Staff Bulletin | May 26, 2016
District News

Important Reminders
Lump sum payments  
will be made June 30.

* Employees making Section 125 changes for the summer need to notify the Business Office by June 1.
* Official transcripts and college hour forms must be received in the Business office by Sept 1, 2016 for any certified staff moving on the salary schedule.

Summer Meals Program
Dates and locations for the Summer Meals Program have been set. Breakfast and lunch will be served at Riverside, Village & W.A. White starting May 31, and at EHS starting June 6.

MHEC Summer Hours
Summer hours at Mary Herbert Education Center will be 7:30 am - 4 pm Monday - Thursday June 6 - July 29. The building will be closed Fridays during June and July.

Social Security Admin Office
Beginning June 13, 2016, the Social Security Administration office here in Emporia will begin different hours.  They will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm.

Voting Information
Be sure to vote Tuesday, August 2. Make sure you're registered to vote by clicking here. If you've moved or changed your name, you must re-register.

Apply for mail ballot for the August Primary. Summer is a busy time for families and employees -- a mail ballot allows you to vote from home, when it's convenient for you. Click here to apply TODAY to receive a ballot by mail.

Before NOON on Wednesday, June 1: Go to your county election office and select the party affiliation (Republican or Democrat) for the primary you want to vote in on Aug. 2. Click here for a printable voter application and party designation form or find online registration information here

If you aren't sure which primary you want to vote in yet, change your registration to Unaffiliated before this deadline. You can then request a Republican OR Democratic ballot at your polling place on Aug. 2. (If you do this, you will need to complete paperwork at the poll to affiliate with the party whose ballot you select.) If you are doing a mail-in ballot, you must designate your party affiliation before noon on June 1.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Sarah Bean
grade 7 English, EMS

Holli Dawson
grade 8 English, EMS

Sara Webster
elementary, WA White

Andrea Anderson
grade 3, Logan Avenue

Mary Baca
teacher, assignment pending

Rhonda Beatty
student support specialist, Logan Avenue

Tina Hauff
occupational therapist, FHSEC

Chris Dunlap
special education, Northern Heights

Martha MacKay
science, EHS

Allyson Rhodes
paraeducator, Riverside

Minerva Sandoval
flex worker, Food Service


Cathy Stevens
grade 7 language arts, EMS

Beverly Gross
grade 1, WA White

Stefanie Baker
grade 1, WA White

Brandi Maples
kindergarten, WA White

Ashley Jowers
occupational therapist, FHSEC

Taylor Henton
grade 8 English, EMS

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Riverside 5th Grade Donations

Riverside fifth graders held two fundraisers during the year, collecting a total of $1,300. The class voted to donate $650 each to SOS and the Emporia Animal Shelter. Checks were presented to both organizations at a school assembly Tuesday.

Employee Wellness Champions

Wellness Champion t-shirts were delivered this week to the Transportation Department. These employees had the most points and participation in the Employee Wellness Program this year. 

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Emporia Public Schools
16-17 Master Contract, Staff Salary & Benefits Package 
The board approved the master agreement for licensed professional staff and the salary schedules for classified, classified exempt and administrators. All employee groups will see an average 1.5 percent pay increase. The district contribution to the health insurance fringe benefit did not change, but the cost to employees is yet to be determined, pending receipt of new rates.

Academic Calendar Changes
The board also approved revisions to the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic calendars due to an agreement with teachers during the IBB process.

Board Approves New
Graduation Requirements
The board approved changes to district graduation requirements that will be effective starting with the Class of 2021. In addition to the academic requirements, the committee proposes life skill requirements in these four areas:
  • Lifetime Health Awareness
  • Adapt to Current & Future Technology
  • Civic Engagement
  • Employability
Students will have multiple ways to demonstrate those skills during their four years in high school.

Mobilizing Literacy Grant
The board accepted a Mobilizing Literacy Grant from the Jones Foundation through Emporia State University for $115,409. The focus of the grant will be increasing kindergarten readiness for preschool children in Emporia. One of the steps will include adding a preschool classroom at Maynard Early Childhood Center in 2016-17.

School Supply Donation
The board accepted a donation of school supplies from the First United Methodist Church of Emporia. The church will purchase all supplies from the published list for all PK - 12 students.

Resources for EHS Math Course
The board approved resources for a new math intervention course at EHS starting in the fall.

Budget Planning Timeline
Rob Scheib reviewed the expected timeline for planning the budget and public meetings with the board. A public budget workshop is scheduled for 6 pm July 27.

School for Fair Funding Invoice
The board approved payment of an invoice from Schools for Fair Funding for $16,841.

Consent Agenda
The board approved the following:
  • Permission to dispose of surplus technology equipment
  • A $25,000 state grant for the Migrant Summer Program
  • An agreement between ECKAN and FHSEC
  • Donation of $5,000 from the Hopkins Foundation for employee recognition
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