Staff Bulletin | August 25, 2016
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District News

Important Deadlines
Take note of these deadlines ahead:
  • 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 is posted 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


Fernando Cartagena
paraeducator, Walnut

Amanda Crone
paraeducator, Riverside

Angela Sigle
assistant cook, Food Service

Allyson Hawes
paraeducator, Timmerman

Mariah Holt
paraeducator, Timmerman

Venessa Anderson
paraeducator, Americus

Veronica Rojas Benitez
paraeducator, Riverside

Grace Miller
paraeducator, EHS

Ana Rodriguez
teacher aide, EMS

Stephanie Schoeph
teacher aide, EHS

Marianne Dixon
paraeducaor, EHS

Modesta Camarena
assistant cook, Food Service

Diana Ehrlich
paraeducator, Prairie Heights

Haley Fender
paraeducator, Timmerman

Heather Probasco
reading, EMS

Mark Manbeck
special education, EMS

Rosa Perez
teacher aide, EMS

Stephen Rodriguez
custodian, Riverside (6/17)

#EmporiaProud Moments

Corporate Challenge
The school district is well-represented this year in the 2016 Corporate Challenge sponsored by the Emporia Recreation Commission. 
The district has at least two teams, Village and USD 253.

Members of the USD 253 team this year are: Jill Lynch, Walnut; Ashley Conrade, TPA; Ashley Mawdsley, Logan; Megan Van Sickle, WA White; Ryan Nichols, Turning Point; Rene Jenkins, Walnut; Amanda Neff, EMS; Chris Skiles, EMS; Tyler Bosiljevac, EHS; Manuel Estrada, Walnut; Samantha Estrada, Mary Herbert; Kara Conley, Walnut; Gary Loukes, Timmerman; and Michelle Gifford, Riverside.

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Get Your Motor Running 5K
Get Your Motor Running 5K is an all-abilities event to raise awareness for the Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative students and services. It will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10 am starting at Mary Herbert Education Center.

See flier for information. You can register using our paper registration form or you can register online at

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Emporia Public Schools
2016-17 Budget Approved
Following a short public hearing on the district budget for 2016-17, the board voted to adopt the budget as published. The mill levy will remain unchanged. The majority of the budget remains frozen under the block grant law, with the exception of special education, capital outlay and supplemental general funds. However, an increase in state aid for supplemental general fund will be offset by a decrease in local funds so the district will not see an increase in LOB funds. The district does expect an increase in capital outlay funds. 

New Playground at Maynard
The board authorized the district to proceed with a new playground at Maynard Early Childhood Center that is developmentally appropriate for 3 and 4 year olds. The project will be paid for with grant funds from the Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust and the Clint Bowyer 79 Fund, along with $6,552 in district funds. The project is expected to be complete in October.

Other Board Business

The board approved the following:

  • a Memorandum of Understanding with Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness for the PASS behavorial health program for K-5 students
  • an $11,000 grant award from the Jones Trust for the JAG-Kansas program at EHS
  • an agreement with the Emporia Country Club for the use of the golf course by the EHS golf teams

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Emporia, Kansas 66801