Staff Bulletin |February 15, 2019
Members of the Board of Education listen as HTK architect Zach Snethen presents the results of the District Needs Assessment.
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Human Resource Notice:
Emporia Public Schools Transportation Department is seeking current staff for substitute or activity bus drivers.  Available times include before and after school as well as evening and Saturday activities. The district would like to encourage teachers or classified staff who do not work 40 hours a week to contact Amy Larson at amy.larson@usd253.net if they are interested.
If you are nearing retirement, remember these extra hours could possibly increase your final average salary which would then increase your total monthly KPERS retirement benefit.

Extended School Year Application:
Extended School Year (ESY) will take place this summer for selected students in the district. You must have a special education endorsement or be working toward one to apply for a teaching position. If you are interested in working this summer, please complete this form, and submit it by March 1. If you have questions please contact Angela Harris angela.harris@usd253.net

Human Resource Reminders:
  • February 15th is the deadline to submit a new national board teaching certificate.
  • February 15th is the deadline to submit ESL certification to be included in the March paycheck.
  • all employees are encouraged to fill out a new W-4 and a K-4 for 2019.
District Events:
EHS Theatre & Music Departments presents,
Wonderland High for our winter musical. Come see this crazy adaptation o f Alice in Wonderland meets High School Musical. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. Performances are Friday, February 15th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February, 16th at 2 & 7 p.m.

EMS All School Theater Arts presents Seussical Jr. on Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Come see this unforgettable musical as Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage.  

Logan Avenue Elementary will be hosting the annual Pennies For Patients Fundraiser February 25th-March 8th, with the theme "Every Hero Needs A Squad . " The money raised will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to provide funds for research toward a cure for cancer. Monetary donations will be collected at the school and through the online donation link on the Logan Ave Facebook page. There will be raffle baskets in the office with tickets available for $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets.
Appointments:
Grace Miller
paraedcuator, 252-Olpe Elementary

Liliana Alvarez
paraeducator/teacher aide, Village Elementary

Mikaela Herrick
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Dennis Newell
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Shelly Hammond
administrative assistant, Emporia High School

Deane Hay
bus aide, Transportation

Daryean Torrens
paraeducator, Village

Kylie Kater
grade 4, Logan Avenue, August 2019

Larissa Welch
tbd, Timmerman, August 2019

Resignations:
Kimberly Riley
teacher aide, Logan Avenue

Alice Brandon
paraeducator, Riverside

Retirement:
Leza Underwood
paraeducator, Logan Avenue, May 2019

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Board News
Board Approvals:
  • minutes from January 23, 2019, and January 31, 2019
  • fiscal payments for January 2019
  • memorandum of agreement with Greenbush to provide a late spring/summer driver education program for Emporia students
  • engagement letter from Mize Houser & Company for the auditing of the district financial records for the fiscal years ending FY19, FY20, and FY21
  • solicit bids for two new or used school buses 
  • donation of a $500 Amazon gift card, won by a student to Timmerman Elementary for classroom supplies from Work Place Pro
  • E-Rate bids as outlined and submitted to USAC for a funding commitment
  •  bids for individual components for proposed safety and security upgrades
  • AP EHS Government teacher Jamie Dawson to participate in the We the People National Finals trip to Washington DC and begin fund-raising efforts to reduce the cost of the trip for students
Board Recognitions:
The board recognized those members who have completed the Kansas Association of School Boards Leadership Academy Training.
Honor Roll Level I recipients: Susan Brinkman, Doug Epp, Melissa Ogleby, and Grant Riles
Honor Roll Level II recipients: Art Gutierrez and Kevin Case

Board Discussions:
Rick Nobles from Patron Insight Inc. presented the Climate Survey highlights.  In October of 2018 community members, staff, students, and parents had the opportunity to fill out the survey to help determine what the district is doing well, what areas can be improved, and overall general opinions. The report shows the survey results overall were positive and all stakeholders are happy with the district. For a comprehensive look at the  
Climate Survey highlights click here.

The board heard a report on the District Needs Assessment from Zach Snethen, of HTK Architects.  The presentation included a detailed overview of the assessment project, a complete review of each building's needs, and options for implementation. During the Feb 27th board meeting, board members will have the opportunity to ask questions and have an open dialogue regarding the report with representatives from HTK. This will provide HTK with direction and clarification on moving forward with the District Needs Assessment. To view the presentation and timeline click here.

Future Board Calendar Dates:
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, March 27, 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