March 23, 2015
District News

Jones Activity Center Dedication Today at 5 

The new Jones Activity Center on the Emporia High School campus will be dedicated at 5 pm today. This multi-purpose building was made possible by a Jones Trust grant and donations from businesses and individuals. Donors will be recognized during the ceremony. The building will be used for a variety of indoor activity practices, band and PE, as well as for activities sponsored by youth organizations in the area.

Candidate Forum
Tonight at FHTC

The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters will sponsor a candidate forum for the school board and city commission at 

6:30 pm today at Flint Hills Technical College.

The board has four seats up for election. Candidates are current board members Susan Brinkman, Mike Helbert and Grant Riles along with Shiloh Good, Art Gutierrez and Iona Moore. 

Advance voting starts today at the Lyon County Courthouse.

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Changes Considered In School Schedules

After reviewing the results of a survey on school day structure, the board has asked district administrators to proceed with a plan to change school start and end times for 2015-16.

Results of the parents, staff and student survey were presented to the board at the March 11 meeting. Responses overwhelmingly supported an earlier start time for elementary schools and a later start for secondary schools. The majority of parents were not opposed to combining the elementary and secondary rural bus routes so K-12 students could be picked up at the same time.

Final start and dismissal times are being developed in cooperation with the principals and the Transportation Department. The new schedule will have elementary schools starting first at approximately 8 am and secondary schools starting soon after. Dismissal times likely will range from 3:10-3:30 pm, depending on several variables such as length of lunch periods and PLC structure.
Technology Update
The board approved a request from the Teaching & Learning Office to solicit incremental bids for Chromebooks for student use. Once bids are received the board will determine how many devices to purchase in the next step toward the district's 1-to-1 technology initiative. 

The Business Office is looking at various finance options, including a lease-purchase option that would keep technology costs stable from year to year. Bids for devices along with draft procedures for distribution and use will be presented to the board at the April 8 meeting.