Staff Bulletin |June 13, 2019
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Work continues this summer for secure entrances in each of our buildings when school starts this fall.

Certified Staff Reminder:
If you have not done so already please remember to vote for the 2019-20 Tentative Agreement.  Go to your district email for the link.

Reminders from Human Resources:
July 1
  • staff members resigning on July 1st shall pay the district $2000
  • any staff member resigning after July 1st shall pay an additional $50 per day until the written resignation is received in the central office
August 1
  • staff members resigning on or after August 1st shall pay the district $5000
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 people who may be retired or want 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. Click here to apply!

Reminders from Payroll:
  • for employees requesting lump-sum checks, payments will be made June 28
  • If you need to update your direct deposit account, those changes need to be made in person with Payroll at Mary Herbert Education Center.  For security reasons, these changes cannot be made by phone or email. Please contact Erica Markley 341-2428 or Stephanie Morgan 341-2228 if you have any questions. You can also email them at
Preschool Enrollment:
Preschool enrollment continues for Emporia Public Schools.  Simply go online to to print the application for 3 or 4-year-old students and return it to Maynard Early Childhood Center.  Also, stop by Maynard at 19 Constitution to fill out an application from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Call 341-2260 if you have questions.

Silver Dollar City Celebrates Teachers:
During the month of June, teachers receive free admission to Silver Dollar City.   Click here for details 

District Events
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 a.m., 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.

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.  To register, contact your student's school of attendance for fall 2019.

Emporia State University Sponsored Summer Research Program:
Expressions Through Art, a new summer theatre program for the differently abled, will present an adaption of Peter Pan. For more information or to refer a student, contact Carissa McAfee at
Brett Reichert
special education, William Allen White, August 2019

Jonathan Ortiz
grade 6 social science, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Megan Gerard
grade 3, Timmerman, August 2019

Arijana Cook
special education, Emporia High School, August 2019

Elizabeth Brooks
assistant cook, Food Service, August 2019

Laura Ramirez
paraeducator, USD 386, Madison Elementary, August 2019

Michael Monroe
bus driver, Transportation

Kelly Westcott
bus driver, Transportation

Casey Jones
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/Board of Education Clerk, Mary Herbert

Amber Rausch
paraeducator, USD 284, Chase County Jr/Sr High, August 2019

Alexis Rice
teacher aide, Walnut, August 2019

Kristine Schmidt
gifted, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative

Kathryn Whitcomb
grade 6 science, Emporia Middle School

Laura Evins
early childhood special education, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Hugo Escobar
head custodian, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

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Thank you to our maintenance staff for all of their hard work during the summer months to get our schools ready for classes in August.

Board Approvals:
  • minutes from May 22
  • treasurer's report for May 2019
  • 2018-2019 Site Council reports
  • Teaching and Learning software agreements
  • donation to William Allen White Elementary of $1209.20 from WAW PTO for student field trips
  • donation to Walnut Elementary of $866.31 from Walnut PTO for student field trips
  • donation to Spartan Stop of $1,000 from Emporia Community Foundation
  • grant to Village teacher Annisa Lord of $550 from Walmart and $522 from the Earl and Stelouise Sauder Youth Assistance Fund through the Emporia Community Foundation to transition her classroom to a STEAM classroom
  • grant to Food Service from KSDE of $8,300 to implement a "grab and go" option to increase student participation in the breakfast program at Emporia High
  • purchase of Advanced Placement World History textbooks
  • purchase of Forensic Science textbooks
  • formation of an Early Learning Facility Task Force
  • amendment to the USD 253 2018-2019 for Bilingual Education funds budget
  • fee schedule for 2019-20 school year
  • purchase of KASB student accident insurance to cover all students
  • renew the district's property and casualty insurance with CBIZ Insurance Services Inc. 
  • lowest bid for fluid milk and juice products from EVCO for the 2019-20 school year
  • KSDE Safe and Secure grant application to secure secondary doors at each school and upgrade video surveillance cameras
Board Discussion:
Kelly Bolin, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, provided the board with an employment update summarizing certified employee resignations and retirements. The report provided a five-year history identifying various reasons why teachers leave Emporia Schools. Click here for report details

Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, July 10, 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