Staff Bulletin | January 12, 2017
District News

New  Tech Talks Series
Begins Jan 19 at Village
The Technology Department has scheduled the first of a series of "Tech Talks" for staff to discuss and learn about technology tools for the classroom. 
The first session will be at 3:30 pm Thursday, January 19, at Village. Village teacher Alyssa Strong will demonstrate using EDpuzzle. There also will be time for open discussion with other teacher and technology staff. The session is voluntary and open to all district staff. Sign up here to ensure you have a seat!

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Personnel Report


Petra Williams
teacher intern, WA White

Rachael Werth
teacher intern, Village

Tara Abendroth
teacher intern, Walnut

Josey Sands
English, EHS (8/17)

Amanda Herrman
elementary teacher, Timmerman (8/17)

Holly Davis
grade 1, Riverside (8/17)

Jodi Case
teacher, assignment TBD (8/17)

Claire Gordon
paraeducator, Walnut

Alondra Perez
teacher aide, EMS

Andrew Blakemore
AVID tutor, EHS

Ashley Sherwood
AVID tutor, EHS

Audrey Desrosiers
AVID tutor, EMS

Danielle Nortier
paraeducator/aide, Village

Trista Smith
paraeducator, Chase County

Tasha Cooper
bus paraeducator, Transportation

Liliana Alvarez
paraeducator, Logan Avenue


Allyson Jensen
paraeducator, Timmerman

Mackenzie Jackson
paraeducator, Neosho Rapids

Rhonda Potter
paraeducator, Chase County

Jennifer Crawford
paraeducator, Chase County

Dodge Casteel
paraeducator, EMS

Mariah Holt
paraeducator, Timmerman


Vicky Taber
lead cook, Food Service


Veronica Rojas Benitez
bus aide, Transportation

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Emporia Master Teacher  

EHS teacher Laura Schwinn has been selected as the Emporia Master Teacher for 2017. The award was announced before winter break at an EHS faculty meeting. She will represent the district in the 2017 Kansas Master Teacher Program.

Randy Wells Scholarship
Randy Wells, Strength and Power Training instructor at Emporia High School, was recently awarded a $500 Teacher Scholarship by the Kansas Association of American Educators (KANAAE), a professional educators' association serving Kansas educators. Wells will be using the funds to attend the National Strength and Conditioning Conference in Nashville.

Teacher Interns Join Staff
On January 4, the district welcomed 10 new teachers and teacher interns to the staff.  During the second half of the school year, the interns will serve as full-time permanent substitutes and participate in professional development and other teacher responsibilities. 

Matt Fowler, district electronic media specialist, received a top award for his Facebook photo series, Faces of Emporia Public Schools, in the 2016 KASB/KanSPRA Publication Contest. He also received a Certificate of Merit for his video, Precious Cargo, featuring the District Transportation Department.
Dave Leiker, retired electronic media manager, also received a Certificate of Merit for his 2015-16 redesign of the district website.
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Staff Recruitment Plan
Associate Superintendent Andy Koenigs reviewed a new employee recruitment plan developed by administrators and the District Recruitment & Retention Task Force. The plan emphasizes earlier hiring for anticipated vacancies and simplifying the application process. The district has already hired several teachers for the 2017-18 school year in addition to the full-time teacher interns hired for the second half of the year as permanent subs.

Superintendent's Report
Superintendent Kevin Case updated the board on the highlights of his listening tour in the fall. He has identified three primary areas of focus for the months ahead: kindergarten readiness, recruitment and retaining high quality staff, and making our schools and learning spaces suitable for 21st century learning. These goals were outlined in his most recent blog, In Case You're Wondering.

Recreation Commission
The board appointed Ryan Karjala to the Emporia Recreation Commission board to replace John Martin.

Purchase School Buses
The board approved the purchase of two 47-passenger buses from Midwest Bus Sales. The purchase will take advantage of a $40,000 EPA National Clean Diesel Rebate. Total cost after the rebate is $136,116.

Grants and Donations
The board accepted the following donations :
  • Two $1,000 Healthy Habits for Life grants to EMS and Riverside
  • A $1,000 donation from Jo Lynne Dick and a $750 donation from the Fire Department Union to the Spartan Stop pantry at EHS
  • A $4,965.26 grant from Lowe's Toolbox for Education for EMS FACS and Tech classes
  • A $3,000 grant from the 79 Fund and Emporia Community Foundation to Logan Avenue for field trips