Staff Bulletin |January 10, 2019
Holly Ann Abel was notified in her classroom Tuesday morning that she was one of 32 first-year educators who had been selected as a 2019 Kansas Horizon Award winner. The announcement came as a surprise when she received a phone call from the Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson congratulating her in front of her students and district leadership.
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Print your W-2:
Employees who elected to print their own W-2 Wage and Tax Statements and 1095C Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage forms through Skyward's Employee Access can do so now. Click here for a tutorial.  If you did not elect to print your own, your statements will be sent to your building at the end of January.

Payroll Deductions:
The December 15 paycheck was the first payroll with new deductions for the 2019 benefit plan year for classified and certified staff. The January 1 paycheck was the first payroll with new deductions for the 2019 benefit plan year for administrative staff.  Please contact Erica Markley 341-2428 or Stephanie Morgan 341-2228 with any questions.
Skyward Transition:
As a part of a long-term plan to make Skyward Financial/Human Resource software more secure and easier to use, some changes will be happening in the next few years.  The first of those steps occurred prior to the winter break. The next phase of the transition is tentatively set for the 2021-2022 school year when we will move to the new Skyward Qmlativ platform.  More information will be shared as we move closer to that date. If you have not done so already please follow the Skyward password log in steps . If you have questions please contact our Technology Help Desk 341-2244 or
Human Resources Reminders:
  • February 1st is the deadline for early retirement benefit application forms to be submitted for certified staff.
  • 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.
Kayla Callahan
special education, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Shelby Surmeier
occupational therapist, FHSEC, August 2019

Roxanna Peraza
counselor, Emporia High School, August 2019

Alan Russo
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Dustin Stutesman
paraeducator, USD 386 - Madison High School

Brianna Nava
paraeducator/teacher aide, Village Elementary

Stephanie Castillo
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School

Hailey East
bus driver, Transportation

Rebekka Glover
paraeducator, Maynard
John Queen
paraeducator, USD 284 Chase County Elementary

Jamie Hull
flex worker, Food Service

Allyson Chambers
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary
Bailey Lane
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

G. Eli Weatherby
paraeducator, USD 251 - North Lyon County

Jeceka Pitchford
paraeducator, Village Elementary

Paulina Batiz
paraeducator/teacher aide, Village Elementary

Samantha Preeo
paraeducator, Walnut Elementary

Mikayla Jackson Barth
grade 4, Logan Avenue, May 2019

Misty Schraeder
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

Lauryn Catron
paraeducator, USD 284 - Chase County High School

Danielle Gosser
bus paraeducator, Transportation

Karen Pendlay
paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center, May 2019

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Board News:
Board Approvals:
  • Minutes from December 12, 2018
  • District fiscal payments for December
  • Business pathway course name change from Internet Communications I to Web Page Design A and Internet Communications II to Web Page Design B
  • Target Field Trip grant to William Allen White for $700 (4th/5th-grade bowling)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield grant to Riverside for $800 (prizes for fitness activities)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield grant to William Allen White for $1,000 (Physical Education equipment)
Board Recognitions:
  • Shely Perez, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Emporia Middle School and Robert Ovsak, AVID teacher at Emporia Middle School for being nominated to represent Emporia Public Schools in the Kansas Teacher of the Year program
  • Jill Lynch, instructional strategist at Walnut Elementary as the Emporia Public Schools representative for the 2019 Kansas Master Teacher Award program
Future Board Calendar Dates:
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5:30 p.m., BOE/StuCo Dinner/Meeting, Emporia High School
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Emporia High School Library
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00 p.m., Special Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:00 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