August 14
, 2014 

          We build futures.
District News
United Way Campaign
The 2014 United Way Campaign starts soon. All district employees will receive pledge forms, giving you an opportunity to donate by cash/check, a pledge or a payroll deduction.
Here is some information from the United Way of the Flint Hills for you to consider as you make your decision.

September 1 Deadlines
September 1 is the deadline to submit transcripts or other verification of hours, additional degrees and endorsements that could result in additional pay or movement on the salary schedule.
Because Sept. 1 is Labor Day, the documents must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 to Kathy Drier in the Business Office.

Personal Illness Pool
Information will be posted soon in all buildings about the Personal Illness Pool. The deadline to sign up for the first time is Oct. 1. The pool provides additional temporary leave to employees who have used all chargeable leave and have experienced "extraordinary circumstances" that requires additional leave.

Kansas Tort Claims Act
Under a new Kansas law, teachers employed by the USD 253 are entitled to protections under the Kansas Tort Claims Act. Read this "notice of protection" for details.

News You Can Use
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Emporia Board of Education
Personnel Report
  • Melissa Holman, departmental clerk, EHS
  • Morgan Murphy, paraeducator, Maynard ECC
  • Alaina Fairbanks, Rule 10 volleyball coach, EHS
  • Frank Burkett, custodian, WA White
  • Lucas Hockenbury, Rule 10 wrestling coach, EHS
  • Valerie Koenigs, teacher aide, TPA
  • Timothy Chandler, paraeducator, Timmerman
  • Natalie Martin, science, EHS
  • Dell Jacob, grade 3, Walnut


  • Jesse Green, science, EHS
  • Marie Hazlett, district accountant, Mary Herbert

Waiver Granted

  • The board approved a waiver for a district bus driver.
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  Emporia Public Schools
1700 W 7th Ave.
Emporia, KS 66801
Celebrating Good Things!
The Power of ONE
Thank you to the Hopkins Foundation for sponsoring our back-to-school breakfast and convocation August 7 featuring educator Kevin Honeycutt.
Another thank you to the Teaching & Learning Department for scheduling a full day of learning opportunities for certified and classified staff.
Great start to the year!

Welcome New Teachers

Fifty new certified staff members joined the Emporia Public Schools this month. A welcome breakfast hosted by the District Leadership Team was followed by several days of learning about curriculum and instruction.

'I'm a Hornet' Applause

From this week's I'm a Hornet newsletter from ESU President Michael Shonrock: "Special thanks to Allison Anderson-Harder (ESU alum and Principal of Walnut Elementary) and Erin Blocker (ESU Health Promotion Instructor) who help coach a group of 2nd - 5th grade runners at Walnut Elementary on Tuesday mornings.


Enrollment Kudos
The Community Relations Office appreciates the staff who worked during enrollment and the support from the Technology Office this summer at Mary Herbert. Our first year without a central enrollment went smoothly!

  We build futures.
Approval of 2014-15 Budget
The board meeting opened with a public budget hearing, providing time for members of the public to make comments or ask questions about the proposed budget. No one attended the hearing.
Later in the meeting, the board approved the budget. The district will benefit from a $14 increase in base state aid per pupil and the restoration of state aid for capital outlay and supplemental general funds. As a result, the district mill levy will will be slightly lower than a year ago.

Handbook and Policy Reviews
The board approved changes to board policy, section GC related to classified employees, and policy section I related to instructional programs. The board also approved an updated Classified Staff Handbook, which combines the handbooks for hourly classified staff and salaried classified staff.
Other Board Action
  • Accepted a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant of $60,000 for the EMS QUEST program. This is the final year of the grant.
  • Accepted a 21st CCLC grant of $500,000 for STREAM.
  • Accepted donations of $15,000 from the Hopkins Foundation and $16,400 from the Jones Foundation for Emporia Youth Mentoring.
  • Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Flint Hills Technical College to offer classes for EHS students for high school and college credit.
  • Approved an agreement with Habitat for Humanity for a partnership with the EHS Geometry in Construction class.
  • Accepted a $616 donation from the Timmerman PTO to the school.
  • Approved a contract with the city of Emporia for use of the Municipal Golf Course by the EHS golf teams.