Staff Bulletin | June 25, 2015


Personal Changes Announced for 2015-16
Some personnel changes have been made in district-level positions effective July 1. All of the changes are being made as part of reorganizations that will not increase personnel costs and in most cases will decrease costs.

Special Education Coordinator Monica Duncan will fill the vacancy of Tonya Barnes in the Madison & Hamilton districts. See details in a letter to special education staff from Elena Lincoln and Superintendent Theresa Davidson.

Cassie Guion will become Assistant Food Service Director as part of a reorganization in that department.

Nate Barrett will move from Turning Point Academy to a district-level Information Technology Specialist position in the Technology Department. He will assume some responsibilities of Dave Leiker, who will retire in the fall. An electronic media specialist will be hired later this year to fill Dave's role as webmaster and electronic media engineer. 

New Mileage Rate
Starting July 1, the mileage rate for use of personal vehicles at work will increase from 56 cents to 57 cents per mile.
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Jessica Johnston
social worker/behavior specialist
Logan Avenue

Kelly Crabb
1st grade, Village

Angela Cowen
to be assigned, EMS

Kayla Taliaferro
special education, EMS

Hannah Stair
8th grade math, EMS

Joseph Gehring
district maintenance, Operational Services



Ali Geitz

special education, EMS


Charla Heddin

special education coordinator, FHSEC


Consent Agenda

The board approved a $500 donation from Tim & Kristi Wright for the EHS 2-D art program.


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Earlier this week, Logan Avenue Principal Jessica Griffin and 4th grade teacher Madeline Dierking (above) were presenters at the KSDE Excellence in Math & Science Education Conference in Hutchinson. Approximately 60 K-12 teachers, principals and instructional coaches attended their session,"Power of Differentiation in Math, Teaching New Concepts in Small Groups." They reported, "Our feedback was amazing; we may have more teacher teams coming to check out how we do business in Emporia Public Schools."

Also during the conference, EHS science teacher Frances Wecker was recognized as a nominee for the Presidential Math & Science Teacher of the Year award!


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Update on Board Goals 
The Board received an update on progress toward district goals. The report shows on-grade level progress for students PreK - 12 in reading and math based on multiple measures.
Since the goals were adopted, several changes have been made in Kansas education - adoption of new College & Career Ready standards that influence the curriculum, waivers to NCLB as we await the re-authorization of ESEA, new state assessments and changes in instructional frameworks. 
Dr. George Abel and Ryan Karjala, associate executive director for Assessments & Accountability, shared a variety of measures of progress. State assessment results will not be available until fall. The preliminary report demonstrates a new framework for encompassing multiple measures of academic progress toward college and career ready achievement.

Technology Report
Paul Beadles, director of IT Operations, updated the board on summer projects being completed by the Technology Department summer staff. Projects include a new website that will be launched in August, making needed changes in the system to accommodate all-wireless classrooms, and preparing 3,572 Chromebooks for student use in August.

District Fees & Usage Rates

Elementary Staff Handbook
The board approved revisions to the elementary certified staff handbook for 2015-16. 

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Grant
The board accepted a $62,900 Fresh Fruits & Vegetable Grant from KSDE for Logan Avenue, Riverside, Walnut & WA White schools. The board directed the administration to use local funds to include the program at Timmerman and Village schools.

Property/Casualty Insurance

The board accepted a quote for property and casualty insurance totaling $471,453, a decrease from the current year.