Emporia School Board accepts resignation of Helbert, approves budget timeline Featured

Emporia School Board meets Wednesday evening. Emporia School Board meets Wednesday evening. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News

Emporia School Board members met Wednesday for a short action meeting. 

Among the items approved, the board accepted the resignation of board member Mike Helbert, who this week announced he’d be leaving effective July 15 due to personal reasons. Board President Doug Epp says Helbert, who served 11 years on the board will be missed.

Helbert was attending a separate meeting Wednesday and was unavailable for comment after the school board meeting.

Epp says the board will make a decision on an appointment to the board after July with direction from Superintendent Kevin Case. He says it's a little unfamiliar territory, and just the second time during Epp's tenure that the board will face such a decision.

The school board can not advertise the vacancy until after July 15. The board's appointment will serve out the remainder of Helbert's term which expires in early January 2020. Helbert was not in attendance during Wednesday's meeting. He informed the board earlier this week his intention to resign from the board due to personal reason and time commitments elsewhere. A reception for Helbert will take place ahead of the board’s July 11 meeting.

During Wednesday's meeting, the board accepted a tentative budget timeline that would see them potentially having a budget workshop by July 25, and possibly publishing a budget by July 31. A vote on the budget could take place by Aug. 22, but that all hinges on how the Kansas Supreme Court rules on the state's school funding bill. A vote is expected on or before June 30.

In other business, the board approved to publish the position of a construction manager at-risk for the district’s upcoming needs assessment. A request for qualifications will be available on or after July 5 with a three-stage qualifications-based selection process. It will be published in the Emporia Gazette and responses will be due on or before July 19. The board also took action renewing the district's property and casualty insurance for the 2018-19 school year from a $483,435 bid from CBIZ Insurance Services of Kansas City.

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