Teacher of the Year nominees recognized, school funding discussed at USD 253 meeting

Emporia school board members recognized two educators named 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees.

During the public comment period, Maynard early childhood teacher Laura Evins and Emporia Middle School teacher Christi Dragonas were presented plaques from board president Doug Epp. 

The board also heard an update from Assistant Superintendent of Finance Rob Scheib about the Supreme Court's ruling last week that said the Legislature's school funding bill is unconstitutional. Superintendent Kevin Case says there's good dialogue going on between legislative members.

The decision won't impact this year's budget but it's still unclear what happens beyond that. But Superintendent Case says it's good to finally have a decision in place.


The Legislature has a deadline of June 30 to have a new funding formula in place. Among the major points of contention for the high court, a 25 percent rate of public school students struggling with basic proficiency in math and reading. Board president Epp says the drama is not over and that it will be another interesting time for Kansas schools, noting that battle lines are already being drawn between the Legislature and the court.

In other business Wednesday, the board approved the purchase of four new vehicles to replace some outdated vehicles. The total cost of the vehicles came in at just over $111,000 from John North Ford. The district will look to sell two of its current vehicles and re-purpose the other two.

The next Emporia School Board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 25.