Staff Bulletin |July 11, 2019
Superintendent Kevin Case speaks at the Bond Town Hall meeting at 
Walnut Elementary.
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Grant Opportunity:
Tyson Foods has awarded Emporia Public Schools with up to $26,388 toward classroom projects on , where teachers can request up to $1,000 in classroom resources. This is part of a larger nationwide $1 million grant through, available for select school districts serving Tyson Foods plant communities. Click here for more information.

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 or who wants flexibility in their schedule and 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.

Human Resource Reminder:
August 1
  • certified staff members resigning on or after August 1st and thereafter shall pay the district $5000
District Events
Student Enrollment for 2019-20:
Online enrollment for the 2019-20 school year begins on Monday, July 15th and runs through August 8th. During this time, families will be able to enroll their student/s online by using the individualized code that will be mailed on July 13th. Anyone needing assistance is encouraged to stop by our new enrollment location, the Flint Hills Learning Center located in the Flinthills Mall where staff will be available at the following times:
  • Monday - Thursday, July 15-18 from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, in-person or online
  • Monday - Thursday, July 22-25 from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, in-person or online
  • Monday - Thursday, July 30-August 1 and August 5-8 from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, in-person only
  • Beginning August 12th, enrollment must be completed at Mary Herbert Education Center, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, in-person by appointment
Save the Date:
Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2019-2020 Back to School Convocation and Breakfast, August 12, 2019, at 7:30 am, located at Emporia High School. This will be an exciting time that you won't want to miss including a professional keynote speaker, prizes, and lots of food.

Bond Information Town Hall Meetings:
If you want to learn more about the USD 253 Bond, make plans to attend one of the remaining Town Hall Meetings
  • July 23rd at 7:30am Trusler Business Center, 719 Commercial
  • July 31st at 6:00pm, Emporia High School library
Kindergarten Ramp Up:
If you know of children who will be attending kindergarten this fall and they did not attend preschool, please encourage their parents to sign them up for kindergarten ramp up. Kindergarten ramp-up will be held July 22-26, at Riverside, William Allen White, and Village. Two sessions will be offered one from 10:00 am - 11:45 am and a second session from 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm.
Tiffany Fay
library clerk, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Gulmira Escobar
teacher aide, Emporia Middle School August 2019

Melissa Claypool
paraeducator, USD 417 CGJRSR High School, August 2019

Bethany Fuqua
paraeducator, USD 417 Council Grove Elementary School, August 2019

Jaymie Van Valkenburg
paraeducator, USD 417 Council Grove Elementary School, August 2019

Belinda Guzman
assistant cook, food service, August 2019

Darren Rose
support technician level 3, Mary Herbert Education Center

Ahtziri Roetzer
teacher aide, Emporia High School, August 2019

Raini Glades
paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center, August 2019

Andrea Harper
paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center, August 2019

Sydney Stone, 
paraeducator, Emporia High School, August 2019

Linda Forbes
teacher aide, Timmerman Elementary School, May 2019

Maggie Fankhauser
MIS clerk, Mary Herbert Education Center

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Board Approvals:
  • elected Art Gutierrez as board president for 2019-20
  • elected Melissa Ogleby as board vice president for 2019-20
  • minutes from June 26th
  • treasurer's report for June 2019
  • appointments to various committees for the 2019-20 school year
    • Patricia Saenz-Reyes, Emporia Community Foundation Board
    • Grant Riles, Flint Hills Technical College Board
    • Melissa Ogleby, Recreation Commission Board
    • Susan Brinkman, Joint Economic Development Advisory Council
    • Doug Epp, IBB representative, alternate will be elected in January 2020
    • Grant Riles, KASB delegate
    • Melissa Ogleby, Board Policy Review Committee
    • Mallory Koci, District Wellness Committee
  • regular Board of Education  meeting time and place for 2019-20 
  • Home Rule Resolution for 2019-20
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) Waiver Resolution for 2019-20 
  • resolution for the Emporia Middle School petty cash fund 
  • resolution for the Emporia High School petty cash fund
  • resolution to establish the Emporia High School activity fund
Board Updates:
  • Kevin Case, Superintendent, provided feedback on the first of four Town Hall meetings being held to provide bond information to community stakeholders.
  • Vicki Schweinler, Executive Director of Elementary Education shared information from the Early Learning Facility Task Force and thanked the committee for their participation. The task force will provide their final report at the July 31 board meeting.
  • Amanda Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness Center, Jennifer Wiliams and Tiffany Neely, regional managers, provided information to the board, regarding the partnership between CrossWInds and USD 253.  CrossWinds delivers a variety of onsite services and programs to over 300 Emporia Schools students. This collaboration allows for a variety of social-emotional and behavior needs to be met while providing convenience and support for district families.

Board Discussions:
  • Kelly Bolin, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, provided documentation of the changes to the 2019-20 faculty, classified, substitute teacher and administrator handbooks.  Rob Scheib, Assistant Superintendent of Business, provided a timeline for the 2019-20 budget process.  
Future Board Calendar Dates:
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019, 6:00 p.m., Bond Information Town Hall Meeting, Emporia Middle School
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 7:30 a.m., Bond Information Town Hall Meeting, Trusler Business Center
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 6:00 p.m., Bond Information Town Hall Meeting, Emporia High School Library
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Board Meeting, EHS
  • 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

Members of The Emporia Board of Education

  Emporia Public Schools
1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801