Staff Bulletin | May 23 , 2018
On May 16, Emporia Public Schools recognized 33 retirees who have collectively worked for 566 ½ years for the district. We want to wish them all well in their retirement and thank them for all of the @EmporiaProud moments they created.
District News

Important Reminders from Payroll
  • payments will be made June 30 for employees requesting lump sum checks
  • employees making Section 125 changes for the summer need to notify the Business Office by June 1, 2018
Preschool Enrollment
If you haven't enrolled your 3- or 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. You can also stop by Maynard at 19 Constitution to fill out an application from 9 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday. Call 341-2260 if you have questions.

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 session 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


Christina Addison (2018-19)
physical education/health, Emporia Middle School

Monika Markus (2018-19)
music, Emporia Middle School

Christina Luttman
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Donna Sleezer
teacher aide, Walnut Elementary

Deanna Wagaman
paraeducator/teacher aide, Timmerman Elementary

Jack Heinrichs (2018-19)
teacher, Flint Hills Learning Center

Myrna Comstock (2018-19)
special education teacher, Emporia High School

Holly Ross (2018-19)
music, Village Elementary


Mica Coulter
special education teacher, USD 390

Melissa Gerleman
special education teacher, Village Elementary

Mitchell Garrett
assistant principal, Emporia High School

Miguel Lua
maintenance, Operational Services

Joseph Gehring Jr.
maintenance, Operational Services

Alizon Roth
science, Emporia Middle School

Tommie Gonsalez
school psychologist, FHSEC


Angie Bolz
administrative assistant, Teaching & Learning Department

William Lynn
paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary

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Students at Timmerman Elementary spent Wednesday outdoors having a camping day.  Teachers developed educational lessons based on camping concepts. This opportunity was made possible by the Hopkins Foundation grant received by instructional coach Stephanie Bosiljevac.

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Board Recognitions
The Board recognized Riverside Elementary - 4th grade math and reading, William Allen White - 3rd grade math and Emporia Middle School - 6th grade math as Challenge Award Recipients. The awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population. Certificates of Merit will be presented to each school by the Kansas State Board of Education.

Board Approvals
  • approved the amendment to the 2017-18 budget which included the addition of the drivers education budget and changes to the food service budget
  • approved to accept the 2018 Migrant Summer Services Grant of $23,125
  • approved a memorandum of understanding with Emporia State University for participation in the Teachers College Special Education Fellows Program
  • approved the Professional Development Council (PDC) Handbook
  • approved the contract between USD 253 and HTK Architects for the facility needs assessment
  • approved the 2018-19 fee schedule, keeping fees the same as 2017-18
  • approved meal prices for 2018-19 which include a $0.05 increase for breakfast and $0.10 increase for lunch
  • approved the 2018-19 student handbooks  
Board Updates
  • The board received an update on the success of the AVID program at Emporia Middle School and Emporia High School. AVID has been a program in Emporia Public Schools since the spring of 2010. Faculty members gave an overview of AVID and how the program helps students be successful and meet their goals of reaching post secondary success. High school AVID participants shared their testimonials and what the AVID program has meant to them.
  • The board received an update on the elementary school redesign concept from Kevin Case, superintendent of schools. He and Vicki Schweinler, executive director of elementary education, have visited all 6 elementary schools Building Leadership Teams. Two schools - Logan Avenue and William Allen White/TPA have expressed an interest in being redesign schools.  Building Leadership Teams will begin meeting to develop a proposal on what the redesign will include.  The driving force behind the redesign will be the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) and meeting the social emotional needs of students. The concept will be studied further over the summer and fall of 2018.
Future Board Dates
  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 5:30 p.m., KASB Advocacy Tour, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center 
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801