The Flint Hills Learning Center float won the Chamber of Commerce Award in the Emporia Christmas Parade last week
Staff Bulletin | December 11, 2014

District News

Early Pay Checks Friday
The December 15 payroll was processed early this month. Employees can expect to see pay checks deposited on Friday instead of Monday. 

Electronic W-2 Option

Remember to select your preferred method to receive your 2014 W-2 Wage & Tax Statement. Employees will have the option to print their own statement or receive a printed copy by mail. By choosing the print option, employees will have access to the statement about two weeks earlier.

Read the latest information about retirement benefits from KPERS.
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Personnel Report


Megan Dorcas
paraeducator, WA White

Ron Gilligan
custodian, EMS

Ruby Camarena
paraducator,  Riverside

Katy Perez
teacher aide, EHS

Iona Moore
bus aide, Transportation

Cathy Stotler
Suburban driver, Transportation

Crystal Weakley
teacher aide, Sacred Heart

Yolanda Hernandez
para/teacher aide, Village

Sarah Satterfield
paraeducator, Timmerman

Michelle Webster
paraeducator, Timmerman

Melissa Burdiek
paraeducator, Neosho Rapids

Courtney Haring
paraeducator, Maynard

Valerie Burns
occupational therapist, FHSEC

Bethany Unruh
Kindergarten, Walnut




Chelsea Hurst

teacher aide, Village


Joanne Raygoza

library clerk, Riverside


Laura Meza

paraeducator, Maynard


Yesenia Ocampo

paraeducator, Maynard


Stephanie Palmer

paraeducator, EHS


Eric Pedersen

bus driver/dispatch, Transportation


Brittany Weakley

teacher aide, Village

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Celebrating Good Things!


Emporia Master Teacher Named

Emporia High School teacher Carol Taylor has

been selected as the Emporia Master Teacher for

2015. The award was announced Wednesday morning. Carol began her teaching career in 1996 and is now a reading strategist and AVID teacher at EHS. See full story.

Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominees
Julie Voelz, sixth grade science teacher at Emporia Middle School, and Frances Wecker, Emporia High School science teacher, have been nominated for the 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year Award. 

United Way Donations
Thank you to all who participated in the Jeans Day for United Way 2014.  USD 253 raised $493 for United Way through Jeans Day donations.

Food Service Training Award
Melodi Bowen, Food Service production manager, has achieved the Certified Child Nutrition Manager 3 after completing training provided by Child Nutrition & Wellness at the Kansas State Department of Education.
Watch for more good things happening in USD 253 on the Teaching & Learning Facebook page. Regular reports and photos from the classrooms will brighten your day.
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Technology Bids
The board authorized the business office to take bids on Chromebooks. A decision to purchase additional student devices may be considered once the costs of the devices are known and the board has a better idea about the future of school funding in Kansas.

EMS Enrollment Guide
The board approved the 2015-16 enrollment guide for Emporia Middle School.

Board Reports
FHTC Board of Trustees - Grant Riles reported that FHTC had a significant increase in high school student participation in the recent FOCUS open house.
KASB Convention - Susan Brinkman reported on action taken by the KASB Delegate Assembly during the recent state convention. The Delegate Assembly sets the legislative priorities for the association. Board members also toured schools and attended sessions on a variety of topics.

Consent Agenda

The board approved

  • A request for the EHS Orchestra to travel to Orlando, Fla., in May
  • Two Healthy-Habits-for-Life Grants from Blue Cross Blue Shield for Logan Avenue and Timmerman schools.
  • A $1,200 donation from Flint Hills Optimist Club to the EMS Quest Program.
  • A $999 donation from the Walnut PTO to Walnut School
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