The 2015 Riverisde 5K Bunny Hop Saturday, April 4, raised $2,400, with proceeds to be used to purchase books for students and for the Emporia NEA Read to Your Bunny program. Principal Jared Giffin said 83 people registered and 75 completed the run. Jenna Stanbrough won the race overall with a time of 19 minutes, 39 seconds.

Staff Bulletin | April 9, 2015

AVID 6K Run May 2

Registration is open for the 2nd annual AVID 6K Run for College Saturday, May 2. The registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for youth.  The run starts at 7:30 at FHTC and ends at ESU. Register online.


EMS Blood Drive
The Emporia Middle School Human Biology Class is hosting a Blood Drive Monday, April 13 from 
3-6 pm. To schedule an appointment, call or email Nichole Schmidt at EMS, 341-2335.

Summer School Positions
Information will be sent to employees later this month about positions available for the Extended School Year program in June and July. At this time, no other summer school classes are planned.

Preschool Enrollment

Maynard Early Childhood Center will accept enrollment applications 

7 am-6 pm Tuesday, April 21 at the school. The district offers free half-day classes for eligible 3- and 4-year-old children. Parents should bring the child's birth certificate, immunization records and most recent physical.

Fitness Room Training
The next employee training to use the EHS Fitness Center will be 5:30 pm Monday, April 13, at the fitness center.

KPERS Member News

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Charlotta Rodriguez
bus aide/sub activity driver, Transportation

Ashlyn Simmons
paraeducator, Olpe 

Laura White
paraeducator, Prairie Heights

Maria Citlali Lopez
paraeducator, Riverside

Misty Lowe
paraeducator, EMS

Megan Schulze
5th grade, Walnut

Shelby Ross
4th grade, WA White

Christopher Lyman
language arts, EMS

Brandon Porter
school psychologist, EMS




Amy Enserro

building support techician, EMS


Hailey Gifford

special education, Madison


Kari Brandt

special education, Olpe


Kent Gant

math, EHS


Kirsten Hermreck

language arts, EMS


Katelyn Kennedy

1st grade, Walnut


Marcy Shirk

5th grade, Timmerman


Shelli Page

kindergarten, Village


Roxie Barrett

paraeducator, Riverside


Sara Booth

paraeducator, Riverside


Gena Jones

2nd grade, Riverside


Amanda Jones

3rd grade, Logan Avenue


Gina Peek

head volleyball coach, EHS


Rebecca Muirhead

1st grade, Riverside


Elizabeth Salazar

paraeducator, Maynard




Jan Traylor

instr strategist, Timmerman


Rescind Retirement 

Linda Baumann

visually impaired, FHSEC

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Good Things!

Para/Aide Appreciation Day

Emporia schools celebrated Para/Aide Appreciation Day Wednesday. At Timmerman, teachers provided lunch, which included the "pizza cakes" here.


Gazette Teacher Spotlight

The Emporia Gazette has started a series that spotlight teachers, administrators and school support staff. This week's article features Riverside teacher Megan Powers.


Dollar General Makes $40,000

Donation to Riverside Elementary

Representatives of Dollar General presented Riverside Principal Jared Giffin with a $40,000 check March 24. The money is to be used for the school library and other literacy efforts. The retail store has donated $98 million to schools.


Jump Rope for Heart Success

Village Elementary students participated during March in Jump Rope for Heart, raising $3,548 for the American Heart Association. The event was coordinated by Village PE teacher Andy Battenfield.


Board of Education Election Results

Winning candidates in the Emporia Board Education election are: Susan Brinkman, Mike Helbert, Grant Riles and Art Gutierrez.


Parent Involvement Program April 21

Kevin Honeycutt, a Kansas educator, school board member, parent and well-known speaker and trainer, will be in Emporia Tuesday, April 21, to speak to parents about the importance of being involved in their children's education. The program will be from 7 - 8 pm at Mary Herbert Education Center.


District Staff Recognition May 11

The annual District Staff Recognition Program will be at 5 pm, Monday, May 11, at Emporia High School. Refreshments will be served and the program will begin at 5:30. The district will present length-of-service awards, recognize state and national award winners, and honor a large group of retirees. The event is free for all employees and a guest. Watch for sign-up sheets in your buildings soon!


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Emporia Public Schools
1:1 Student Initiative
District Purchases Chromebooks

Board Reviews Policies, Procedures & User Agreement 

The board approved a recommendation to buy 3,270 Chromebooks, a decision that will allow a 1:1 technology implementation for K-12 students starting in August 2015. The district will purchase the devices with a three-year lease agreement. 

The board also reviewed proposed policies related to student use of district-owned technology devices, a recommended user agreement to be signed by parents and students, a student training plan covering digital citizenship and care of the devices, and proposed student handbook language. Those items will be on the April 22 agenda for final action. 

The district intends to assess a minimal technology fee at enrollment, but the amount has not been determined. District and school administrators will finalize an implementation plan this spring that includes professional development for teachers, guidelines for students taking devices home, procedures when fees are not paid, and collecting devices from students moving to other districts.

Vacant Board Seat
The board has had a vacant position since the resignation of Angie Schreiber last fall. Art Gutierrez was elected to the board by voters on Tuesday, and the board appointed him to begin serving immediately to complete the unexpired term.

Board Policy Review
The board approved a group of policy updates related to students in section J. One change will allow parents to authorize over-the-counter medications to be given to their children at school without a doctor's signature. A doctor's signature will still be required for prescription medications.

Consent Agenda

The board approved

  • The purchase of an oven/steamer from Muckenthaler's Inc. in place of previously approved equipment that did not meet specifications
  • A $40,000 donation from Dollar General to Riverside
  • A $750 Global Youth Service Day mini-grant for the EHS JAG program