Craig Zablocki talks to employees about giving 100% during this week's Back-to-School Convocation. The breakfast and convocation speaker was sponsored by The Hopkins Foundation. Remember to nominate employees for Hopkins Awards at any time during the year. 
Staff Bulletin | August 13, 2015

Fingerprint Kits
As a service to teachers, the Emporia USD 253 Human Resources Department has made it more convenient to get KSDE fingerprint cards completed. The district security guards have been trained in fingerprinting and can provide teachers with fingerprints as required for KSDE licensure. Contact one of the officers to set up an appointment as needed.
There is no cost to have the fingerprinting done but KSDE does charge a $50 background check fee when the fingerprint card is submitted.

Larry Clay: Mary Herbert
Willie Turner: EMS
Jeff Illk:  EHS,

September 1 Deadline
September 1 is the deadline to submit transcripts or other verification of hours, additional degrees and endorsements that could result in additional pay or movement on the salary schedule. Send the information to Kathy Dreier in the Business Office.

Personal Illness Pool
Information will be posted soon in all buildings about the Personal Illness Pool. The deadline to sign up for the first time is October 1. The pool provides additional temporary leave to employees who have used all chargeable leave and have experienced "extraordinary circumstances" that require additional leave.

AT&T Discount
The district has been notified that all USD 253 employees are eligible for a 17% monthly discount. discount. Read more information here.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Susan Martin
special education, Council Grove

Stephanie Torres
English as a Second Language, FHLC

Heather Seymour
paraeducator, Council Grove

Alejandra Hernandez-Rios
paraeducator, Riverside

Emily Catron
paraeducator, Council Grove

Julie Sandoval
paraeducator, Council Grove

Dawn Lucas
paraeducator, Council Grove

Vicke Palencia
flex worker, food service

Stephanie Sandoval
district accountant, MHEC

Brittony Lewis
paraeducator, Timmerman

Collette Portofee
paraeducator, WA White

Jessica Boone
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Annabelle Arndt
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Mary Hernandez
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Brandon Porter
school psychologist, FHSEC



Phillip Tornton

English, EHS


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Good Things!

United Way Campaign

The 2015-2016 United Way Campaign is upon us! 
Information about the campaign and pledge forms will be distributed in the schools soon. The theme is "Aspire to change tomorrow starting today." 
Many United Way focus areas complement the work we do. Donations to the United Way stay in the area to support local programs. For information about United Way and programs they support, including Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and the Food for Students project, visit the UWFH website.
Employee Wellness Program
Be sure to register to participate in our new Employee Wellness ProgramGet the latest information by joining the Employee Wellness Google Community page.

Watch for good things happening in USD 253 on the Teaching & Learning Facebook page. Regular reports & photos from classrooms will brighten your day.

Follow news about job postings & education highlights on the Human Resources Facebook and Twitter page.
Emporia Public Schools
Board Member Resigns
The board accepted the resignation of board member Brent Windsor, effective at the end of the meeting August 19. The board will publish a notice of vacancy and discuss the process for filling the vacancy at that time.

Reception for Brent Windsor
The board of education will host a reception for Brent Windsor from 6:15 - 7 pm Wednesday, August 19, in the board meeting room at Mary Herbert Education Center. All district staff and community members are invited.
Transportation Report
Transportation Director Shelby Harvel updated the board on the district's fleet of buses and vehicles, their condition and maintenance needs. All district vehicles used to transport students have passed the annual safety inspection by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Purchase District Vans
The board approved the purchase of three 10-passenger vans from John North Ford at a cost of $24,990 each.

Consent Agenda
The board approved these consent agenda items:
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Habitat for Humanity
  • Concurrent Enrollment Partnership with Flint Hills Technical College
  • Purchase updated SuccessMaker software licenses for Chromebooks

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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801