Staff Bulletin | September 14 , 2018
Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees, Laura Schwinn and Kelly Olson were recognized this past weekend at the 2019 Region 1 Celebration.
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District News

National School Security Guard Week:
September 16 - 22 is National School Security Guard Week. We would like to thank our district security guards Larry Clay, Jeff Illk and Willie Turner. They work hard everyday to provide security services at all of our activities and buildings.

September 15 Paycheck:
The September 15 paycheck is the first payroll for all employees in the current contract year. Be sure to check your pay stub in Skyward to make sure all of your deductions are correct. If you have questions, call Stephanie Morgan at 341-2228 or Erica Markley at 341-2428 in the Payroll Office.

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.

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

5K Run:
Get Your Motor Running 5K. Join us for the third annual Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative Occupational and Physical Therapies 5K run, Saturday, October 6, 2018. Be sure to register by September 19, to receive the discounted rate and be guaranteed a t-shirt.  Registration Form

United Way Campaign
All employees should have received information about the 2018 United Way of the Flint Hills campaign. Please return pledge forms to your building or department United Way captain by September 20.

Healthier Lyon County Coalition:
If you would like to complete the Lyon County Community Perception Survey through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways to a Healthy Kansas Grant, your participation would be greatly appreciated. The survey takes 3-4 minutes and one lucky winner will receive a Fitbit Blaze.

Tech Challenge:
Congratulations to Traci Meyer for the tech pop-tart challenge.  She correctly answered that the upside down symbol is known as a caron or an inverted circumflex.
Personnel Report


Amber Bernhardt
paraeducator, USD 252 - Neosho Rapids Elementary School

Heather Jones
flex bus driver, Transportation

Anne Fagg
paraeducator, USD 251 - Americus Elementary School

Devon Swartz
teacher aide, Flint Hills Learning Center

Faviola Ayala
teacher aide, Riverside Elementary School

Shirley Stair
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary School

Nicole Holderby
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Taylor Page
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Cheyenne DuBree
paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary School

Shannon McGrath
paraeducator, USD 386 Madison Elementary School

Erin Goodwin
paraeducator, Logan Avenue Elementary School

Shelby Pedersen
paraeducator, USD 252 - Olpe Elementary School

Shara Jacobs
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School


George Elliott
bus driver, Transportation, August 2018

Lori Tabares
instructional strategist, Timmerman Elementary School, May 2019

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Board Approvals:
  • approved Melissa Ogleby to represent the Board of Education on the Board Policy Review Committee for 2018-19.
  • approved the Memorandum of Agreement for a Concurrent Enrollment Partnership with Emporia State University. Five approved courses are available during the regular school day for $100 per credit hour. This allows EHS students the opportunity to earn high school and post-secondary credit at the same time.
  • approved to repair the chiller capacitor bank at Village Elementary for $29,529.75.
Board Information:

Kindergarten Ramp Up: Vicki Schweinler, Executive Director of Elementary Education and Judy Stanley, Associate Director of Teaching and Learning provided information on the week-long Kindergarten Ramp Up program that has been offered during the past two summers. They provided an overview of the program, benefits to students who participated and marketing strategies used to encourage attendance.

Beginning of school year update: Kevin Case, Superintendent of Schools, gave an overview of how well the start of school has been going.
  • New teachers began training at the end of July
  • Mary Herbert staff all volunteered to help make the back-to-school breakfast and convocation a huge success
  • Jump Start day for new students and students who transitioned buildings went very well
  • First day of school ran well due to all of the great people that work at Emporia schools
HTK Update:   HTK architects provided their monthly update and timeline for the next several months.
  • Safety and Security Update: Additional information was provided specifically on securing building entrances. 
  • Interviews with staff at Emporia High School have been completed with the remaining buildings to have meetings with staff in the next two weeks.
  • HTK will seek board input during the October 10th board meeting. 
  • Community listening sessions are planned during the months of October and November, be watching for additional information as input from all stakeholders is important.
  • HTK will present recommendations from the District Facility Needs Assessment to the school board in January.
Approved Donations:
T he following donations were approved for EHS activities. Business names will be featured on the Rolodex in the main gym at EHS and in all home game sports programs.
  • Edward Jones, $1,000 per year for 5 years
  • Longbine Auto, $1,000 per year for 5 years
  • Newman Regional Health Medical Partners, $1,000 per year for 5 years
  • Boost Mobile of Kansas City, $500 per year for 5 years
  • Newman Regional Health Partners, $1,250 per year for 1 year
Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m., KASB Fall Regional, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Friday, October 5, 2018, 6:30 p.m., EHS Homecoming in President's Box, Welch Stadium, ESU
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
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Emporia, Kansas 66801