Staff Bulletin | September 11, 2014

District News
Call for Proposals
October 15 is the deadline for teachers to submit proposals for breakout sessions on the Jan. 5 PLT day. We believe our teachers can provide our teachers with excellent professional learning in so many areas!  Follow this link to submit your proposal.

Important Deadlines
October 1 is the deadline to join the Personal Illness Pool for the first time. The pool provides additional temporary leave to employees who have used all chargeable leave and have "extraordinary circumstances" which require additional leave.

Student Artwork
Teachers are invited to send student artwork to Mary Herbert Education Center for displays in the main hallway. Materials should be sent to Ann Fullen in Community Relations.

September 15 Paychecks
New payroll deductions for insurance and other Section 125 benefits will go into effect with the Sept. 15 check. Please review your pay stub on Skyward Employee Access to check for accuracy. Contact Karen Yeager (ext 2228) or Cindy Hardin (ext 2428) in the Business Office with questions.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Cheri Hopson
paraeducator, Chase County

Angela Acosta
paraeducator, Riverside

Andrew Blakemore
AVID tutor, EMS & EHS

Kiran Randhaw
AVID tutor, EMS & EHS

Milagros Ibarra
AVID tutor, EMS & EHS

Rita Harvey
paraeducator, EHS

Alejandra Dominguez
paraeducator, EMS

Melanie Griffin
Paraeducator, WA White

Samantha Wilkerson
paraeducator, EHS

Brianna Mortimer
teacher aide, Walnut

Erin Starr
district Accountant, MHEC

Abigail Morrison
paraeducator, EHS

Lesbia Rojas Range
paraeducaor, Timmerman




Elizabeth Reyes

office/Teacher Aide, Village




Bonnie Jasso

counselor, EMS


Larry Ellis

counselor, EMS


John Young

special education, EHS

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Emporia, Kansas 66801
In this issue...
The Power of One!
KTOY Regional Awards
Teachers Sheri Bonnet (in photo above right) and Lana Knuth (in photo above left) were recognized in Salina on Saturday as Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees for Region I. Sheri, a fourth grade teacher at WA White School, was Emporia's elementary nominee for KTOY. Lana, a math and AVID teacher at Emporia High School, was the secondary nominee.

Walmart Donates $1,000
Walmart representatives visited WA White School Wednesday to give away $1,000 to teachers for classroom supplies. Teachers received $50 gift cards during the ceremony. Each fall, the Emporia Walmart selects one school to receive the donation.
Driver Qualifies for Nationals
Bus driver Cheri Milam qualified for the national School Bus Driver Safety Competition in July. Cheri placed 20th out of 45 in the Conventional Experienced division. To get to nationals, she finished second at the regional level and fourth at the state level.  She had the top score in her division among districts that own their buses, which qualified her for nationals.

Other drivers in the regional competition were: Eric Pedersen, Mihai Moldovan, Patty Newton, Lloyd Charboneau, Larry Matson, Carl Terp and Wes Matson.  Other drivers placing at state were: Lloyd Charboneau and Mihai Moldovan in Experienced Conventional and Carl Terp in Rookie Conventional. Milam and Moldovan also placed first in the Special Needs division and Charboneau and Terp placed third.
Are You Registered to Vote?

Voter registration is open through October 14 for the November 4 General Election. Many important national, state and local races will be on the ballot.

Voter registration forms are available: online, at the Driver's License Office in the Flinthills Mall and at the Lyon County Clerk's Office in the Courthouse. Remember to take a photo ID to the polls.

Advance voting at the Lyon County Courthouse opens October 15. Registered voters also can request to have an advance ballot mailed to your home starting October 15. Advance voting closes at noon November 3.

For information, call the Lyon County Clerk, 620-341-3245.
Health & Wellness Tip

Don't skip breakfast. Studies show that eating a proper breakfast is one of the most positive things you can do if you are trying to lose weight. Breakfast skippers tend to gain weight. A balanced breakfast includes fresh fruit or fruit juice, a high-fiber breakfast cereal, low-fat milk or yogurt, whole-wheat toast and a boiled egg.
Emporia Public Schools
Security Cameras


The board approved a request to purchase additional security cameras, which completes the phased purchase plan recommended by the Emergency Operations Planning Committee. Total cost of equipment and installation is less than $205,000. These cameras will be in addition to the 100 units installed across the district during the summer.
Other Board Business
Capital Outlay Levy
A new state law allows districts to adopt a new capital outlay resolution affording more flexible use of capital outlay funds. The new resolution, authorizes the district to use those funds to repair as well as purchase equipment. Although the new resolution does not affect the current tax levy approved in July, the board elected to approve the resolution for a permanent and continuous Capital Outlay levy not to exceed 8 mills to give the district expanded flexibility in future years.  The resolution must be published as a legal notice and is subject to a 40-day protest period. This year, the district levied 4 mills for capital outlay. Any change in the levy must be determined annually as a part of the district budget process.

Purchase Buses
The board approved a request to purchase two used buses - one 2013 model and one 2015 demonstration model - for a cost of $174,950.

Other Business
  • Approved a revised administrators' handbook
  • Approved a new policy for out-of-state and long-distance trips
  • Accepted a $650 donation to WA White from to purchase math resources