Staff Bulletin | April 27, 2017
District News

Crayons for Kids
Walnut Elementary is partnering with Life Church Young Adult Ministry to collect crayons for coloring book bags for the summer. Please don't throw away your crayons! Contact Tara Abendroth and she will collect them.

Resign Without Penalty
Reminder to any certified staff considering a job change:  You can submit a resignation on or before June 2 to avoid paying a pe nalty.

No More .org Email 
The Technology Department will retire the old .org email system during the summer. Employees should update any contacts that are still sending to the old email address.
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report

Appointments

Kenneth Gully
special education, EMS

Conrad Montoya
grade 3, Logan Avenue

Kathryn Flott
grade 7 science, EMS

Allyson Waddle
grade 1, Walnut

Jessica McClure
kindergarten, Village

Brandi Siebenaler
kindergarten, Village

Josh Barnes
Rule 10 football coach, EHS

Amber McFarland
head secretary, Maynard

Steven Bazan
principal, EMS

Resignations

Abigail Frazier
paraeducator, Riverside

Alison Funk
paraeducator, Riverside

Heather Probasco
intensive reading, EMS

Jacinda Vinduska
special education, EMS

Laura Kneib
kindergarten, Village

Mia Jacobson-Miller
German, EHS

Patricia Stamatson
special education, North Lyon Co

Rachael Werth
teacher intern, Village

Stacy Wells
intensive reading, EMS

Makayla Brooks
flex worker, Food Service

Regina Cavallo
paraeducator, Southern Lyon Co

Matt Baumwart
physical education, EMS

Jacquelyn Cerv
language arts, EMS

Sarah Bradateanu
speech-language pathologist, FHSEC

Tina Bolton
bus driver, Transportation

Valerie Burns
occupational therapist, FHSEC

Elena Lincoln
exec dir of special education, MHEC

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Moments

Staff Recognition Is May 17
The district Staff Recognition Reception & Program will be at 5 pm Wednesday, May 17, in the EHS commons. The program will recognize district length-of-service awards, special awards received by staff during the past year, and the retiring employees. As of today, we have 26 employees retiring.

Sign-up sheets have been posted in all buildings. Be sure to include any guests you plan to bring. The event is free for all employees and a guest.

School Retirement Receptions
  • Maggie Henricks, Food Service, May 3, 2 pm, EHS Cafeteria Commons
  • Julia Giger, Logan Avenue, May 9, 3:30-5:30, Logan Library
  • Mary Rodriguez, Maynard, May 10, 4-5 pm, Maynard
  • Steve Rodriguez, Riverside,   May 10, 4:30-6 pm, Riverside
  • Nancy Horst, Community Relations, May 10, 6-7 pm, Mary Herbert Board Room
  • Shirley McCloud & Vicky Taber, Timmerman, May 15, 3:30-5:30 pm, Timmerman Library
  • Wendy Fancher & Mike Luce, WA White, May 16, 3:30-5:30 pm, WA White Music Room
  • Chris Harvel, Infrastructure & Security, May 22, 3:30-5 pm, Mary Herbert Fireplace Room
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Board Hires EMS Principal
The personnel report approved by the board included the hiring of
Steven Bazan
as principal for Emporia Middle School effective July 1. Since 2014, Mr. Bazan has been the assistant principal at Comstock Elementary School in Frisco, TX. He earlier was an elementary assistant principal and he was a principal of a K-10 charter school. 

Kindergarten Readiness
Vicki Schweinler, executive director of elementary education, updated the board of progress the district is making on the goal of having all students ready for kindergarten. 

Emporia's response to the state's Kindergarten Readiness goal was already in place at Maynard Early Childhood Center. This school year, MECC has added a screener for all students entering the program to determine academic and social-emotional skill levels. Through the Mobilizing Literacy Grant, the district added a preschool teacher and is now serving 30 additional students. A part-time family liaison position also was added to work with families and private preschools. The position will be full-time next year. 

A week-long kindergarten jump start also will be added before the start of 2017-18. Students who have had no preschool experiences will be invited to participate.

RecXtra Fee Schedule
The board approved a request to change the fee structure for RecXtra in 2017-18. Fees will be collected at a rate of $40 per trimester ($20 for reduced & $10 for free). The board also asked administrators to seek other funding options for the after-school childcare program.

Adult Education Levy Resolution
The board adopted a resolution to renew the half-mill levy for adult education.

Consent Agenda Approvals
  • request to let bids for 17-18 Food Service supplies and food
  • 17-18 KASB membership dues and NASB National Connection fees
  • donation of $23,683 from the Hopkins Foundation for staff appreciation
  • donation of $2,000 from the Hopkins Foundation to EMS for wrestling mats
  • Frontier Farm Credit Working Here Fund grant of $2,000 to the EHS FFA club
  • national trip request for EHS/EMS theater students in summer 2018