Staff Bulletin | July 13, 2017
District News

Important Reminders
* Enrollment begins July 17 for the 2017-18 school year. There will be an online form available at through August 2. Parents can also enroll at the Student and Family Resources Office inside Mary Herbert, 1700 W. 7th. Call Student and Family Resources at 341-2396 with questions.

* In addition, Kindergarten Jump Start runs July 24-28 from 8:15 am-noon at Riverside Elementary. Jump Start is geared towards new students in the district with no preschool experience. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Call Teaching and Learning at 341-2225 with questions.

* Voting continues on the 2017-18 Master Agreement. Certified staff need to check their June 30 email for an attached agreement and an embedded voting form. Teachers should also contact their negotiation team with questions.

* At the present time, 12-month employee salaries will continue to be paid at the 2016-17 pay rate. You may also notice a slight difference in your salary due to one less contract day in the 2017-18 calendar.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Rachel Yurko-Keim
Special education, Emporia Middle School

Myrna Comstock
Special education, Emporia High School

Mary Claus
Teacher, Village Elementary

Jasmin Ocampo-Salazar
Paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Jennifer Barnaby
Paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Ashley Preeo
Paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary

Debbie Meggs
Bus paraeducator, Transportation

Theresa Wulke
Rule 10 assistant boys' soccer coach, Emporia High School

Tyler Page
Paraeducator, Walnut Elementary

Alexis Rodriguez
Paraeducator, Emporia High School

Felix Lizarraga
Translator, Mary Herbert


Scott Bonnet
Debate/Forensics, Emporia High School

Sheryl Bonnet
Instructional coach, William Allen White Elementary


Heather Enslinger
English language arts, Emporia Middle School

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Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall stopped at Emporia Middle School on July 10 to learn more about the MealSpot food trailer and the USD 253 summer meals program. Over 14,000 meals were served at EMS, Riverside, Village and William Allen White schools in June, and the MealSpot trailer began serving from the Emporia Public Library on July 3.  Free breakfast and lunch will be served to anyone 18 and younger on weekdays at EMS, Riverside, Village & WA White schools, with the food trailer serving meals from the Emporia Public Library through July 28. Watch for the MealSpot mobile locations on . Locations also will be announced on KVOE shortly before 7 am each weekday. 

* The Extended School Year Summer School program continues through July. This summer, around 50 students from Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative have been attending classes at Riverside Elementary.
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Board Business


The Board of Education voted to have Doug Epp serve as board president for the 2017-18 academic year. The board also voted to have Mike Crouch serve as board vice president for the school year. Grant Riles was board president for the 2016-17 school year, while Epp was vice president.


In other business, the board:

  • Approved a list of special education due process hearing officers for the school year.
  • Approved the annual home rule resolution.
  • Approved an update to the district organizational chart.
  • Approved the 2017-18 athletic handbook.
  • Approved a waiver of requirements associated with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Approved board and district representatives for various committees.
  • Approved a memorandum of understanding between the Flint Hills tiny-k Part C Early Intervention services and the Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative Part B early childhood services.
  • Approved annual Articles of Agreement and Clarifications of Financial Responsibilities for the Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative.
  • Approved a lease extension with Flinthills Mall.
  • Approved the Star Construction bid of $92,400 to build a new parking lot at Walnut Elementary. 
  • Heard an update on Education Commissioner Randy Watson's talk during the District Leadership Team's annual retreat.
In addition

* USD 253 was informed three district schools -- Logan Avenue, Riverside and William Allen White -- qualified for a combined $51,800 in grant funding through the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for school snacks. Eligibility was based on schools with at least 66 percent of students qualifying for the free and reduced meal program. USD 253 will supplement the snack programs at Timmerman, Village and Walnut schools.