Staff Bulletin | February 11, 2016
District News

Retirement Reception
for Theresa Davidson
The Emporia Board of Education will host a public reception for Superintendent Theresa Davidson on Wednesday, May 11,
at Mary Herbert Education Center. The reception will begin at 6 pm before the board meeting at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served. Superintendent Davidson will retire June 30.  

New Traffic Flow at EMS
Emporia Middle School and the Transportation Department will implement a new traffic flow for student drop off and pick up on Feb. 22. Parent traffic will begin using the back drive, entering from West 24th Avenue. Buses will pick up and drop off from the front parking lot. 

Retirement Workshop
Are you within five years of retirement? Not sure when and how to take that first step? You're invited to our spring pre-retirement seminars.

See this month's KPERS Member Newsletter.

See this month's EMPAC employee newsletter.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Angela Acevedo
para/teacher aide, Logan Avenue

Samantha Cargile
paraeducator, Riverside

Abigail Phelps
paraeducator, Riverside

Debra Jones
flex worker, Food Service

Kaitlyn Just
language arts, EHS (8/16)

Michelle Gifford
physical education, Riverside (8/16)


Samantha Aye
paraeducator, Madison

Gustavo Forero
bus driver/mechanic, Transportation

Cindy Hardin
payroll clerk, Mary Herbert

Kristen Kuhlmann
Exec Dir Secondary Education, Mary Herbert

Katrina Hachinsky
strategist, Timmerman

Jennifer Dains
paraeducator, Americus


Jennie Hoy
Food Service, Walnut

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Hopkins Award Winner

Congratulations to Amanda Schaefer, EMS social studies teacher and recent recipient of a Hopkins Award. In addition to the $2,000 cash award, she will receive $1,000 to designate for a school use.

Challenge Awards
Congratulations to Logan Avenue, Riverside, WA White & Emporia Middle School, all winners of 2015 Challenge Awards from the state. The awards are given to schools based on state assessment scores. Read more

Employee Wellness All-Stars

Seven Transportation Department employees received Fitbits last week for completing the Employee Wellness Program. So far, 39 district employees have completed the program, earning either a Fitbit or a cash incentive. American Fidelity is one of the business partners providing the Fitbits. A total of 14 Fitbits were given away last week.
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Capital Expenditure Priorities
Rob Scheib, assistant superintendent for Business, reviewed the capital expenditure priorities as identified by school site councils, district administration and the Emergency Operations Planning Committee. Priority projects include construction of wind shelters, secured front entrances at all schools, interior locking doors in all schools, scheduled roof replacements and updating EHS science classrooms, among others. Cost estimates and suggested timelines for deferred maintenance were included. 

The full list includes approximately 200 project requests. Total cost of the improvements would far exceed the $1.5 million per year available to the district from the capital outlay levy. 

The board will receive more information about the safety and security recommendations at the Feb. 24 meeting. The board will further discuss these and other priorities at a study session March 23.

EHS Enrollment Modifications
The board approved five modifications to the EHS enrollment handbook for 2016-17. The most significant change will be to remove Spartan Success as a required course for all freshmen. The course objectives will be embedded into the Career and Academic Planning class (formerly I & E) during all four years.

Consent Agenda
The board approved the following:
  • $500 grant for EHS Stuco from the Emporia Community Foundation/Jane and Bernard Reeble Fund
  • A donation of $8,459 from the Hopkins Foundation for Hopkins Awards and staff appreciation