Olathe School Board selects principal for new high school

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The Olathe School Board selected Jay Novacek to serve as the principal of Olathe West High School when it opens in August 2017.

OLATHE, Kan. — The Olathe School Board has selected who will be the new principal at the district’s newest high school.

Jay Novacek will serve as the head principal for Olathe West High School when it opens in August of 2017. The high school will be the fifth in the district.

Novacek is currently an assistant principal and athletic director at Olathe Northwest. He received his bachelor’s degree at Emporia State University and got his master’s degree at Baker University.

“I am honored and thrilled to be selected as the first principal at Olathe West High School,” Novacek said in a news release. “Olathe West will be an innovative, student-centered high school which will maximize educational opportunities for our students. With the addition of Public Safety and Green Tech as our 21st Century programs, West will offer many different paths to create college and career-ready students. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to creating our community within Olathe. Go Owls!”

Three other Olathe high schools will also have new principals starting next fall.

“Jay Novacek will be an outstanding leader for Olathe West High School,” Superintendent Marlin Berry said in a news release. “We look forward to the strong school community he builds and the high quality learning opportunities Olathe West will provide for our students.”