Staff Bulletin | February 16, 2018
District News

Getting Ready to Retire?
Are you within five years of retirement? Not sure when and how to take that first step? You're invited to our spring pre-retirement seminars and quarterly webinars. Register today to secure a spot! Beginning February 28, (see dates and locations) for questions call 1-888-257-5737 or email
Seminars & Webinars
To help you manage your finances and prepare for retirement, KPERS 457 is continuing its no-cost, in-person seminars (February 26-March 2) and online webinars (March 5-9). They're open to ALL employees, and you don't need to save with KPERS 457 to attend. For more information
Telehealth services through American Well (Amwell) connects Emporia Public School employees with a doctor anytime, anywhere. Check Telehealth for more information.

Understanding Your Benefits
CO-ENEA Sponsored,
Thursday February 22
9:45 - 10:45 am, Understanding KPERS Tier 1 by Karen Yeager

11:00 - 12:00 pm, Understanding American Fidelity and how to Maximize your Insurance Benefit
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Riley Sorem (2018-19)
teacher, EMS

Chelsea Miller (2018-19)
teacher, Walnut 

Judy Stanley (2018-19)
associate executive director of Teaching and Learning, MHEC

Garrett Tatro
paraeducator, Neosho Rapids Elementary

Atalin Doudican
paraeducator, Neosho Rapids Elementary

Claudia Vasquez
paraeducator, Maynard

Clara Ibarra
paraeducator, Maynard

Megan George
paraeducator/teacher aide, Timmerman

Christina Garcia
bus aide, Transportation


Brenda Galindo
teacher aide, Riverside

Andrea Booth
paraeducator/teacher aide, Logan Ave

Alicia Herrarte
teacher aide, EMS

Amy Ruge
paraeducator, Timmerman

Brittany Bontrager
grade 5, Timmerman

Morgan Hallstrom
special education, EHS

Melissa Hoyle
grade 8 science, EMS

Stacy Barreira
grade 1, WA White/TPA


Brenda Boyce
building support technician, Village/Walnut 

Karen Kaniper
counselor, EMS 

Kay Mason-Schmidt
grade 2, Walnut 

Marsha Peterson
teacher aide, Walnut 

Melissa Sears
special education, Walnut

Mike McDougald
special education, Olpe Jr/Sr High

Becky Hanson
head secretary, Village 

Donna Young
library clerk, WA White


Ashley Mendoza
paraeducator, Olpe Elementary

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The board recognized Kelly Oberheu, math teacher at Emporia High School who is among the 32 Kansas Horizon Award winners announced in early January. The Kansas Horizon Awards recognize exemplary beginning teachers who perform their first year in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.

Frances Wecker, EHS science teacher, speaks to community members in the greenhouse at the Community Summit earlier this week.

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The board recognized Katana Dobson, Payton Harmon, Emma Persinger and Nickolas Velo, Emporia High School debaters for being named National Forensic League (NFL) All-Americans for speech and debate excellence and academic success. To be recognized students were required to have a 3.7 GPA or higher, an ACT score of 27+ or an SAT score of 2000+. The students hold an NFL degree of Superior Distinction and have also demonstrated outstanding character and leadership.  The board also recognized their coach Scott Bonnet for his outstanding leadership and success of the debate program.

Thank you to Tom and Ida Haag for donating $3,000 to the Emporia High boys and girls golf teams. The donation will be used for weather-related golf apparel.

Hopkins Foundation Tuition Assistance Program
Following discussion, the Board agreed to table this item until the March board meeting in order to gather additional information about the process for providing tuition assistance to EHS students enrolled in post secondary courses at Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College.

Summer Drivers Education
The Board approved the Greenbush online Drivers Education curriculum as the local curriculum so the school district can offer a summer 2018 driver's education program.  There will be an enrollment fee of $200 per student and Greenbush will provide an online instructor and in-car instructor(s).

Other Board Business

Roof Replacement
The board approved to solicit bids for replacement of the roof at Village Elementary School. The Village roof was selected because of the condition of the roof. 

Chromebook Replacement:
The Board approved to solicit bids for replacing 4,500 Chromebooks. The current Chromebook lease expires at the end of the school year.

Bus Replacement:
The Board approved to solicit bids for one route bus and one special education bus. Emporia Public Schools applied for the the School Bus Rebate Program. The buses would need to comply with the rebate specifications to receive $20,000 for each bus.

Board Policy Updates:
The Board approved board policy updates to align with revised state statues.

SO66 Audit Results:
Rob Scheib, Assistant Superintendent of Business, shared the final results of the KSDE superintendent's organization report audit

Facility Needs Assessment:
The Board appointed a committee to begin the process of interviewing and recommending an architect and CM At-risk company to conduct a needs assessment for district facilities.

Upcoming Dates:
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018, 12:00 p.m., Board Visit to Emporia Middle School
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
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