Staff Bulletin | April 13 , 2018
District News

Preschool Enrollment
Tuesday, April 24, 7 am - 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 birth certificate, immunization records and a copy of the child's most recent physical.

Kindergarten Ramp Up
If you know of children who will be attending kindergarten this fall and they did not attend preschool, please encourage their parents to sign them up for Kindergarten Ramp Up. Kindergarten Ramp Up will be held July 16-20, at Riverside, William Allen White and Walnut. Two sessions will be offered: one session from 10:00 am - 11:45 am and a second session from  12:15 pm - 2:00 pm. To register, contact the student's school of attendance for fall 2018.

Activity Calendar
It is time to start gathering dates for the 2018-19 activity calendar. If you have dates for next year that need to be added please see your building secretary or email

Community Relations
If you did not receive a call from School Messenger or an email from Constant Contact during our weather-related school closings, please contact the Community Relations office at 341-2200 or You may also want to unblock the number 620-341-2471 as that is the number assigned to School Messenger calls.

Your new 2018 W-4 and K-4 forms are available. Please return them to the Payroll Department as soon as possible.
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Personnel Report


Kimberly Riley
teacher aide, Logan Elementary

Patrick Wilhite
rule 10 assistant football coach, EHS (2018-19)

Mary Topper
paraeducator/teacher aide, Logan Elementary

Aaron Scott
school psychologist, to be determined (2018-19)

Kacie Hastings
theater teacher, EMS (2018-19)


Jack Heinrichs
multicultural/bilingual teacher, FHLC

Alley Lehman
kindergarten, WAW

Abigail Newport
paraeducator/teacher aide, Timmerman Elementary

Ebony Monroe
grade 5, Riverside Elementary

Jose Pardo
roving custodian, Operational Services

Nicole Ruiz
paraeducator/teacher aide, Logan Elementary

Myrna Comstock
special education, EHS

Madeline Dierking
grade 5, Logan Elementary

Kylie Kater
grade 2, Logan Elementary

Michelle A. Wells
instructional strategist, Village Elementary

Ashli Corbella
teacher intern, EHS

Savannah "Sage" Maydew
grade 3, Village Elementary

Kacey Schmitendorf
grade 5, Logan Elementary


Angie Bolz
administrative assistant, MHEC

Linda Turney
head secretary, Timmerman Elementary

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Village Elementary was recognized for being selected as a Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase School for 2017-18.

Retirement Receptions
  • Janelle Miller, April 26, 3:30 - 5 pm, MHEC Board Room
  • Janice Romeiser, May 3, 3:30 - 5 pm, MHEC Board Room
  • Jeri Scheve, May 8, 3:30 - 5 pm, Riverside Library
  • Mary Beth Tabares, May 8, 4 - 5:30 pm, Maynard Early Childhood Center
  • George Abel &  Karen Yeager, May 8, 3:30 - 5 pm, MHEC Board Room
  • Brenda Boyce, May 8, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Village School, Room 214
  • Jane PientkaBrenda BoyceMarsha Peterson, Melissa Sears and Kay Schmidt, May 10, 4 pm, Walnut
  • Kim Kirk, May 18, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Timmerman
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Board member Melissa Ogleby was recognize d for  participating in the 2018 Introduction to Foundations of Boardsmanship Training with the Kansas Ass ociatio n of School Boards.  

Board Approvals
  • approved the invoice from Schools for Fair Funding
  • approved a five year banking agreement with ESB Financial
  • approved to accept the quote from Epoxy Coating Specialists for bathroom updates at Village Elementary and Maynard Early Childhood Center
Board Updates and Discussion

The board approved HTK Architects for the facility needs assessment.  HTK will be working with district personnel from now until this summer.  During the summer months they will do site tours of each building.  This fall they will take the information gathered and begin holding work sessions to gain input from community and district stakeholders.  By the end of December they hope to have a plan based on district needs and building conditions.The final stages will be to provide the board with direction and prepare for the next steps.

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Kelly Bolin provided updates regarding spring 2018 Recruitment and Retention of certified staff and Emergency Operations Plan. EOP updates included: training, telecommunication, deter or delay, building entrances and continued diligence.

The board had a follow-up discussion from the March 28 board meeting regarding goal setting sessions with KASB. The board reached consensus to meet with Dr. Doug Moeckel from KASB and a group selected from board members, administrators, staff members, and community members for an initial information gathering session. The meeting is scheduled for May 9 at 6 pm.

Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning George Abel updated the board on summer drivers education.  There are currently 77 students registered.  The district has hired three staff to complete the required driving time.

Board Consent Agenda Items
  • approved the request to let bids for food and food service supplies for the 2018-19 academic year
  • approved the request to seek attorney service proposals, with a recommendation to be presented to the board in July
  • approved payment of KASB membership dues, Legal Assistance Fund renewal fees, and the Season Pass for unlimited district registration to KASB workshops and seminars for 2018-19
  • approved fees for the National School Boards Association National Connection program for 2018-19
  • approved for disposal of district surplus technology items via internet auction
  • approved to accept a $1,165 donation from the Village PTO to cover the cost of having author Jefferson Knapp present to the fourth and fifth grade students at Village Elementary
Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting & Study Session, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 12:00 p.m., Board Visit to Riverside Elementary
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018, time to be determined, Board Meeting & Goal Setting Information Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Emporia Public Schools Staff Recognition & ENEA Master Teacher Recognition
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00 p.m., High School Graduation, W. A. White Auditorium 
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801