Staff Bulletin | April 23, 2015

Preschool Enrollment

Applications are still being accepted for  4-year-old classes at Maynard Early Childhood Center in 2015-16. Parents should bring the child's birth certificate, immunization records and most recent physical.


Retirement Receptions

These retirement receptions have been scheduled:


May 7, 4:30-5:30 pm, WA White honoring Donna Hammond & Erin Kauffman


May 12, 4:30-5:30 pm, Riverside honoring Dinah Rodriguez


May 12, 4:30-6 pm, Timmerman honoring Deb Thompson & Jan Traylor


May 14, 3:30-5 pm, EMS honoring Vickie Dinkel, Larry Ellis, Bonnie Jasso & Margaret Quirarte


AVID 6K Run May 2

Registration is still open for the 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 am at FHTC and ends at ESU.

Register online.

AESOP Reminder!
Please do not enter any absences in Aesop for the 2015-16 school year until after July 1, 2015. If you know that you're going to have an extended absence, please visit with your building administrator or supervisor. 
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Cheyenne Lindeman
5th grade, Timmerman

Elizabeth Waterman
4th grade, Timmerman

Ashley Schmidt
Health Sciences, EHS

Courtney Metzen
2nd grade, Walnut

Delia Guzman
Spanish or ESOL, EHS

John McCormack

Merecedes Secord
3rd grade, Village

Lindsay Smith
special education, Village

Chelsea Vortherms
elementary, Village

Stephanie Salazar
elementary, Riverside

Emily Hett
elementary, Logan Avenue

Shirley Stair
paraeducator, Riverside

Rachael Werth
paraeducator, Timmerman



Angela Acosta

paraeducator, Riverside


Adriana Pena

3rd grade, Walnut


Carla Queen

math, EHS


Erin Rossman

speech-language, FHSEC


Sarah Watson

3rd grade, Village


Tom Andrews

custodian, Riverside


Lilian Estrada

teacher aide, EMS


Robyn Payne

special education, EMS


Lydia Wieberg

6th grade math, EMS


Kurt Webster

social studies, EHS




Marilyn Harbaugh

support technician, Walnut


Don Monroe

custodian, Village


Dave Leiker

electronic media engineer, Technology Dept


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Good Things!

Board of Education Recognition

National Teacher Day Proclamation

Board president Mike Crouch presents ENEA President Erica Huggard and other teachers with a proclamation for National Teacher Day, May 5. 


National Merit Scholars

Board president Mike Crouch recognizes National Merit Finalist Meg Detwiler and National Merit Commended Students Mitch Whitfield and Katelyn Dold.


Academic All-Americans

Board president Mike Crouch recognizes National Forensics League Academic All-Americans Caylie Ratzlaff, Esperanza Garza, Christian Smith, and Debate & Forensics Coach Scott Bonnet.


District Staff Recognition May 11

Make plans to attend the District Staff Recognition Program Monday, May 11, at Emporia High School. Refreshments will be served starting at 5 pm 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; reservations are needed. Sign-up sheets are now posted in all buildings if you plan to attend.


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Turning Point High School
Program will move to EHS campus

The board approved a recommendation to relocate Turning Point Academy high school to the Emporia High School campus. TPA Principal Tell Kirk explained that the philosophy, culture and instructional style unique to TPA will continue and students will have greater access to electives and activities. TPA high school teachers Dennis Newell and Barb Fowler and EHS Principal Britton Hart spoke in favor of the move. The change will be effective in August 2015. Enrollment will continue to be by application and TPA high school students will continue to have flexible schedules. TPA currently has 10 high school students. Administrators and teachers expect enrollment will increase with the new location.

Update: Start & Dismissal Times
The board received an update on proposed start and dismissal times for 2015-16 at the K-12 schools. The administrative recommendation was an 8 am start for all schools, with a 9 am late start at EMS and EHS. Dismissal times will depend on a variety of factors including the length of lunch periods at each level and whether the STREAM grant will be funded for another year. Dismissal would likely be between 3:15 and 3:30 pm. Some board members objected to the early start in light of the staff, student and parent survey results as well as research supporting a later school start time for adolescents. Superintendent Theresa Davidson noted time is running out to notify parents and staff of a change, but acknowledged a clear interest by the board to pursue a later start time for secondary students. She offered to continue efforts to work toward that goal.

Other Board Business
Athletic Handbook - The board approved the 2015-16 Athletic Handbook for grades 7-12.

Board Reports
FHTC Board - Grant Riles reported that the board has reviewed the new strategic plan. He reminded the group about the FHTC Foundation fundraiser on Friday.
Recreation Commission - Mike Helbert updated the board on high participation in ERC youth activities as well as more senior citizens using the fitness center.
Legislative Update - Rob Scheib reviewed the components of the new school finance law that has frozen the budget for the next two years.

Consent Agenda

The board approved the following:

  • A $8,612 donation from the Hopkins Foundation for staff appreciation
  • Payment of Kansas Assoc of School Boards membership dues and fees and National Assoc of School Boards dues for 2015-16
  • Schedule for the Summer Food Service Program at EMS, Riverside, Village, WA White & Camp Alexander
  • Student technology and activity fees for 2015-16
  • A $2,067 donation to Walnut School from the PTO for field trips