Staff Bulletin | March 15, 2018
District News

Community Relations
If you did not receive a call from School Messenger or an email from Constant Contact during our weather-related school closings, please contact the Community Relations office at 341-2200 or You may also want to unblock the number 620-341-2471 as that is the number assigned to School Messenger calls.

Your new 2018 W-4 and K-4 forms are available. Please return them to the Payroll Department by March 30, 2018.

Summer Paychecks 
April 1st is the deadline for employees to notify the Business Office if they want lump-sum payments for summer checks. Forms have been sent to all employees new to the district this year. Other employees who want to change their election must notify Karen Yeager or Erica Markley at 341-2228 or 341-2428. Lump-sum payments will be made June 30.

Kindergarten Pre-registration
Pre-registration for kindergarten will be held at each neighborhood elementary school on March 27,
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and 
March 28, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Parents need to attend only one session and your child does not need to be present. For more information contact the elementary school nearest you or call Mary Herbert Education Center at 620-341-2200 for assistance locating your elementary school.
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Emily Baker
assistant principal, EMS (2018-19)

John Martin
principal, Village Elementary

Kara Buck
elementary teacher, location to be determined (2018-19)

Ana Anderson
elementary teacher, location to be determined (2018-19)

Bailey James
elementary teacher, location to be determined (2018-19)

Tabatha Weaver
special education teacher, location to be determined (2018-19)

Emely Magana
elementary teacher, location to be determined (2018-19)

Rebecca Hochman
elementary teacher, location to be determined (2018-19)

Susan Love
elementary teacher, location to be determined (2018-19)

Janell Neer
academic coach, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative (2018-19)

Jason Friesen
science, EHS (2018-19)

Glynnis Jackson
math, EHS (2018-19)

Nicholas Clohecy
AVID tutor, EHS

Niena Ramirez
rule 10 coach
assistant volleyball, EMS (2018-19)

Autumn Brinkman
paraeducator, Riverside

Sara Ferguson
paraeducator, EMS

Barbara Haag
paraeducator, USD 252 Olpe Elementary

Kayla Neer
paraeducator, Timmerman

Trent Webster
AVID tutor, EHS

Ginger Ryno
paraeducator, EHS

Valerie St. John
flex worker, Food Service

Danielle Gosser
bus paraeducator, Transportation

Paige Maley
paraeducator, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative

Tavion Franklin
custodian, Operational Services


Amanda Carson
paraeducator/teacher aide, Logan

Morgan Boles
paraeducator/teacher aide, Timmerman

Erica Averitt
paraeducator, Riverside

Erica Cammarn
paraeducator, Logan

Kaitlyn Rodie
teacher intern, William Allen White

Kristen Ellender
first grade, Riverside

Caleob King
math, EMS

Kyla Kuss
math, EMS

Brian Hunter
math, EHS

Casey Collins
academic coach, EHS

Candace Williams
paraeducator, EHS

Joni Allen
paraeducator, Timmerman


Vickie Price
administration/athletic secretary, EHS 

Jane Pientka
head secretary, Walnut 

Linda Clark
teacher aide, EMS

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Thank you to the Walnut PTO for the donation of $1250 to Walnut Elementary. The donation will be used to purchase a shed from the EHS Geometry in Construction class and the rest will be distributed to each grade level to purchase supplies for Engineering by Design units.

Other Board Business

Hopkins Foundation Tuition Assistance Program
The Board approved the Hopkins Foundation Tuition Assistance Program. Staff at Emporia High School (EHS) submitted a proposal to the Hopkins Foundation to provide tuition assistance for EHS students who meet the ACT fee waiver guidelines and plan to enroll in postsecondary courses at Emporia State University or Flint Hills Technical College. The Hopkins Foundation has agreed to fund the program with a maximum tuition award amount of $25,000 annually. EHS staff will work with juniors and seniors to take advantage of this great opportunity. The addition of this program will  help prepare the district to meet one of the five pillars of the Kansans Can vision with more students having the opportunity to achieve postsecondary success.

Emergency Operations Plan Update
Kelly Bolin, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, provided updates regarding the EOP for Emporia Public Schools including completed work, next steps for training and infrastructure upgrades. Additional information will be shared at upcoming board meetings.

Board Approvals:
  • approved the purchase of two new buses accepting a National Clean Diesel Rebate of $40,000.
  • approved the purchase of 4500 Chromebooks to refresh the district's 1-1 Chromebook initiative
  • approved the bid for roof replacement at Village Elementary
Consent Agenda Approvals:
  • approved a request to let bids for replacement of dishwashing machine equipment for the kitchen at Emporia High School
  • approved to extend our agreement for copier services using State of Kansas bids
  • approved bids from Valu-Net Fiber for dark fiber and internet services
  • approved the three-year Re-Inspection Response Action recommendations and the reappointment of David Smith as the LEA-Designated AHERA employee for Asbestos management
  • approved surplus choir apparel and district technology equipment to be disposed of
  • approved a request from Jamie Dawson, EHS AP government teacher, to participate in the We the People National Final trip to Washington, DC in April and begin fundraising efforts to reduce the cost of the trip for students 
Upcoming Dates:
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018, 12:00 p.m., Board Visit to W.A. White/Turning Point Academy
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting & Study Session, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 12:00 p.m., Board Visit to Riverside Elementary
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:00 p.m., District Staff Recognition Program, Emporia High School
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00 p.m., High School Graduation, W. L. White Auditorium
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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801