Staff Bulletin | April 13, 2017
District News

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 penalty.

2017 Corporate Challenge
District employees who are interested in participating in the 2017 Corporate Challenge in August should contact Jill Lynch at Walnut. She will start putting the team together in late June. Last year, the district had two teams. Corporate Challenge is an approved Wellness Activity.

KPERS Annual Statement
Members can view their 2016 annual statement by logging in to your accounts on the website

EMPAC April Newsletter
Read this month's newsletter from EMPAC.
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Katherine Smith
paraeducator, WA White

Alejandra Dominguez
paraeducator, Maynard

Elena Espinoza Ortiz
flex worker, Food Service

Tabitha Carrell
paraeducator, EMS

Carol Goekler
teacher aide, Village

Kathleen Williams
paraeducator, Maynard

Megan King
bus paraeducator, Transportation

Rebecca Herrera
bus aide, Transportation

Kaitlin Major
paraeducator, North Lyon County

Abigail Newport
paraeducator, Timmerman

Alfredo Carrillo
teacher aide, EMS

Stephanie Hammond
Rule 10 asst volleyball coach, EHS

Danica Johnson
special education, Council Grove

Callie Windholz
assignment to be determined, EMS


Cheryl Schoenberger
behavior specialist, Logan Avenue

Jeni Barnett
grade 8 Language Arts, EMS

Kayla Taliaferro
special education, EMS

Madeline Fowler
special education, Walnut

Nicole Blakemore
grade 7 Science, EMS

Shelby Ross
grade 4, WA White

Stephanie Torres Juarez

Wendy Baumgardner
principal, EMS

Sarah Sweenie
grade 1, Walnut

Alexis Cain
grade 2, Village

Shelly Hoyt
special education, Madison

Connie Staley
special education, FHSEC

Grant Bachura
teacher intern, EHS


Jennifer Durham
teacher aide, Walnut

Les Key
bus driver, Transportation

Mary Rodriguez
head secretary, Maynard

Wendy Fancher
head secretary, WA White

Bill Smith
bus driver/maintenance, Transportation

Diana Delgado
attendance secretary, EHS

Chris Harvel
director, Infrastructure & Security

EHS journalism teacher Laura Schwinn was honored with the 2017 Kansas Master Teacher class on April 5 at ESU.

Staff Recognition Is 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 26 employees retiring.

Sign-up sheets will be posted in all buildings starting April 24. Be sure to include any guests you plan to bring. The event is free for all employees and a guest.

School Retirement Receptions
  • Maggie Henricks, Food Service, May 3, 2 pm, EHS Cafeteria Commons
  • Vicky Taber, Timmerman, May 15, 3:30-5:30 pm, Timmerman Library
Preschool Enrollment at Maynard
Maynard Early Childhood Center will take enrollment applications for the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, April 25, from 7 am to 5 pm. No appointment is neededWe offer free half-day preschool for eligible 3- and 4-year-old children.  Parents are asked to bring their child's birth certificate, immunization records and a recent physical exam. Parents also will need income information if they wish to complete an application for free/reduced lunch benefits. For more information, call the school at 341-2260.
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Emporia Public Schools
17-18 Calendar Revised
18-19 Calendar Adopted
The board approved revisions to the 2017-18 academic calendar to reflect the end of the STREAM Grant. Three days were removed, one day from each trimester.

The board also adopted an academic calendar for 2018-19. Both calendars were recommended by the Professional Development Council after considering staff and parent input.

 Revised 2017-18 Calendar

Adopted 2018-19 Calendar


Education Commissioner Visit
Superintendent Kevin Case discussed the recent visit from Education Commissioner Randy Watson to Emporia. Dr. Watson met with principals and district administrators on March 30 to share new data on post-secondary success in Kansas school districts. 

Other Board Business:
The board approved the following:
  • request to add an assistant principal at Emporia Middle School to reflect a projected enrollment increase at the middle level
  • request to purchase a used bus for $50,046 from Kansas Truck Equipment Co.
  • policy updates as recommended by KASB
  • fee schedule for 2017-18, including a $20 technology fee that will be reduced for students eligible for free/reduced meals
  • meal prices for 2017-18
Consent Agenda Approvals
  • request to dispose of surplus technology equipment
  • a $2,500 donation to The Spartan Stop from the St. Patrick's Day Committee
  • a $950 donation from Timmerman PTO to install an automated gate
  • a $1,000 donation to Logan Avenue from the Clint Bowyer 79 Fund for STEM supplies
  • a $3,500 donation to EMS from the Clint Bowyer 79 Fund for a wrestling mat

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