Staff Bulletin |September 12, 2019

Fourth-grade students at Logan Avenue have spent the last few days learning about the responsibilities of being good citizens as a part of their PBL lessons.
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District News:

Tickets for Athletic Events:
  • district employees are able to use their district ID badge to get themselves and a guest into any home EHS game.
  • season tickets for the 2019-20 season are adults $70, grade school $35
  • football-only season tickets are adults $16, grade school $12
  • season tickets can be purchased at Emporia High School and the Community Relations Office at Mary Herbert Education Center
  • individual game tickets can be purchased at each event, adults $5, students $4

Retirement Planning:

If you are a KPERS 1 or KPERS 2 member and are thinking about retirement, click the links below to sign up for important information to help guide you through the process:
Click here for additional retirement and KPERS information

KPERS Optional Life Insurance:
KPERS Optional Life Insurance open enrollment is September 1-30.  As part of your KPERS benefits, you have the opportunity to purchase additional coverage beyond KPERS basic life insurance.  You can decide how much you need and pay your premiums through payroll deduction. For additional information please review the KPERS handout 
open enrollment handout  and KPERS optional life lnsurance website

Personal Illness Pool:
The deadline to start your involvement in the Personal Illness Pool is Tuesday, October 1. All employees on contract or work agreement are eligible to participate.  If you are already participating in the pool, it will remain in effect as long as you are with USD 253, unless you inform the Payroll Office that you no longer wish to participate. If you have questions, email  Amy Larson at, Stephanie Morgan at , or Erica Markley at t

October 1 Early Retirement:
October 1st is the deadline for certified staff to submit to the Board of Education early notification for resignation or retirement and receive the $1,000 bonus.

Voting Dates:
If you have not yet had the opportunity to register to vote, or need more information about voting timelines and options, check out the information in the board updates or feel free to contact Tammy Vopat at the County Clerk's office at 620-341-3243.

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, want flexibility in their schedule, or who has 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.

Sherril Crow
teacher aide, Flint Hills Learning Center

Buddy Welch
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Ann White
paraeducator, Riverside 

Megan Ruiz
bus para, transportation

Jessica Gutierrez
paraeducator, USD 390 Hamilton Elementry

Quincy Cox
AVID tutor, Emporia High School

Rhiannon Howard
AVID tutor, Emporia High School

Christopher Teeter
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Angela Sigle
food service, Timmerman

Briana Nava
paraeducator/aide, Village

Jeanine Guthrie
instructional strategist, Village  May 2020

Sherry Edmiston,
special education coordinator, FHSEC-USD 251, June 2020

Stefani Moyer
paraeducator, USD 417 CGJRSRHS

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The Emporia High cycling club received a donation from the Babes on Bikes club to help cover race entry fees and other club expenses. 

Danielle Albert, elementary art teacher, was recognized this past Saturday at the K-State football game along with other teachers from across Kansas in the College Football Playoff's Extra Yard for Teachers Promotion.

Board Approvals:
  • minutes from August 28, 2019
  • fiscal payments for August 2019
  • donation of $895 from Babes on Bikes Emporia to the EHS cycling club 
  • grant of $3900 from the Kansas Masonic Foundation to implement the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center at Logan Avenue
  • MOU between USD 253 and CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness Center for onsite case management and therapeutic services
  • MOU between USD 253 and Lyon County Extension Council to provide nutrition education to all fifth-grade classrooms
  • purchase of three full-size SUV's from John North Ford for student transportation
Board Updates:

Bond Publication Update and early voting dates:
The required notifications for the November 5th bond election have been published . Printed publication dates were on August 24th and August 31st. Additionally, the Gazette has published the first three weekly informational articles in an ongoing series spotlighting how the bond will impact each building.

Voting/Registration Dates:

October 15th
Voter Registration Closes
October 16th
Advance Mail Ballot Voting Begins
October 19th
Saturday Voting (Flint Hills Mall)
October 21st
Advance Voting in Office Begins-Mobile Voting Begins
November 4th
Advance Voting Ends (noon)
November 5th
City and School General Election

Early Learning Center Update:
Kevin Case, Superintendent of Schools and Zach Snethen, of HTK Architects provided board members with information relating to early learning facilities.  Given the local, state, and national focus on early learning, the landscape of early learning facilities is currently being shaped and developed. Pictures of a  number of examples of facilities designed specifically for early learning were shared. It was stressed that the district is planning to utilize input from all stakeholders to develop a purposeful early childhood learning environment. The intent is to utilize the best of the past, present, and future to develop programming that meets the needs of students in USD 253.    
During the next few weeks, we will be working with Maynard staff, board members, and stakeholders to gather thoughts and ideas regarding what is important as we continue to develop our vision for an early learning facility. Click here for the complete report "Preparing for the class of 2036"

Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, November 13, 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