Staff Bulletin |August 29, 2019

Thank you to all of the staff who represented Emporia Public Schools in the 2019 Corporate Challenge.  
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District News:

Tickets for Athletic Events:
  • district employees are able to use their district ID badge to get themselves and a guest into any home EHS game.
  • season tickets for the 2019-20 season are adults $70, grade school $35
  • football-only season tickets are adults $16, grade school $12
  • season tickets can be purchased at Emporia High School and the Community Relations Office at Mary Herbert Education Center
  • individual game tickets can be purchased at each event, adults $5, students $4

Retirement Planning:
If you are a KPERS 1 or KPERS 2 member and are thinking about retirement, click the links below to sign up for important information to help guide you through the process:
Click here for additional retirement and KPERS information

KPERS Optional Life Insurance:
KPERS Optional Life Insurance open enrollment is September 1-30.  As part of your KPERS benefits, you have the opportunity to purchase additional coverage beyond KPERS basic life insurance.  You can decide how much you need and pay your premiums through payroll deduction. For additional information please review the KPERS  
open enrollment handout

Personal Illness Pool:
The deadline to start your involvement in the Personal Illness Pool is Tuesday, October 1. All employees on contract or work agreement are eligible to participate.  If you are already participating in the pool, it will remain in effect as long as you are with USD 253, unless you inform the Payroll Office that you no longer wish to participate. Additional information will be emailed to all employees in a few days.  If you have questions, email 
Amy Larson at, Stephanie Morgan at , or Erica Markley at erica.markley@usd253.nett

September 15 paycheck:
The September 15 paycheck is the first payroll for all certified employees in the current contract year.  Be sure to check your pay stub in Skyward to make sure all of your deductions are correct. If you have questions, call Stephanie Morgan at 341-2228 or Erica Markley at 341-2428 in the Payroll Office.

October 1 Early Retirement:
October 1st is the deadline for staff to submit to the Board of Education early notification for resignation or retirement and receive the $1,000 bonus.
Monica Carter
teacher aide, Walnut

Vincent Rhinehart
teacher aide, Emporia High

Michael Wark
paraeducator, USD 251 NLC Elementary

Megan Rahe
district accounts payable, Mary Herbert Education Center

James Fisher
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Asia Larsen
certified occupational therapy assistant, FHSEC

Patricia "Jean" Haag
paraeducator, USD 252 Olpe Early Childhood

Codie VanMeter
paraeducator, William Allen White  

Bailey Lane
paraeducator, USD 252 Olpe Early Childhood

Chaney Straight
teacher aide, William Allen White

Krystal Tarver
paraeducator, USD 251 Northern Heights

Ryan Anders
maintenance, Operational Services

Christine Turner
instructional coach, Riverside, May 2020

Wendy Stanbrough
instructional strategist, Riverside, May 2020

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Congratulations to Ms. Schwinn and the yearbook staff for their induction into the Walsworth Gallery of Excellence for the 2019 yearbook.

Members of the ESU Women's basketball team greeted Riverside Elementary students as they were dropped off for school.

Board Approvals:
  • minutes from August 14
  • July 2019 treasurer's report
  • donation from Sydnee Hammond and Team World Health, $750 to EHS football and $1500 to EHS wrestling
  • addendum to the Memorandum of Understanding between Emporia Public Schools and Communities in Schools for site coordinator service
Board Updates:

Bond Publication Update:
Kevin Case, Superintendent, provided updates on the bond publication timeline and a calendar for the November 5 general election.  For more details click on the links below:
Early Learning Center Update:
Zach Snethen of HTK Architects provided an overview and timeline for moving forward on a new Early Learning Center.  HTK is working to incorporate key needs as determined by the task force and will gather additional input from all stakeholders and staff through input sessions. During this process, the district will determine what early learning outcomes will be achieved, while ensuring the new center meets the needs of today's early learning students.  Additionally, Snethen provided a map showing possible site options for building a new center. Click here for the Early Learning Center Presentation.

Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center

Members of The Emporia Board of Education

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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801