Staff Bulletin | May 25, 2017
District News

Important Reminders
Memorial Day is Monday. Please have a happy and safe holiday weekend.

* The National Teachers Hall of Fame is reminding teachers to RSVP to attend the NTHF annual induction banquet at the ESU Memorial Union Webb Hall on June 23. The event is free to attend. RSVP deadline is June 9. Call 341-5660 or email to reserve your spots.

* Maynard Early Childhood Center still has some preschool openings for 3- and 4-year-olds. Staff will be available at Maynard from 8-11:30 am Mondays through Thursdays from June 5-22. Applications are also available at Mary Herbert. Call Maynard at 341-2260 or email with questions. Also, call Mary Herbert at 341-2396.

* First United Methodist Church will cover the costs of providing school supplies for pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students for this academic year after covering school supply costs for all USD 253 students last year. FUMC is currently looking for other partners to expand its donation. Boxing and delivery day is tentatively set for July 31.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Carly Carman
Teacher, Walnut

Mikayla Jackson Barth
Teacher, Logan Avenue

Kacey Schmidtendorf
Teacher, Logan Avenue

Jason Torrens
Electrician, Maintenance

Joshua Dunn
Custodian, Village

Debra Grossenbacher
Assistant cook, Food Service

Emily Jaster
Paraeducator/teacher aide, Logan Avenue

Francisco Reyna
Custodian, Riverside

Stephanie Taylor
Teacher, Village


John Martin
Assistant principal/athletic director, Emporia Middle School

Rachael Smith Hyatt
Special education teacher, Emporia Middle School

Jennie Woods
Teacher, Logan Avenue

Cristy Flippin
Special education teacher, Madison-Virgil

Eva Arevalo
Teacher, Emporia High School


Terry Frazier
Custodian, Emporia Middle School

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2017 Hopkins Awards
* Congratulations to these seven employees who were honored with Hopkins Awards on May 18:

  • Christy Dragonas, language arts teacher, Emporia Middle School
  • Gary Loucks, custodian, Timmerman Elementary
  • Jana Marstall, business teacher, Emporia High School
  • Jennifer Rutledge, paraeducator/aide, Village Elementary
  • Josh Pavlik, art department chair, Emporia High School
  • Marc Price, accounts payable, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Renae Tegtmeier, secretary/bookkeeper, Emporia High School

* Fifth-grade students at Riverside Elementary School donated $500 each to Abundant Harvest, the David Traylor Zoo and the Emporia High Spartan Stop on May 19 after selling Threads of Hope bracelets and holding a fundraising lock-in earlier in the school year.

* The National Teachers Hall of Fame and Hostess Brands partnered to give USD 253 bus drivers and staffers Twinkies for Transporters on May 19. This was the first year such a "thank-you" was held.

* Emporia High Special Education Life Skills Instructor Michele Wells received a $500 classroom grant from the Kansas Association of American Educators.

MealSp ot, the 2017 summer meals program, opens at four locations May 30 an d a mobile food trailer has been added. Free breakfast and lunch will be served to anyone 18 and younger on weekdays at EMS, Riverside, Village & WA White schools. The food trailer will serve meals from the Emporia Public Library and possibly one or more locations. Watch for the MealSpot mobile locations on Locations also will be announced on KVOE shortly before 7 am each weekday.
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Budget Business

The state's fiscal 2017-18 budget is not settled, but USD 253 is preparing for the final version. The district's special budget study session is tentatively set for 7 p.m. July 26. The meeting is open to the public and is an opportunity to learn details about the budget and ask questions. Click here for other important dates.

Other Board Business


  • Approved changes to 2017-18 student handbooks.
  • Approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative and East Central Kansas Action Network.
  • Approved the 2017 Migrant Summer Services Grant worth $30,062.
  • Approved a donation of $2,426.58 from the Walnut School PTO to Walnut School for keyboards, headphones, activity materials and disc golf equipment.
  • Approved a grant of $2,000 from DuPont to Emporia High for the Crop and Range Management class.
  • Approved a procurement policy for obtaining federal grants.