Staff Bulletin | August 11, 2016
New Faces @ MHEC
We have several new people working at Mary Herbert Education Center. Use this handy "who to call" guide to help navigate our organization. Our staff is here to help all of our employees with whatever they need!

Important Deadlines
Take note of these deadlines ahead:
  • August 31 is the last day to make changes in cafeteria plan and deferred benefit options (contact Melissa Vogts)
  • September 1 is the last day to submit certificates of ESL endorsements for one-time ESL bonus to be paid in October (see Kathy Dreier)
  • September 1 also is the last day to submit transcripts or other verification of hours, degrees & endorsements that may result in additional pay or new placement on the salary schedule. (see Kathy Dreier)
Personal Illness Pool
Information will be posted soon in all buildings about the Personal Illness Pool. The deadline to sign up for the first time is September 30. The pool provides additional temporary leave to employees who have used all chargeable leave and have experienced "extraordinary circumstances" that require additional leave.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report

The list of personnel recommendations is lengthy and can be viewed here.
Consent Agenda
The board approved the following routine items:
  • Contract with city for use of Emporia Municipal Golf Course
  • Acceptance of a $500,000 STREAM Grant for the final year
  • Disposal of surplus technology equipment
  • Acceptance of a $7,500 donation from Clint Bowyer's 79 Fund to Maynard ECC for new playground equipment

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Emporia, Kansas 66801

#EmporiaProud Moments

Happy New Year!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Back-to-School Celebration Wednesday at Emporia High School. The #EmporiaProud photo booth was a popular activity and you can see the photo booth fun here.
Special thank yous go to Johnny Drake, Denise Kater, Kim Kirk, Laura Schwinn, Melissa Sears & Saul Trujillo for participating in our BTS video stories.

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Board Thanks FUMC for Donation
Board President Grant Riles thanks First United Methodist Church representatives for their donation of school supplies for students this fall.

Plan for Board Study Sessions
The board discussed a plan to incorporate study sessions into the schedule of regular meetings during the year. Superintendent Kevin Case suggested using the second meetings of the month to study topics that need more time. The first topic will be "kindergarten readiness" and it will be scheduled for September or October.

Summer Project Report
Assistant Superintendent for Business Rob Scheib and Maintenance Director Bob Fancher reviewed the summer projects completed by the District Maintenance Department and contractors. Projects included a new roof at Logan Avenue, relining sewer lines from the kitchen at EHS, removing levels from the EMS cafetorium, and bathroom updates, new carpeting, and painting at several buildings.
Director of IT Operations Paul Beadles reviewed the summer technology work. Staff updated over 1,000 desktops and laptops to Windows 10 and cleaned and repaired (as needed) over 4,200 Chomebooks and tablets for student use. 
See a complete summary of maintenance and technology projects here.

Other Board Business
The board approved Memorandums of Understanding for: 
  • concurrent enrollment at Emporia High School and Flint Hills Technical College
  • partnership between the EHS Geometry in Construction class and Habitat for Humanity Project for students to build a shed for a Habitat for Humanity home