Staff Bulletin |September 26, 2019

Students and their families enjoyed the 3rd annual  "Let's Go Fishing" event Saturday morning sponsored by the Migrant Education Program, Phil Taunton, and Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow.
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District News:

Opportunities to vote: 
We encourage all USD 253 patrons to vote in the upcoming bond election on November 5th.  Other opportunities to vote are listed below.  If you have any questions please contact Tammy Vopat at the Lyon County Clerk's office at 620-341-3243.
Homeless Education:
The term homeless children and youth means the lack of a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  For more information and what you should know click here . Heather Wagner, is the district Student and Family Resource Specialist and Homeless Liaison if you have questions please call her at 341-2396 or email  

Student and Family Resources Clothing Drive:
The annual clothing drive sponsored by Student and Family Resources will begin collecting donations on October 5th.  Please bring new or gently used clothing items to any of our collection sites. Available locations include Goods, Flinthills Mall, Dillons, KVOE, Emporia Mainstreet, and Emporia Gazette.

Early Resignation and Retirement Notification Incentive:
Any licensed teacher who has worked greater than two years in USD 253 who is planning to resign or retire at the end of the school year is eligible to receive an early notification stipend.  A written resignation or retirement notice must be submitted to the assistant superintendent of Human Resources. Stipends will be awarded according to the time table below at the end of the contract year. 
Written notification received by:
  • October 1st would receive $1,000
  • November 1st would receive $750
  • December 1st would receive $500
  • January 1st would receive $250
See the master contract for more information

Retirement Planning:
If you are a KPERS 1 or KPERS 2 member and thinking about retirement, click the links below to sign up for important information to help guide you to retirement:
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 insurance 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. Additional information will be emailed to all employees in a few days.  If you have questions, email Amy Larson at, Stephanie Morgan at , or Erica Markley at 

District Events:
EHS Theatre Kids Camp:
Kids ages 4-11 can get hands-on theatre experience with the Emporia High School Theatre students.  
Click here for more information and to register

Open House Opportunities: If you have not been inside your neighborhood schools recently, you are encouraged to visit them during one of our upcoming open houses. Village, Logan Avenue, William Allen White, Maynard, and Emporia Middle School will be open for tours and informal conversations on the following dates. 
  • Tuesday, October 15th, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 20th, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Timmerman 6th Annual HOWL-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest, Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Logan Avenue 5k Fun Run, November 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

9th Annual Walnut Turkey Day Dash , November 28, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
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Pamela Davis
paraeducator, USD 251 Northern Heights High School

Elizabeth De La Luz
custodian, Riverside Elementary

Maddison Paugh
paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Ana Bailon
teacher aide, Flint Hills Learning Center

Spencer Allacher
AVID tutor, Emporia High School

Abigail Wells
AVID tutor, Emporia High School

Triana Sanderson
AVID tutor, Emporia High School

Mary "Kathy" Madsen
assistant cook, Food SErvice

Kirsten Brooks
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Kimberly Lanzath
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Stacy Lee
grade 7 science, Emporia Middle School

Belinda Guzman
assistant cook, Food Service

Diana Hirt
instructional strategist, Village Elementary, May 2020

Michael "Mike" Perez
physical education, Walnut Elementary, May 2020 

Nancy Meinholdt
grade 2, Walnut Elementary, May 2020

Tina Mauzey
bus driver, Transportation

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Members of the First United Methodist Church and their community partners were recognized by the board for their generous donation of school supplies.

Students and their families participated in a variety of fun activities on Tuesday evening at the Maynard Family Fun Night.

Board Recognition:
The board recognized the First United Methodist Church for organizing the 2019-20 school supply donations and their major donors. Grace United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, Harry, Evelyn, and Ester Henrikson, United Methodist Men - FUMC, Jones Trust, Anette and Andy Legako, Reeble Foundation, Rotary Club of Emporia, Jamie Sauder (ERG), Paula Sauder, and Sauder Youth Fund.  Their generous donation purchased all school supplies for Emporia Public School students in all grades.

Board Approvals:
  • minutes from September 11, 2019
  • treasurer's report for August 2019
  • dispose of district school surplus and three vehicles via internet auction
  • grant of $1,000 from Frontier Farm Credit to William Allen White Elementary for a mini tallgrass prairie garden
  • lease extension agreement with the Flint Hills Mall in the amount of  $34,014 for 2019-2020
  • Memorandum of Understanding maintaining a positive working relationship with ECKAN Head Start and a smooth transition of students into or out of USD 253 special services
  • donation of $2,000 from Two Rivers Youth Soccer to Emporia Middle School to purchase equipment for the team
Board Updates:

Bond Update:
Kevin Case Superintendent, provided the following updates:
  • Maynard staff participated in a ThoughExchange to share their priorities for a new early learning center
  • weekly building spotlights are being published in the Gazette, emailed to staff, and emailed to parents Click here to view
  • building facts are posted each week on Facebook and Twitter
  • voter registration closes on October 15th
  • open houses will be held at EMS, Logan, Maynard, Village, and WAW 
    • October 15th 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    • October 20th 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • an early voting opportunity will be held on October 19th at the Flint Hills Mall 
  • the general election is on November 5th
Early Learning Facility Priorities:
The Board of Education continues to discuss, develop, and finalize priorities that they want to see included with the proposed new early learning facility.  Board members and those in attendance participated in a ThoughtExchange regarding early learning priorities. This allowed everyone the opportunity to share and prioritize their thoughts on what concepts are important in providing the best possible learning environment for all students. HTK will work collaboratively with USD 253 to begin including the top priorities into the next phase of the project. District representatives will be touring early learning facilities during the week of October 14 to gather additional information. 

Future Board Dates:
  • Friday, October 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Emporia High School Homecoming, ESU
  • 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
  • Wednesday, December 11, 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