Staff Bulletin | August 28, 2014
District News
New Annual Report
Be sure to check out the online version of Collaborate 2014, an education report published by the Emporia Public Schools, Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College.

Important 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 pm Friday to Kathy Dreier in the Business Office.

Logan Relay for Life Team
Logan Avenue faculty and staff will be working at Pizza Ranch tonight from 5 - 8 pm to raise money for Relay for Life! They will greet customers, clean tables and have face painting for the kids and adults. If you can't be there, make a donation to the Logan Lions team at
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Personnel Report


Nancy Smith
teacher aide, EHS

Sandra Hines
paraeducator, Timmerman

Thomasenia Bouknight
paraeducator, Riverside

Sara Sanchez
paraeducator, Riverisde


Jessica Parks

Rule 10 debate, EHS


Andy Renteria

Rule 10 debate, EHS


Skyler Carlson

Rule 10 coach, EHS


Stephanie Morgan

para/aide, Timmerman


Robbie Ruehlen

bus driver, Transportation


Bobbi McDiffett

bus aide, Transportation


Annie Johnson

paraeducator, Neosho Rapids


Sean Davis

teacher aide, Logan Avenue


Lindsay Smith

teacher aide, Logan Avenue


Skeeter Bradley

teacher aide, Logan Avenue


Zachary Dreher

paraeducator, Council Grove


Anele Soria Gonzalez

paraeducator, Maynard


Chelsea Williams

paraeducator, Hartford


Veronica Aranda

paraeducator, Riverside


Amanda Graves

paraeducator, EHS


Connor Stanley

teacher aide, FHLC


Briana Boyce

paraeducator, EMS


Oscar Torres

teacher aide, EMS


Matthew Fowler

Rule 10 video broadcasting, EHS


Brianna Larkin

paraeducator, Chase County




Crystal Monk

paraeducator, Neosho Rapids


Jennifer Watts

paraeducator, EHS


Brandi Jones

paraeducator, EMS




Scott Capes

Physics & Chemistry, EHS



In this issue...
The Power of One!
Many individuals from the district have participated in the #IceBucketChallenge to raise awareness and research funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). We have received many video accounts from principals, teachers and friends who have accepted the challenge. 
Riverside Principal Jared Giffin took the challenge for his entire school last week and approximately 250 students and staff poured cold water on Mr. Giffin and raised more than $240 for ALS research. Some staff at Mary Herbert Education Center also got involved in the challenge last week (see photo above). George Abel agreed to "take one for the team" after being tagged by Mike Crouch, board president.

Hostess Contest Winner
Julio Alfaro, a 2014 Flint Hills Learning Center graduate, submitted the first-place entry in   Emporia's 2nd annual Twinkie Festival in July. His prize was $300.
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Summer Projects


Rob Scheib presented a summary of summer projects completed by the Maintenance and Technology departments. Most of the projects were included on the capital outlay priority list developed by the Financial Review Committee over the past two years. Several projects also included significant cost savings by doing the work with district staff.
Projects included:
  • Technology upgrades - implementation of 600 Chromebooks, reconfiguring computer labs, relocating Smart boards to more practical locations, installing flat-screen monitors where Smart boards were not needed, implemented multiple cloud-based applications, replaced workstations at FHLC, network switches, installed new copiers districtwide
  • New roof at Maynard
  • Safety & security improvements - entrance barriers at Riverside & Timmerman and relocating the reception area to the foyer at Village, installed new video cameras
  • HVAC improvements at the Transportation Department 
  • Site preparation for Jones activity building at EHS
  • Overseeding practice fields at the middle and high schools
Other Board Business
2014-15 Budget
Due to a problem with the legal publication, the board re-opened the public budget hearing and re-approved the 2014-15 budget with no changes.

Flint Hills Technical College Board Report
Grant Riles reported on a new job-placement report for FHTC with 97 percent of 2012-13 graduates employed in their field or continuing their education.

Emporia Recreation Commission Report
Mike Helbert reported the ERC has taken bids for rec center improvements and summer programs have had high participation.

Consent Agenda
  • Approved requests to use the Master Agreement Flexibility clause from Maynard, Logan Avenue, Riverside, Walnut, WA White & EMS.
  • Approved a nursing services agreement with Advocate Home Specialty Care, Inc. from Wamego to provide services.
  • Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Emporia Country Club for use of the golf course by the EHS golf teams.

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