Staff Bulletin | May 11, 2017
District News

Staff Recognition May 17
The district Staff Recognition Reception & Program will be at  5 pm Wednesday, May 17, in the EHS commons . The program will recognize district length-of-service awards, special awards received by staff during the past year, and the retiring employees. As of today, we have 27 employees retiring.

Important Reminders
Lump sum payments  
will be made June 30.

* Employees making  Section 125 changes for the summer need to notify the Business Office by June 1, 2017.
* Official  transcripts and college hour forms must be received in the Business office by Sept 1, 2017, for any certified staff moving on the salary schedule.

News From KPERS
Is your retirement safe? Find out here.

Resign Without Penalty
Reminder to any certified staff considering a job change:  You can submit a resignation on or before June 2 to avoid paying a pe nalty.
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Jack Heinrichs
.5 teacher, Flint Hills Learning Ctr

Meghan Buller
special education math, EMS

Blair Falldine
English/ESL, EHS

Rebecca Herrig
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Angela Brewer
flex worker, Food Service

John Lexow
adjunct faculty, FHLC

Esenia Zuniga
paraeducator, Riverside

Keith Glotzbach
assistant principal, EMS

Amanda Schaefer
instructional strategist, EMS


Craig Anderson
general maintenance, Operational Services/EHS

Madisyn Demler
paraeducator, Walnut

Kayla Neer
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Ryan Nichols
music, WA White/TPA

Kailee Dettmann
school psychologist, FHSEC

Dr. Andy Koenigs
Assoc Supt Human Resources


Christine Dieker
paraeducator, EMS


Kathleen Williams
paraeducator, Maynard

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2017 Hopkins Awards
Congratulations to these four long-time employees who received Hopkins Awards May 3 for excelling in their support of students.
  • Marsha Peterson, teacher aide, Walnut Elementary
  • Brandi Morris, teacher aide, W.A. White Elementary
  • Mary Rodriguez, secretary, Maynard Early Childhood Center
  • Kelly Olson, special education teacher, Riverside Elementary

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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TPA Advisory Council
Superintendent Kevin Case updated the board on discussions with the recently appointed TPA Advisory Council. The advisory council's charge is to provide input to the board of education regarding possibilities, direction, needs and aspirations for TPA.  Council members are:
  • Susan Brinkman, BOE member
  • Doug Epp, BOE member
  • Ashley Clark, K4 lead teacher
  • Tammy Ehr, parent
  • Marci Neff, parent
  • Megan Glenn, parent
  • Shalla Bennett, former TPA parent
  • Tell Kirk, principal
  • Vicki Schweinler, Executive Director of Elementary Education
  • Kevin Case, Superintendent
  • Tammy Torrens, TPA 6-8 Instructor, TPA Program Developer (2017-18)
The council will continue to meet and work with Tammy Torrens, who will be serving in a dual capacity for the 2017-18 school year.  Tammy will be an instructor for the 6-8 TPA program along with devoting the other half of her day to program development for a school of choice to open in August of 2018.

Adult Education Report
Jason Hendry, director of the Flint Hills Technical College Adult Education Center, presented information on how the .5 mill tax levy for adult education is used. The half mill is levied through USD 253 to help support the GED and ESL programs offered through the Adult Education Center.

Bond Refinancing
The board approved a bond purchase agreement to refinance existing bonds. The sale will save $233,875 in interest. The board also approved a new IRS-required policy and compliance procedure resolution related to the refinancing. This is the fourth refinancing of the 2000 bonds, which has resulted in $2,013,074 in interest savings

Other Board Business
  • Accepted a $25,000 grant from the Jones Foundation to the EHS Spartan Stop
  • Accepted a $6,118.20 donation from the Timmerman PTO to purchase a two-year site license for online literacy resources.
  • Approved changes to EHS course offerings for 2017-18 that provide more flexibility for students to meet graduation requirements
  • Approved an agreement to continue the JAG program at EHS for two years with the district contributing $13,000 per year
  • Approved the purchase of warranty services for wireless controller and security firewall
  • Reviewed the 2017-18 student handbooks