June 26, 2014 
Emporia Board of Education
Personnel Report
  • Miguel Tovar, custodian, EHS
  • Elizabeth Salazar, paraeducator, Maynard ECC
  • Yesnia Ocampo, paraeducator, Maynard ECC
  • Laura Meza, paraeducator, Maynard ECC
  • Brittany Weakley, teacher aide, Village
  • Amanda Hopkins, office aide, Village
  • Dwight Russell, paraeducator, Riverside
  • Briana Rickabaugh, teacher aide, Riverside
  • Victor Ibarra, Rule 10 soccer coach, EHS
  • Chelsea Gerleman, Gr 1, Timmerman
  • Alyssa Thornton, speech language pathologist, FHSEC


  • Teena Davies, strategist, Walnut
  • Jill Jones, Gr 4, Village
  • Lacey Peters, special education, Village
Board Reports
Flint Hills Technical College - Grant Riles reported the college has approval to offer an associate degree program in welding.
Emporia Recreation Commission - Mike Helbert reported high participation in all ERC summer programs. The board is preparing to take bids and start on improvements at the recreation center.
Kansas Leadership Center - Susan Brinkman reported on a three-day training at the KLC in Wichita. She worked on leadership challenges associated with parent engagement and involvement in the legislative process.
2014-15 Calendar Revised
The board approved a recommendation to adjust the 2014-15 calendar, reducing the number of days by three to reflect a reduction in STREAM grant funding. The last day of school will be May 19 instead of May 21; April 6 will be a day of no school for students and staff; and May 4 will be a PLT day for teachers.

2014-15 Budget Update

Assistant Superintendent of Business Rob Scheib summarized changes in state law that will affect the budget in Emporia. The district will benefit from a $14 increase in the base state aid per pupil and adjustments to the way capital outlay and supplemental general funds are distributed. He will review the preliminary budget with the board at the July 9 meeting.

English Language Resources
The board approved a recommendation to purchase new textbooks for freshman English Language Arts classes. The texts include printed copies and access to online texts. The new materials will align with the College and Career Ready ELA Standards. Total cost of the adoption is $45,879.
Other Board Business
Insurance Coverage

The board approved property and casualty insurance premiums for 2014-15, which includes new coverage on compromises in data security. Premiums decreased by 2 percent, primarily due to a reduction in workers' compensation claims. Assistant Superintendent Rob Scheib attributed the reduction to safer work practices and a change in the way claims are processed.

Copier Service Agreement
The board approved a new 66-month service agreement for copier services. The vendor will provide 44 new copier/scanners with increased functions, including some with fax capabilities.
Transportation Billing Rates
The board approved an increase in rates for outside groups using district buses for private events. The rate will remain the same for school-related trips and organizations that serve district students.

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