Mrs. Kurzen & Mr. Kirk served their staff "a flippin' good pancake breakfast" Tuesday morning!
Staff Bulletin | February 12, 2015
District News

KPERS Pre-Retirement Seminars Scheduled
KPERS will host pre-retirement seminars across the state in March & April. The Emporia seminar will be 6:30-8 pm March 5 at Emporia High School. The seminar is free but pre-registration is required. 

Read the latest news about KPERS benefits in the February newsletter.

Riverside Fundraiser
The Riverside PTO is hosting a "Quartermania" fundraiser at 6 pm Thursday, Feb. 19 in the school gym. See flier for list of vendors.

Better Communication Improves Productivity
We are all bogged down by the volume of email we receive at work. The amount grows even more daunting because so much communication is unclear and ambiguous.
Discerning exactly what we need to know or do and determining if a response is needed requires a lot of our attention. Here are some tips to improve email communication.
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Adriana Leake
paraeducator, Chase County

Adam Helmer
Rule 10 forensics, EHS

Joshua Lankton
bus driver, Transportation

Virginia Dunn
flex worker, Food Service




Allen Lehman

math, EMS


Durann Decker

kindergarten, Walnut


Matthew Warren

custodian, Logan Avenue


Felicia Vaughn

special education, USD 251


Justine Sandstrom

paraeducator/aide, Logan




John Brown

maintenance, District


Sonja Hernandez

food service, EHS


Consent Agenda

The board approved

  • An agreement with Mize Houser & Co for the FY15 fiscal audit
  • A donation of three Chomebooks to Emporia Middle School for student use
  • A $2,000 donation from the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association to the EHS Family & Consumer Science Department
  • A request to let bids for a special education bus

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Hopkins Award Nominations

Now Accepted Online

Hopkins Award nominations can now be submitted online using this simple form. The Hopkins Foundation has made a few changes in the format and criteria for nominations. 

  • Nominations will be accepted all through the year.
  • Presentations will be made multiple times a year at recognition evens scheduled through principals and directors.
  • All recipients will receive $2,000 cash awards.
  • Paper nomination forms are available at all schools and Mary Herbert Education Center for anyone without internet access.

Ks Education Commissioner

To Visit Emporia Tuesday

Incoming Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson will host a community conversation, "Kansas Children, Kansas' Future," in Emporia next Tuesday, Feb 17, 9 - 11 am, at Mary Herbert Education Center. See details here.


Logan Avenue Blood Drive

Logan Avenue will host a blood drive Monday, March 9 from 2 - 6 pm. Appointments can be made through the Red Cross website. Follow this link to the blood drive page, type in our zip code (66801), clink on Logan Avenue and select an appointment time. 

Project Emporia Food Drive
The Emporia High School Student Council is sponsoring the annual Project Emporia food drive. Donations can be taken to EHS. Donations also will be picked up at residences Sunday, March 1. To schedule a pick up, contact Katie Bacon at EHS, 341-2365, or Meg Detwiler, 620-794-5813 or email: [email protected].


Watch for good things happening in USD 253 on the Teaching & Learning Facebook page. Regular reports and photos from the classrooms will brighten your day.
Emporia Public Schools
Budget Message
Update on state funding cuts & 
results of KSDE enrollment audit

Rob Scheib, assistant superintendent for business, explained the preliminary results of the enrollment audit completed last week by KSDE. The lower audited weighting factors result in a budget reduced from the original published amount. The district has appealed a portion of the audit, related to technical education funding.

The board also received an update on the impact of recent announcement for allotments and anticipated cuts in state aid and how the district will approach the budget adjustments. Together, state aid reductions and budget adjustments due to the enrollment audit will erase most of the $1 million in additional budget authority the district expected this school year. 

A full explanation is included in this Budget message from Superintendent Theresa Davidson.

District Will Buy Chromebooks
The board approved a request to purchase 175 Chromebooks for 5th grade at a cost of $46,252. The purchase aligns with the district technology plan and increases the student-to-device ratio to 1:1 at this grade. The same model is now in the 5th grade technology-rich classrooms at a 2:1 ratio. 

The board expressed interest in assuring that students at all grade levels will have access to the technology tools required for a college and career-ready future. The business office is exploring financing and insurance options for a large-scale technology purchase.

The board also asked that a policy proposal be presented for approval in the next few weeks. The policy is expected to address appropriate use of school technology with an expectation that students could take the devices home for assignments.

Other Board Business
Election Resolution - The board adopted a resolution in support of no change in the local election cycle. The Emporia board has joined many school boards and city commissions across Kansas that oppose moving local elections from spring to fall and making the elections partisan.
Policy Update - The board approved policy updates in student section J.
Employee Retention Report - Andy Koenigs, associate superintendent of human resources, reported on recent research about teacher job satisfaction and our district's retention rate for teachers, administrators and classified support staff.