Staff Bulletin | March 24, 2016
District News

Hopkins Award
Online nominations for Hopkins Awards are accepted anytime during the year. Nominations will be kept on file until March 15 of each year; nominations submitted after that date will be considered for the next school year. Nominations not selected for an award may be resubmitted.

Licensure Application 
Forms Now Online
Teacher Licensure and Accreditation has a new group of application forms as online forms. Go to the License Applications Page on the KSDE website for the list of application forms.

Friends of EPS
Take a minute to check the new Friends of Emporia Public Schools Facebook page for ways to support our school families. Student & Family Resources uses the page to communicate needs of students and families during the year. If you see something on the list that you would like to donate, please e-mail Heather Wagner or call the office, 341-2392.

Sheds for Sale
The EHS Geometry in Construction class is building storage sheds (10'x12') that will be available for purchase for the cost of materials (approx. $1,200) plus the cost of moving the shed. For more information, contact Gene Wirsig at EHS.

Upcoming Events
Looking for something to do after work or on weekends? Check out upcoming events:

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Centennial League Award
Congratulations to EHS Lady Spartan head coach Carolyn Lee, who was named Basketball Coach of the Year by the Centennial League for 2015-16.

Walk for Kansas Schools

An Emporia team joined more than 500 walkers for the Game On for Kansas School Walk for Education March 11-14. A total of 20 people walked the Emporia-to-Topeka route or drove support vehicles over the four days. The Emporia group included (pictured above) Eleanor Browning, Devin Wilson, Gloria Hannon, Frances Wecker and Erica Huggard. Also participating from Emporia were: Chris Parks, Jim Hannon and Doug McGaw. Frances, Devin and Erica walked the full 60 miles. 
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Board Study Session:
Capital improvement priorities 
The board discussed a long list of improvement projects across the district, ranging from painting and repairing walls, new roofs, updated classroom spaces, and safety and security improvements. 

The purpose of the meeting was to identify priorities for the years ahead and to give direction to district administration on what projects deserve more study to determine their scope and cost.

Rob Scheib, assistant superintendent of Business Operations, and Ryan Karjala, director of assessment and accountability, shared information about repairs and improvement projects identified by school administrators and their site councils. The needs list also was reviewed by the District Financial Review Committee and district administration.

After discussion, the board reached consensus on capital outlay projects estimated to cost nearly $1.5 million. These include previous commitments to the ESU field project, repayment of energy bonds, and a lease agreement for student technology devices. 

In addition, the board asked for more information about financing options for bonds that could be used to pay for larger projects.