School Bus Driver Appreciation Day is Wednesday, October 21. This sign was displayed in 2014 at Maynard Early Childhood Center.
Staff Bulletin | October 15, 2015

Bus Safety a Priority

The District Transportation Department observes National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 19-23) throughout the year. Drivers randomly select trips to practice evacuation drills. This drill was done this morning. On Wednesday, the district will observe School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day and drivers will attend an Active Shooter Training for Bus Drivers conducted by Ret. Capt. Gary Moore, a 34-year veteran of the Missouri Highway Patrol and now a nationally known trainer with the Center for Education Safety.

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Personnel Report


Alisa Milner
paraeducator, Hamilton

Kimberly Brothers
paraeducator, EMS

Janet Hopkins
paraeducator, EMS

David Magana
AVID tutor, EHS

Dorothee McWilliams
paraeducator, Americus

Jack Heinrichs
paraeducator, EHS

William Austin
para/teacher aide, Village

Mary Ann Redeker
paraeducator, Riverside

Arijana Cook
bus aide, Transportation

Ariel Smith
paraeducator, EHS

Samantha Aye
paraeducator, Madison

Paige Casey
paraeducator, Madison

Cassie Heffron
food service accountability, Timmerman

Jessica Collins
OT assistant, FHSEC


Ann Fullen
secretary, Mary Herbert

Carol Mitchell
librarian/art, Timmerman

Kay Carl
7th grade math, EMS

Jackie Medina
instr strategist, Timmerman

Karen Myers
language arts, EHS

Mary Beth Janssen
librarian, EMS

Jane King
records management, Mary Herbert

Brenda Kahle
records management, Mary Herbert


James Scribner
custodian, Riverside

Rigoberto Aguirre
custodian, Village

Ellen Adee
paraeducator, Northern Heights

Angela Acevedo Felix
paraeducator, Maynard

Kim Sherwood
support technician, EHS

Michelle Webster
paraeducator, Timmerman/Walnut

Claudia Medal
office aide, Walnut

Justin Brummett
support technician, Walnut/Village


Ashley Hutcherson
para/aide, Logan Avenue

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Sixth Grade Walk a Success

Emporia Middle School sixth graders raised $7,000 for the annual 6th Grade Walk-a-thon held today on the EHS track. The class presented $1,000 to six community service organizations during an assembly this afternoon. Pictured below are representatives of (from left) the Buck Foundation, David Traylor Zoo, SOS, Emporia Senior Center and Emporia Public Library. A representative from Abundant Harvest could not attend. An additional $1,000 will be given to a staff member to help with medical expenses.

Gravel Ride Champion

Nicole Schmidt, 7th grade science teacher at EMS, won the women's division of the Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash last month in Marysville. 

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Enrollment Report
Ryan Karjala, associate executive director of Assessment and Accountability, reviewed the preliminary fall 2015 student headcount report. Unaudited headcount enrollment for K-12 is 4,230, an increase from last year. His report also showed trends in enrollment over the past six years and trends in individual school enrollment the past three years.

Superintendent Search
The board approved an agreement with the Kansas Association of School Boards to do the superintendent search. A revised timeline was presented to the board, with applications closing January 7, 2016, and interviews of finalists tentatively scheduled the week of January 11. In December, KASB will provide opportunities for groups to identify desired characteristics for the new superintendent. Those dates and times will be announced in the future.

Kansas Avenue Lease
The board approved a two-year lease agreement with the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas for the use of Kansas Avenue. The mental health center will use the building for the Gateway program for youth and expansion of other crisis services.

Federal Grant, Textbooks
The board accepted a federal Rural and Low-Income Schools Grant for $55,372. The funds will be used to purchase crisis mental health support services for students in grades K-5 from the Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas.
The board also approved the purchase of new Algebra 2 textbooks totaling $25,500.

Board Policies
The board approved board policy updates as recommended by KASB. 

Consent Agenda
The board approved the following:
  • Permission to seek bids for paper supplies and services eligible for E-rate funding
  • Agreement for IEP nursing services
  • Donation of $8,612 from the Hopkins Foundation
Emporia Public Schools
1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801