Staff Bulletin | June 29, 2017
District News

Interest-Based Bargaining
* The final Interest Based Bargaining session was held Monday, June 26. During that meeting, a tentative agreement was reached for the 2017-18 contract. Information regarding the tentative agreement is being distributed to all certified staff members this week for their approval.
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Personnel Report


Amy Meyer
Therapy assistant, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative

Jose Ruiz
Custodian, Emporia Middle School

Amalia Gonzalez
Paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Makayla Brooks
Assistant cook, Food Services

Mary Bertwell Forsythe
Paraeducator, Timmerman

Jennifer Freeman
Paraeducator, Timmerman

Arasely Castillo
Paraeducator, Emporia High School

Carol Soyez
Paraeducator, Emporia High School

Kitty Frank
Paraeducator, Emporia High School

Ethan Martin
Teacher aide, Emporia High School

Theresa Klausmeyer
Paraeducator, Emporia High School

Danielle Hames
Speech language pathologist, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative

Emily Jaster
Half-time teacher and half-time strategist, Turning Point

Brandi Mitchell
Administrative intern, Village


Crista Grimwood
Special education, Walnut

Alyssa Strange
Teacher, Village

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Generous Donations
* For the second straight year, First United Methodist Church is donating school supplies for USD 253 students. Currently, students in grades K-8 benefit and the church is soliciting additional donations to expand the program. Parents of K-8 students only need to supply backpacks and facial tissue.

MealSp ot, the 2017 summer meals program, continues through July  an d a mobile food trailer will begin serving lunch meals July 3. 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. The district's summer meals program ends July 28.

In addition, the United Way of the Flint Hills is in the middle of its Summer Climbin' program at USD 253 summer meal sites. Activities including art, reading and yoga continue through July. Information is available at 
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Board Business

* USD 253 board members approved a memorandum of understanding between the district and Communities in Schools for case management services at Logan Avenue and Walnut. The program works through the Kansas Department for Children and Families to provide support for up to 40 disadvantaged, low-income or at-risk students already involved with KDCF. The district was notified it was approved in May. 


Also, the board:

  • Approved a status change for Brandi Mitchell at Village. Mitchell, currently a technology teacher, will serve as administrative intern. The change comes after Jami Dakin transferred to be Walnut's principal earlier this spring.
  • Heard a report on Kansas Education Systems Accreditation, the process replacing QPA for district accreditation. The five-year, continuous education process will be phased in during the 2017-18 academic year. This will focus on accrediting systems rather than individual buildings and will involve numerous stakeholders at the building and district level, including leadership teams and site councils.
  • Approved a continuation memorandum of understanding between the district and the Fifth Judicial District Community Corrections Department for the Spartan Explorers Afterschool Program.
  • Approved a change in physics teaching materials at Emporia High School.