Staff Bulletin | July 13 , 2018
The board recognized Mike Helbert for 11 years of service to Emporia Public Schools
as a board member.  
Kevin Case, superintendent of schools, shared updates regarding board goal discussions with members of the Board of Education.
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District News

Payroll Information:
With the recent salary increase and change in the distribution of chargeable leave please make sure your check and leave totals are correct. The salary increase will be reflected beginning with the following paycheck:
  • Nine-month employees September 15
  • Ten-month employees August 15
  • Twelve-month employees July 15
Also please contact Erica or Stephanie in payroll at 341-2428 if your personal and chargeable leave balances are not up-to-date by August 1. This is a manual process so please give ample time for the changes to be made.  

Mileage Reimbursement:
As of July 1, 2018, the district mileage reimbursement rate increased to .54½ per mile.

2018-19 Enrollment:
Online enrollment for the 2018-19 school year will begin on July 16th and run through August 1st.  During this time, families will be able to enroll their student/s online by using the individualized code that will be mailed out on July 14th. Anyone needing assistance is encouraged to stop by Mary Herbert Education Center where staff will be available:
  • July 16-19, 7:30 to 5:30, Monday-Thursday
  • July 23-26, 7:30 to 5:30, Monday-Thursday
  • July 30-August 1, 7:30 to 4:00, Monday-Wednesday
The Back-to-School Breakfast and Convocation will be held on August 15th. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 am and convocation will begin at 9:00 am at Emporia High School.

Preschool Enrollment:
There are still slots available for 3-and 4-year-old preschool students at Maynard Early Childhood Center. Simply go online to enrollment documents and print the application. Applications can then be returned to Maynard Early Childhood Center from 8:30-11:30. Call 341-2260 if you have questions.

Final Notice
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 16-20, at Riverside, William Allen White and Walnut. Two sessions will be offered: one from 10:00 am - 11:45 am and a second session from 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm.  To register, contact the student's school of attendance for fall 2018.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report

Mayra Avalos
paraeducator/teacher aide, Logan Elementary

Ryan Anders
maintenance, Operational Services

Alesha Dierks
paraeducator/teacher aide, Logan Elementary

Melissa Hosch
teacher aide, Walnut Elementary

Kailey Cleaver
paraeducator, FHSEC

Karen Flood, June 2019
director of budgets & accounting, MHEC

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Board Approvals:
  • approved hearing officers for the USD 253 Special Education due process hearing officer list for the 2018-19 school year
  • approved Articles of Agreement and Financial Clarifications for the Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative
  • approved a Memorandum of Understanding supporting the smooth transition of children and families from Flint Hills tiny-k Part C early intervening services and Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative Part B early childhood special education services
  • approved software licenses for the 2018-19 school year as recommended by The Teaching and Learning department
  • approved the disposal of district technology equipment via internet auctions
  • approved annual appointments for various district positions, depositories for school funds, official paper for legal publications and a variety of other agents and coordinators
  • approved appointments to various committees for the 2018-19 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 (JEDAC)
    • Doug Epp, IBB representative, Melissa Ogleby, alternate 
    • Art Gutierrez, KASB delegate
    • Pending, Board Policy Review Committee
    • Art Gutierrez, Wellness Committee
  • approved board meeting dates for the 2018-19 school year. Board meetings will be held on the second Wednesday and fourth Wednesday (each month except November and December) at 7:00 pm
  • approved The Home Rule Resolution allowing the board to make local decisions for anything not forbidden by statute.
  • approved a resolution to be exempt from the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) requirements
  • approved a resolution stating that terms of board members that were scheduled to expire any time during 2019 will now expire on the second Monday in January 2020
  • approved the lowest bid for milk and juice products from EVCO for the 2018-19 school year
Discussion Items:
  • Rob Schieb, assistant superintendent of business, provided an update to the board on the timeline for the 2018-19 budget process
  • Kelly Bolin, assistant superintendent for human resources and Trevor Mathews, assistant principal at EHS, provided an introduction to the Tentative Standards for Safe and Secure Schools and an overview of the safety training staff received on June 11
  • Kelly Bolin, assistant superintendent for human resources, announced that USD 253 will be receiving a grant totaling $84,464 from the Kansas Legislatures's Safe and Secure Schools Act
  • Kevin Case, superintendent, shared updates regarding board goals including work that was done by the district leadership team and cabinet members

Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 7:30 a.m., Back-to-School Breakfast; 9:00 a.m., Convocation, Emporia High School
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center

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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801