Emporia Board of Education review contracts and reflect on feedback during regular meeting Featured

Emporia Board of Education review contracts and reflect on feedback during regular meeting KVOE File Photo
USD 253 Board of Education members took time to discuss a long-standing partnership while reviewing feedback from the first of four town hall informational meetings during their board meeting Wednesday evening.
Superintendent Kevin Case tells board members he feels the first informational town hall regarding the proposed $78 million bond election for facility improvements saw a great turnout. According to Case, around 14 residents attended the first meeting on June 27th at Walnut Elementary. Among other benefits, Case explains the face-to-face interaction with district stakeholders allows for district administrators to make any and all information -- that may in some cases be lost in translation -- as clear as possible. He says allowing residents to also walk through and see for themselves the current facilities and what the district is planning is another major benefit. He says many residents may not have been through the facilities for quite some time, if ever, and getting back into the buildings and seeing where they are and where they could be is good for everyone. The next town hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 6 pm inside the Emporia Middle School cafetorium. Two more meetings are also scheduled: *July 23, 7:30 am: Trusler Business Center *July 31, 6 pm: Emporia High School library In addition to the feedback on the recent town hall, board members had some face-to-face time with representatives of Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness. Crosswinds and the district have had a partnership for the past few years which has provided several programs across the district. In addition, students have received therapeutic and case management services at district buildings which help to meet the social-emotional and behavioural needs of each student. According to Crosswinds CEO Amanda Cunningham, the purpose for their visit was to highlight many of the benefits of the partnership as the district is in the midst of putting together their 2020 budget. During the meeting board members and Crosswinds representatives mutually agreed the partnership has been very beneficial. Cunningham says over the years mental health has become a more prevalent topic, not only in schools but throughout communities as a whole. Cunningham says one of their hopes is to at some point have a permanent case manager at each USD 253 building. Currently, Crosswinds has permanent case managers located at Emporia Middle School, Emporia High School, Maynard, Logan Avenue Elementary and the Connections program. In other business, the board elected Art Gutierrez to serve as the board president and Melissa Ogelby to serve in the vice-president position for 2019-2020. The board also approved appointments for 2019-2020, approved the establishment for the 2020 Emporia Middle School and High School petty cash funds and Emporia High School activity fund. The board will next meet Wednesday, July 31st at 7:30 pm inside the Emporia High School Library.
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