The first Glow Run 5K Emporia drew 470 runners & walkers, and the event raised $1,175 for the AVID program at Emporia High and Emporia Middle schools. (Dave Leiker photos)
Staff Bulletin | September 10, 2015

United Way Pledges
Due to Building Captains
The deadline to return United Way donations or pledge forms to your building captains is approaching. Visit for information.

Tour de Village Saturday
Registration will be taken until Saturday morning for the Village PTO Tour de Village 5K Run/Walk, Bike Ride & 3-on-3 Basketball. Registration is $25 and you pick your event. See details here.

Student Artwork Needed
Teachers are welcome to send student artwork and projects for display at Mary Herbert Education Center. Submit student work to Ann Fullen in Community Relations.

KPERS Life Insurance Offer
Open enrollment for KPERS optional life insurance is now open through Sept. 30. Follow link for information.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Jennifer Ramsey
teacher, Logan Avenue

Rebecca Foraker
paraeducator, Olpe

Janeen Cisneros
paraeducator, EHS

Abbie Lyon
paraeducator, Riverside

Jessica Carlson
teacher/office aide, Village

Samuel Juarez
AVID tutor, EHS

Alex Turley
Rule 10 debate coach, EHS

Joselynn McMillin
flex worker, Food Service

Genessa Edwards
paraeducator, Prairie Heights

Coral Demars
paraeducator, Madison

Allyson Hawes
paraeducator/aide, Village

Ashley Lundblom
library clerk, EHS

Cristal Morales
teacher aide, EMS

W. Craig Bastin
custodian, EMS

Chelsey Line
paraeducator, Olpe

Tina Bolton
bus driver/bus aide, Transportation

Jennifer Rutledge
paraeducator/aide, Village

Anna Rodriguez
paraeducator, Village

Pamela Ssavanh
assistant cook, Food Service

Matthew Fowler
electronic media specialist, MHEC

Asia Mackey
AVID tutor, EHS

Joeley Stewart
paraeducator, Americus


Diana Wilhite
computer applications, EMS

Theresa Davidson


Kay Andrew
paraeducator, Madison

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Good Things!
Food Service 
Now Serving Fanestil Meats
The District Food Service Department is now serving Fanestil ham and chicken as part of the Farm to School project.

Options for employees also have been increased this fall. Staff members can order a chef's salad for $2.50 or a ham or chicken sandwich on homemade wheat buns for $2 each. Orders must be placed with Geralyn Strait before 9 am and the food will be delivered to your district building before lunch. 

Community Health Fest
The Emporia Public Schools are joining with Healthier Lyon County to sponsor a community health fest Saturday, Sept 19, 8 am-noon at the Flinthills Mall. All employees are encouraged to attend. 

Staff are encouraged to bring biometric screening information and Health Risk Assessment if you want to meet with BCBS disease management specialists for a free health coaching session. All employees can attend the FREE health coaching sessions with BCBS regardless of health insurance coverage.  
Be sure to sign in at the EPS Wellness Program Booth for points toward your Wellness Program goal.

Community Flyers Online 
Check out our new Community Flyer Page on the redesigned district website. Flyers approved for distribution in the schools are now posted online for greater parent and student access.

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
Superintendent Search
The board accepted a notice of retirement from Superintendent Theresa Davidson, effective June 30, 2016. At a future meeting, the board will discuss a process to fill the vacancy.

Applications for Board
The board will interview six applicants for a vacant seat on the board starting at 6:30 pm Monday at Mary Herbert Education Center. Six individuals have applied:  Jennifer Dalton, Shilo Good, Jeff Lutes, Colleen Mitchell, Iona Moore and Melissa Reed. The interviews will be done during an open meeting.
Lease-Purchase Kansas Avenue
The board authorized the administration to pursue a lease-purchase agreement for the Kansas Avenue building with the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas. MHCECK plans to house children's services and move the Gateway program to the Kansas Avenue location.

Utility Monitoring Agreement
The board approved an agreement with Utility Cost Control of Overland Park to audit district utility expenditures and look for possible refunds and/or reductions of our utility costs. 

Budget Adoption Resolution
The board adopted a resolution to publish a second notice of the budget as approved by the board.

Consent Agenda
The board approved these consent agenda items:
  • Request to dispose of surplus property
  • Updated the list of eligible depository of funds to include Community National Bank & Trust
  • A $5,000 donation from the Reeble Foundation to the EHS Theater Department
  • A $5,500 donation from the Walnut PTO to remodel a restroom at the school
  • A resolution adopting the Lyon County Mitigation Plan as submitted by the Office of Lyon County Emergency Management