Staff Bulletin | June 11, 2015


Computer Sale June 23

The district will sell approximately 400 desktop computers with 19-inch LCD screens along with some 17-inch LCD screen bundles on June 23. See details of items here.


The sale will be at Emporia Middle School, Room D3 (Tech Ed) from 8 am to 3 pm. The computers will be sold for $60 each and the screen bundles for $20 each on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person will be limited to two computers; the limit will be removed after 1 pm. Computers must be picked up that day.


For buyers unsatisfied with their purchase for any reason, there will be a three-day no-questions-asked return policy. The computers are 6 years old.


Fitness Room Hours

These are the summer hours for the EHS Fitness Room for employees:

Monday - Friday
5:30 am-8:30 pm(with AC)
Saturday & Sunday
5 am-7 pm (no AC)

Employees should avoid using the fitness room during the summer weights classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from June 9 - July 30 at 6 am8 am, & 
7 pm.

News from EMPAC

Read the Employee Newsletter with wellness and productivity tips from EMPAC.


News from KPERS

Read the latest budget and financial planning advice from KPERS.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Caressa Quarles
5th grade, Timmerman

Jennifer Hendrickson
1st grade, Timmerman

Valerie Patterson
1st grade, Logan Avenue

Nisreen Siam

Rosa Perez Barriga
teacher aide, EMS

Jola Casey
paraeducator, Madison

Cassie Hopper
paraeducator, Maynard

Amalia Gonzalez
paraeducator, Maynard

Rocia Vega
paraeducator, Maynard

Celeste Gonzales
paraeducator, Maynard

Amanda Leslie
para/teacher aide, Village



Tonya Barnes

special education coordinator, FHSEC


Linda Ketter Passmore

7th grade math, EMS


Kyle Redo

athletic trainer/district wellness specialist


Jamie Noll

instructional strategist, WA White


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Emporia Public Schools
Health Insurance News
The board heard an update of health and dental insurance rates for district employees for the plan year starting October 1, 2015. Health insurance rates will increase 9-10 percent with mail prescriptions remaining at $170 for a 90-day supply. Employees will continue to have two options for coverage, and a third option with a higher deductible is being added. Dental rates also will increase 7 percent. Employees will get full details from the Business Office by mail soon, and dates to meet with American Fidelity representatives will be included.

Legislative Update
The board received an update on the state legislature and the status of a revenue bill to balance the budget. If the legislature does not approve a tax plan, the governor will be required to make allotments to balance the budget. Based on information from the Kansas State Department of Education, that would reduce school budgets another 6 percent. For Emporia, the reduction would be $2 million on top of reductions from the block grant funding.

2016-17 School Calendar
The board approved the school calendar for 2016-17 as recommended by the Professional Development Council. The calendar includes all of the components included in the 2015-16 Master Agreement with teachers and incorporates three STREAM Project days for a total of 174 days of student contact. 

Sale of Kansas Avenue Building
The board voted to dispose of the Kansas Avenue building at 315 S Market St., and advertise the building for sale or lease.

Recruitment & Retention

The board received a report on the teacher retention rates for Kansas and the district. Emporia is following national trends with an average 12 percent turnover among teachers each year, with turnover higher among first-year teachers. The district created a Recruitment & Retention Committee to recommend strategies that will improve job satisfaction. 

Consent Agenda

The board approved the following:

  • request to dispose of computer monitors and equipment at a public sale June 23
  • renewal agreement for participation in the federal school lunch program

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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801