Staff Bulletin |August 1, 2019

Riverside Elementary staff was recognized at the board meeting for being a Challenge Award recipient during the 2018-19 school year.
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District News:
Salary Movement:
September 1st is the deadline to submit paperwork for salary movement for the 2019-20 school year. September 1st is a Sunday so please plan accordingly to have your paperwork submitted by Friday, August 31st to Kathy Dreier.  If you have any questions please call Kathy at 341-2329.

Technology Update: 
Over the summer the Technology department has made updates to several of the entrances.  There is a small chance that in the transition your key fob may not work. Please send a work order to so that it may be taken care of.

Earn $250 by referring a new bus driver:
Emporia Public Schools needs bus drivers for the 2019-20 school year.  This is a perfect opportunity for someone who may be retired, want flexibility in their schedule, or who has school days off.   USD 253 employees can earn a $250 referral bonus when new bus drivers include the district employee's name on their employment application.  The $250 referral bonus will arrive after the driver has been on the job for six months. Additionally, new drivers will receive a $250 bonus on their first paycheck and another $250 bonus once training and CDL endorsement are complete.   For more information contact Amy Larson at 620-341- 2330.

District Events:
USD 253 Bond Vote:
If you are not already registered to vote, the district encourages all employees to become registered so that you may participate in the bond election on September 5th.  Ballots will be mailed on August 16th and need to be returned by noon on September 5th. To ensure you ballot is counted, it is suggested to mail your ballot by August 29th or hand deliver it to the County Clerk's Office.  Envelopes must be signed in order for them to count. 

Enrollment for 2019-20:
Enrollment for the 2019-20 school year continues at the Flint Hills Learning Center thru August 8th.  During this time, families are able to enroll their student/s with assistance from the enrollment staff.  Beginning August 12th enrollment will return to Mary Herbert Education Center so that the Learning Center can prepare for the start of school.
  • Monday - Thursday, August 5th-8th from 7:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.   in-person only
  • Beginning August 12th, enrollment must be completed at Mary Herbert Education Center, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in-person and  by appointment
Convocation will be on August 12th:
All staff please mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2019-2020 Back to School Convocation and Breakfast, August 12, 2019, at 7:30 a.m. located at Emporia High School.  This will be an exciting time that you won't want to miss including a professional keynote speaker, prizes, vendor tables, photo booth, and great food.

Board Recognition:
The board recognized Riverside Elementary as a Challenge Award recipient. The award recognizes Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement on Kansas math and reading assessment scores despite facing significant challenges in their school population.  
Shaun Bouley
special education, Emporia Middle School

Stephanie Murray
support technician level 1, Mary Herbert Education Center

Denisha Ratliff
bus driver, Transportation

Mark Adams
bus driver, Transportation

Echo Rodecap
bus driver, Transportation

Marilyn "Denise" Hodges
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

Erica Averitt
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

Michelle Hines
flex worker, Food Service

Breanne Newton
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Marsha Cook
paraeducator, Walnut Elementary

Justin Cerritos
rule 10 assistant soccer coach, Emporia Middle School

Kerri Mourousas
paraeducator, 284 Chase County Jr/Sr High School

Geneva Cahoon
paraeducator, 284 Chase County Jr/Sr High School

Fantasia Brooks
paraeducator, Walnut Elementary

Peyton Shroeder
paraeducator, Walnut Elementary

Isabel Portillo
paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Carissa Seal
paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary

Cayenne Ast
paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary

Martin Mata
roving custodian, Maintenance

Richelle Smith, 
MIS Clerk, Mary Herbert Education Center

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Over fifty new teachers were welcomed by the administrative team at the new staff orientation breakfast on Monday morning at Emporia State University.

K-8 teachers participated in Capturing Kids Hearts training during their new teacher orientation.

Board Approvals:
  • minutes from July 10
  • Memorandum of Understanding between USD 253 and the Emporia Country Club for the Emporia High girls' and boys' golf teams to use the golf course for practice purposes during 2019-20 academic year
  • donation from the Emporia Eagles Lodge, $900 to the Spartan Stop and $900 to the Food for Students program
  • treasurer's report for June 2019 and for Year End FY19
  • grant of $7,600 from the Emporia Community Foundation for an Optoacoustic Emissions Screener for hearing
  • donation of $8,450 from the Sadie Jones Foundation through the Emporia Community Foundation for a Spot Vision Screener for vision
  • Memorandum of Understanding between USD 253 and Flint Hills Technical College to offer concurrent credit for post-secondary courses to high school students
  • dispose of district technology equipment via internet auctions
  • accept changes to the faculty, classified, substitute and administrator handbooks
  • USD 253 Procurement Plan for Child Nutrition Programs
  • Notice of Hearing publication in The Emporia Gazette for the 2019-20 budget
Board Information:
Vicki Schweinler, Executive Director of Elementary Education introduced members of the Early Learning Facility Task Force committee and thanked them for their participation and commitment in preparing a recommendation for the future of Maynard Early Childhood Center.  Erin Woods and Dr. Dennis Kear, committee members shared information from their committee report and provided the task force recommendation that Emporia Schools build a new early learning facility. Click here for the  full task force report
Board Discussions:
  • Kevin Case, Superintendent of Schools, updated the board on the recent Town Hall meeting success and shared information regarding the bond timeline for the next few weeks. Ballots will be mailed out on August 16th and need to be returned by noon on September 5th.  
  • Rob Schieb, Assistant Superintendent of Business provided an overview of the FY 20 USD 253 District Budget and shared balance highlights from specific funds.  The entire budget can be reviewed at the following link,   FY 20 Budget
Future Board Calendar Dates:
  • Monday, August 12, 2019, District Back-to-School Event: 7:30 a.m. Breakfast; 9:00 a.m. Convocation, Emporia High School
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting/Public Budget Hearing, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, August 28, 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