Heather Wagner, Student & Family
specialist, informed the board about the Spartan Stop, a private pantry, laundry
and shower area for Emporia High School students who could benefit from additional support in order for their basic needs to be met.
The service will provide food, personal hygiene products, some clothing, access to laundry facilities, and eventually a private shower for students who are in need of such services. Students will be referred to the program and private interviews will determine specific needs. Students receiving services will be identified through a numbering system that allows their names to remain confidential.
The Spartan Stop, located near the cafeteria, is now being stocked and will be in operation in the near future.
Spartan Explorers Program
The board approved an agreement with the Fifth Judicial District Community Corrections Office for the
after-school program for EHS students who are also the court system. The program will offer classes in wood shop, auto mechanics, art, theater, physical education, and cooking through mid-May. Participation may result in general elective credit towards graduation and community service credit required by the court.
A Look at District Data
Superintendent Kevin Case talked to the board about his philosophy for using student achievement data. He wants administrators and teachers to look at data in multiple ways and use the information for ongoing improvement.
Dr. Ryan Karjala, associate executive director of Assessments & Accountability, showed the board the
new data page on the KSDE website
that allows districts to look at state assessment results by district, school, grades and subgroups.
Using the KSDE site, he created four data sets for
districts with a state university
that have some similarities with Emporia but ones that are performing at a higher level.
2017-18 EMS Course Guide
The board approved the 2017-18 course guide for Emporia Middle School. EMS students will begin enrolling in courses after parent-teacher conferences.
Other Board Business
The board approved:
- E-Rate funding for firewall management, internet filtering and installation of fiber optic cable at EHS
- updates and additions to board policies to align with changes recommended by KASB