appearance of the patron before the board. If not, the superintendent shall place the patron’s request on the agenda of the next regular board meeting.

At each meeting of the board, the president or the presiding officer of the board shall welcome all visitors to the board meeting.

The primary role of a Board of Education is to transact the business of the school district. The board recognizes its responsibility for proper governance, and therefore the need to conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner. The board therefore establishes the following procedures to receive input from the public:

1. Individuals wishing to address the board are requested to contact the clerk of the board prior to 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting giving name, address, and subject to be addressed or individuals are requested to complete a form provided by the clerk and return the form to the clerk prior to the start of the meeting.
2. The board president shall be responsible for recognizing any speaker, maintaining proper order, and adhering to any time limit set. The president may interrupt or terminate any individual’s statement if it is disruptive, not germane to the business activities of the board, or in violation of Kansas Statutes regarding meetings or activities of the board.
3. If necessary and this shall be at the discretion of the board president, the board president shall set a time limit on the length of the public participation period. Unless extended by consent of the board, the period of time for all speakers shall not exceed 30 minutes.
4. The board president may deny any individual speaking privileges if previous conduct of the individual has indicated that the orderly conduct of a meeting may be threatened by that person’s appearance. The president has the option to stop the proceedings and poll the board to determine if a speaker may continue.
5. Based on the number of speakers, the board president shall set a time limit for individual speakers with no speaker to exceed 5 minutes during the time provided for public participation or at the time a specific agenda item is discussed. At the discretion of the board president, individuals may be recognized while the board conducts its official business.

If it appears that the matter which the speaker(s) wished the board to consider will consume an amount of time the board feels cannot be spared at said meeting, the board may invite such speaker(s) to return to a future meeting.[9]

—Olathe Public School District 233 website, (2014), [10]


The table below displays the budget for Olathe Public School:[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $171,867,355 55.8% $13,293,389 4.3% $88,865,978 28.9% $33,992,815 11% $0 0% $308,019,537
Averages: $171,867,355 56% $13,293,389 4% $88,865,978 29% $33,992,815 11% $0 0% $308,019,537

Contact information

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Olathe Public Schools USD 233
14160 Black Bob Road
Olathe, KS 66063
Phone: (913) 780-7000
Email: mcolgan@olatheschools.org

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