Staff Bulletin |April 12, 2019

The Kansas Teacher of the Year site visit was held earlier this week at Emporia Public Schools. KTOY representatives including Kelly Olson and Laura Schwinn from Emporia toured district facilities and programs as a part of their visit.
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2020-21 School Calendar Options:  District administration has worked with the Professional Development Council to create three academic calendar options for the 2020-21 school year. Please review the three options shown below and provide feedback in the form provided at the end. A recommendation will be made to the Emporia Board of Education later this spring. Feedback is needed by the end of the day Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Maintenance Department Summer Help: Maintenance is looking to fill some temporary summer position for mowing, grounds care, and building maintenance.  Current employees interested in applying should contact Amy Larson  Persons who are interested but not already a USD 253 employee should go to the website to apply.

K-State Athletics: K-State will be participating in the College Football Playoff's Extra Yard for Teachers program.  This upcoming season's designated game is September 7th against Bowling Green. If you would like to represent Emporia Public Schools, please email to express your interest.  One staff member will be randomly chosen.  The selected person will receive two complimentary tickets to the game, be recognized with all districts' representatives during the game, and have the opportunity to win $500 for a classroom project.

Kindergarten Pre-registration:
Pre-registration for kindergarten will be held at each neighborhood elementary school on April 16, at 6:00 pm and April 17, at 9:00 a.m. Parents will meet principals and school staff as well as learn about enrollment and admissions requirements.  Parents only need to attend one session and your child does not need to be present. For more information contact the elementary school nearest you or call Mary Herbert Education Center at 620-341-2200 for assistance locating your elementary school.

Preschool Enrollment:
Tuesday, April 23, 7 am to 5 pm, Maynard Early Childhood Center at 19 Constitution will be available to enroll 3 and 4-year-olds who meet eligibility requirements.  Please bring the student's birth certificate, immunization records and a copy of the child's most recent physical.

End of the Year Transportation Requests:
When planning your end of the year field trips, please keep the following information in mind.
  • before picking the day, have a couple of dates in mind
  • contact Erin in dispatch to see what days are available,
  • turn in trip requests as soon as possible; the calendar is filling up
  • if possible avoid Tuesday and Thursday due to a large number of athletic events
  • trips that leave after 8:00 am on M,T,TH,F or 9:00 am on W, and return by 2:15 pm are easier to accommodate
Bovay Foundation Educators' Grant: 
The Harry E. Bovay Jr. Foundation is offering a $5,000 grant to be used for professional development of public school educators in Lyon County.  Any teacher who is interested in pursuing a Master's degree or higher is eligible to apply.  Click here for more information

Retirement Reception:
Dr. Ken Weaver, Dean of the Emporia State University Teachers College, Friday, April 26, 2019, from 3-5 pm at the Sauder Alumni Center, 1500 Highland Street

District Events
The Bunny Hop 5K:
Riverside Elementary will host the annual Bunny Hop 5K on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at 8:00 am.  Funds raised will support the Riverside PTO/RIF Program and the Emporia NEA Read To Your Bunny Program.   For Registration Form Click Here

Family Fiesta 5K:
William Allen White will host the Family Fiesta 5K on Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at W.A.W. Click here for more information

AVID 6K Running for College:
This event will be hosted May 11th, 2019.  Click here for registration form

Retirement Receptions:
  • May 7, MHEC Board Room, 3:30, Karen Flood & Marc Price
  • May 13, Maynard Gym, 4:00, Susan Cates
  • May 17, Walnut Library, 4:00, Rene Jenkins
  • May 22, Maynard Gym, 4:00, Karen Pendlay
  • May 22, Logan Avenue Library, 4:00, Leza Underwood
Amber Schrock
English, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Josie McClendon
English, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Matthew Gesner
English, Emporia High School, August 2019

Stephanie Brown
math, Emporia High School, August 2019

Mike Tovar
Spanish, Emporia High School, August 2019

Rachel Hyatt
paraeducator, Village Elementary

Jessamyn Weingartner
paraeducator, Transportation

Janet Ayers
paraeducator, USD 284 Chase County Elementary

Mark Bulson
paraeducator, Transportation

Brittany Barrett,
paraeducator, USD 252 Neosho Rapids Elementary

Joseph Pomatto
teacher intern, Emporia Middle School, May 2019

Casey Phillips
teacher (Sabbatical), Timmerman Elementary, May 2019

Rebecca Hochman
grade 2, Village Elementary, May 2019

Kyle Corcoran
music teacher, Timmerman/Village Elementary, May 2019

Jennifer Whaley
teacher Intern, Timmerman Elementary, May 2019

Glynnis Jackson
math, Emporia High School, May 2019

Henry Weiner
math/science, Flint Hills Learning Center, May 2019

Jenna Weimer
math, Emporia High School, May 2019

Matthew Beans
teacher intern, Emporia High School, May 2019

Elijah Schraad
teacher intern, Emporia High School, May 2019

Myrna Comstock
special education, Emporia High School, May 2019

Christina Luttman
paraeducator, Emporia High School, May 2019

Christopher Eitzen
Spanish, Emporia High School, May 2019

Mark Manbeck
English, Emporia Middle School, May 2019

Bethany Unruh
early childhood, Walnut, May 2019

Kody Thexton
physical education, Emporia Middle School, May 2019

Jack Heinrichs
English as a second language, Flint Hills Learning Center, May 2019

Raquel Martinez
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School

Melanie Madden
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School, May 2019

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Village Elementary held an assembly to announce being named a Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase school for the second year in a row.

District administrators celebrated trimester graduates who earned their diploma and/or citizenship at the on-site classroom at a local processing plant.
Board Approvals
  • minutes from March 27, 2019
  • treasurer's report for March 2019
  • KASB membership dues, Legal Assistance renewal fees, and the Season Pass for Kansas Association of School Board workshops and seminars for 2019-20
  • fees for the National School Boards Association National Connection program for 2019-20
  • dispose of district technology surplus via internet auctions
  • donation of $600 in orchestra supplies to Riverside Elementary from
  • board vice-president, Art Gutierrez to participate in the interview process for the board clerk position
  • 2019-2020 Student Handbooks
  • retire old board policies and approve new and updated board policies with the exception of policy KGB
Board Updates
  • Zach Snethen of HTK Architects provided an overview of the progress that has taken place over the past two weeks with the facility needs assessment. The needs assessment team continues to discuss and refine the scope of the potential bond project. A review of each building's mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems was done to determine efficiencies and what the high priorities are versus what could be included in future projects through capital outlay funds. HTK continues to provide a wealth of information to help the board move forward in making informed decisions regarding all aspects of the potential bond project.
  • Dustin Avery of Piper Jaffray Financing provided board members with details and logistics of the bond process and the financial impact to the community.   He also shared a detailed timeline outlining important dates to begin the bond process.
Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m., District Staff Recognition, Emporia High School
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m., Emporia High School Graduation, W. L. White Auditorium
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center

Members of The Emporia Board of Education

  Emporia Public Schools
1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801