Staff Bulletin |January 24, 2019
Members of the Board of Education, EHS Student Council and district leadership enjoyed a night of great dialogue and collaboration while attending the student council meeting followed by the school board meeting.
 
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District News
Web Server Maintenance:
Anticipate usd253.org being unavailable on Thursday, January 31, beginning at 3:00 p.m. for offline maintenance.

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 the Extended School Year Application form and submit it by March 1. If you have questions please contact Angela Harris angela.harris@usd253.net

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.

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.
Appointments:
Erica Cammarn
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Michelle Anderson
paraeducator, USD 251 Americus

Coralie Hutcherson
paraeducator, Riverside

Abigail Kline Mott
paraeducator, Riverside

Celinda Moreno-Taiavera
paraeducator/teacher aide, Logan Avenue

Kayla Hoover
paraeducator, USD 252 Neosho Rapids

Brittany Livingston
paraeducator, USD 251 Americus

Jason Mauzey
bus driver, Transportation

Sarah Henderson
paraeducator, Walnut

Courtney Sleezer
library clerk, Emporia High

Angela Schneider
paraeducator, USD 252 Hartford Jr/Sr High

Caitlin Hawk
paraeducator, USD 252 Olpe Elementary

Roberta Woodruff
bus driver, Transportation

Cami Minor
teacher aide, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Natalie Leffler
to be determined, Emporia High School, August 2019

Resignations:
Carol Soyez
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Ericka Nault
special education, William Allen White, May 2019

Tracy Ensminger
special education, Emporia Middle School

Retirement:
Gary Loucks
head custodian, Timmerman, May 2019

Termination:
Tiffany Berry
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School

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Board Member Art Gutierrez with an EHS Student Council member.

Board News
Board Approvals:
  • minutes from January 9, 2019
  • treasurer's report for November 2018 and December 2018
  • $20,228.09 donation from the Hopkins Foundation for 2018-19 Hopkins Projects
  • $500 anonymous donation to Logan Avenue Elementary Family Engagement Fund for field trips and family events
  • reject all bids for securing entrances as they are substantially higher than the original estimates and rebid each component individually 
  • deny additional compensation request by grievants; provide relief through additional staffing as soon practicable
Board Recognitions:
  • Holly Ann Abel, a first-grade teacher at Riverside Elementary for being selected as a Kansas Horizon Award winner
  • Susan Brinkman, Mike Crouch, Doug Epp, Art Gutierrez, Mallory Koci, Melissa Ogleby, and Grant Riles in appreciation for their service as school board members
Future Board Calendar Dates:
  • 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
  • Wednesday, February 27, 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