Staff Bulletin |May 10, 2019
Graduating seniors from EHS return to their elementary schools to share their success stories and post-secondary career plans with current students.
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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 are retired or who 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!

Payroll Direct Deposit
If you are needing 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.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Employee Benefit
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Maintenance Department Summer Help:
Maintenance is looking to fill some temporary summer positions for mowing, grounds care, and building maintenance. Current employees interested in applying should contact Amy Larson  Persons who are interested but not already a USD 253 employee should go to the website to apply.

Mental Health Awareness Month:
May is mental health month and New Directions, our employee assistance program, offers a variety of resources and key information.  Click here for your resource guide

Preschool Enrollment:
If you haven't enrolled your 3-4 year-old for preschool through Emporia Public Schools, there is time to apply right now.  Simply go online to to print the application and return it to Maynard Early Childhood Center.  Also, stop by Maynard at 19 Constitution to fill out an application from 9 - 5 Monday - Friday. Call 341-2260 if you have questions.

District Events
Emporia Public Schools Staff Recognition Save the date:
On May 15th at Emporia High School, the district will be recognizing staff members who are retiring as well as those who have worked for Emporia Public Schools for fifteen, twenty-five, or thirty-five years.  Refreshments will be available at 5:00 pm with the recognition program beginning at 5:30 pm. All staff are welcome to attend.

Retirement Receptions:
  • May 13, Maynard Gym, 4:00 p.m. Susan Cates
  • May 13, Emporia Middle School Library, 3:30 p.m. Julie Voelz & Melanie Madden
  • May 16, Timmerman Library, 3:30 p.m. Nancy England, Cindy Francis, Gary Loucks, and Lori Tabares
  • May 17, Walnut Library, 4:00 p.m. Rene Jenkins
  • May 22, Maynard Gym, 4:00, p.m.Karen Pendlay
  • May 22, Logan Avenue Library, 4:00 p.m. Leza Underwood
Crayons for Kids:
If you are planning to discard old crayons at the end of the school year,  please consider donating them to Communities in Schools. Click here for more information.
Kathleen Caddell
assistant cook, Food Service, August 2019

Leticia Sanchez
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

David Velasquez
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Zachary Dreher
rule 10 Assistant Football Coach, Emporia High School, August 2019

Sunny Griswold
rule 10 Assistant Volleyball Coach, Emporia High School, August 2019

Victoria Lewis
gifted, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative, August 2019

Taylor Scott
physical education, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Valerie Mitchell
English language arts, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Walker Ayers
grade 5, Village Elementary, August 2019

Rachel Hyatt
special education, Emporia High School, August 2019

Rebecca "Becki" Goodman
special education, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative

Megan Espitia
grade 2, Riverside Elementary

Shawna Caro
English language Arts, Emporia Middle School

Maddison Paugh
paraeducator, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative

Michael Atchison
special education, Emporia Middle School

Michael Sauer
special education, Emporia High School

Carolyn Herndon
bus driver, Transportation, July 2019

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Gifted students enjoy their time at Mary Herbert Education Center participating in the Flint Hills Special Education Gifted Expo. Students shared their individual projects and collaborated together in a variety of educational activities.

Board Updates
  • Dr. Britton Hart, EHS Principal, Joy Haegert, EHS Counselor, and Wade Redeker, Executive Director of Secondary Education shared data related to Emporia High School's progress with Kansans Can Outcomes. The team shared data points on Social-Emotional Learning, Individual Plan of Study, Graduation Rates and Postsecondary Success which are four of the five pillars for Kansans Can. Click here for EHS Kansans Can Outcome Data
  • Zach Snethen of HTK Architects, provided a summary of needs assessment feedback that has been collected from both the community and building meetings with USD 253 staff. The feedback will allow for clarification on specific details as the district proceeds with refining and clarifying the scope of work for each building.
  • Dustin Avey, managing director with Piper Jaffray reviewed the bond financial plan that has been developed to address the building needs identified from the district facilities needs assessment. Avey also answered questions and provided a taxpayer cost analysis for Lyon County property owners.
  • Gina Riekhof of Gilmore and Bell was present to answer any final questions regarding the formal action to start the legal process for holding a bond election on September 5, 2019. She recommended the board adopt Resolution 2019-7 authorizing and providing for the calling of a bond election for USD 253.
  • Additional and current information regarding the bond election or the facility needs assessment can be found on the district website. If you have questions or would like to discuss any details more in-depth please call 341-2200 or email
Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m., District Staff Recognition, Emporia High School
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m., Emporia High School Graduation, W. L. White Auditorium
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Friday, May 24, 2019, 8:00 a.m., Logan Avenue Assembly, Logan Avenue Elementary School
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 7:00 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