Staff Announcements

Employee Engagement Survey Now Open

  • On Wednesday, May 4, all NKC Schools staff members received an email from Dr. Clemens with a link to take the annual Employee Engagement Survey. Paper copies are also available; please ask your supervisor if you'd prefer this option. Your feedback is valuable and appreciated as we look to continually improve our systems and serve as champions for all. 

Perfect Attendance & AAPL Payout: Deadline is Friday, May 27

  • Certified and classified staff with Annual Approved Paid Leave (AAPL) may be eligible to cash out unused AAPL to be paid out on June 28, including a Perfect Attendance incentive day if one has been earned in either semester.  To be eligible for the AAPL payout, a minimum of 30 days of Carryover Approved Paid Leave (CAPL) must be in your CAPL account.  

    You may:

    • Choose to have your AAPL cashed out.  If you choose to receive payout for AAPL, ALL of your accrued AAPL days will be cashed out, which will mean that only your Carryover Approved Paid Leave (CAPL) will remain. CAPL can ONLY be used for time off related to health issues.  Most FMLA-qualifying events would allow for the use of CAPL.
    • Choose to have your Perfect Attendance incentive cashed out. The 30-day CAPL minimum does not apply to Perfect Attendance cash out.
    • Choose to have both AAPL and Perfect Attendance cashed out.  (Again, if you choose to receive payout for AAPL, you will cash out ALL of your accrued AAPL days and only CAPL will remain.)
    • Choose to have neither one cashed out.

     

    If you choose not to request a payout, both AAPL and Perfect Attendance will be rolled into your CAPL accrual after the end of the school year. This will be the default choice if you take no action.

    To review your accrual balances, log in to the Kronos website at nkcschools.kronos.net using your district ID and password. Open the “My Reports” link. Select the “My Accrual Balances and Projections”. Input a date within the current school year and click “View Report”.

    If you want to cash out your AAPL and/or Perfect Attendance incentive day(s), you MUST sign on to Employee Online by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 27 and select your payout options.

     

    Employee Online Instructions


    Go to Employee Online at: https://emponline.nkcschools.org/  

    • Log in with your regular network username and password.
    • Select Menu in the upper left corner, and in the drop down select NKC
      • In the new menu on the right, under Human Resources select Leave Payout
    • To make your AAPL & Perfect Attendance Payout selections:
      • Indicate your selections using the Yes/No dropdowns
      • After making your selections, be sure to click on the Save icon   in the upper right of the Leave Payout screen
      • When you save, “Selections Updated” will briefly appear at the top and the date of your entry will be shown at the bottom

     

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    Further information about qualifying for this Cash Out option, and for the Perfect Attendance Incentive, can be found in Board Policy:

    GCBDA: Professional Staff Short-Term Leaves and Absences under Approved Paid Leave (APL) 
    GDBDA: Support Staff Leaves and Absences under Approved Paid Leave (APL)

Kahler Grant Winners

  • NKC Schools’ Education Foundation awarded 23 grants totaling more than $35,000 to staff members across the district! Winners were surprised during the annual Great Grant Giveaway on Tuesday, April 19. The Kahler Grant program is named in memory of Dr. Dan Kahler, a retired district principal whose gift established the grant fund. Since 1997, the Education Foundation has provided 346 grants totaling half a million dollars.

    Read more about this year's grant winners!

     

    Katie Aubrey Briarcliff grant winners Eastgate Grant Winners

New BusinessPlus Coming in May

  • The new version of BusinessPlus will be available beginning Monday, May 9. Internet Explorer is going away, requiring BusinessPlus to upgrade and move to different browsers. The upgrade will provide greater access and usability for all.

    Here’s what you can expect:

    • Employee Online will have a new, updated look. 
    • BusinessPlus will be shut down and unavailable beginning the evening of Tuesday, May 3 until the update is complete on Monday, May 9.
    • Those who work with BusinessPlus frequently (including administrators and administrative assistants) will receive information about training from Purchasing and/or Finance.
    • You will still be able to access Kronos throughout the update period. However, as both systems are connected, all timecard corrections and approvals due the week of May 2 will need to be completed by Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

2022 Culture of Excellence Honor Cadres

  • 2022 Honor Cadres

    Congratulations to our 2022 Culture of Excellence Honor Cadres! These thirty individuals were nominated by their colleagues as outstanding representatives of NKC Schools who exemplify a spirit of service and demonstrate excellence in all they do. Heather Beeson was named Volunteer of the Year and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was honored as Business of the Year during the annual Culture of Excellence Celebration on March 29.

     

    Service Honor Cadre

     
    Kim Black – Northgate
    Joy Donnell – Eastgate
    Jackie Fabert – Staley
    Markel Fluker – Winnetonka
    Joy Ganaban – Northview
    Kare Kerns – Meadowbrook
    Teri Mann – Antioch
    Bear McCulley – Safety & Security
    Sarah Olmedo – Clardy
    Sheperd Owens – Safety & Security
    Aliza Perea – Winnwood
    Hilary Schowengerdt – Chapel Hill
    Jill Scott – Staley
    Stacey Walker – Academic Services
    Kelly Winger – Antioch

    Teaching Honor Cadre


    Sherrie Brown
    – Chapel Hill
    Laura Gitterman – Northgate
    Madeline Hendren – Fox Hill
    Emily Horn – Antioch
    Kristi Kennedy – Gateway
    Alison Latcham – Antioch
    Kari Lund – SAGE Center
    Rachael Michael – Rising Hill
    Angela Nakoulima – Eastgate
    Misty Navarro – New Mark
    Kali Schoening – Nashua
    Jeff Steadman – Crestview
    DeAirra Trent – Winnwood
    Nichole Unsell – NKCHS
    Amy White – Winnetonka

     

    Meet the 2022 Honor Cadres!

Refer A Substitute & Earn $100

  • Do you know someone who’d be interested in serving as a substitute in our schools? Refer a new employee to Kelly Education and earn a $100 referral bonus! Current district employees are eligible; click here to learn more.

New Partnership with Grand Canyon University

  • NKC Schools is excited to share a new educational partnership with Grand Canyon University and the Participants in Learning, Leading and Serving (PLLS) program. This partnership program provides all district employees, students, and parents of students with a variety of benefits, including tuition scholarships, professional development opportunities and more. Click here to learn more.

     

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COVID-19 Updates

Employee Assistance Program

  • An EAP (Employee Assistance Program) offers you and your immediate family members confidential, personal and web-based support on a variety of topics such as stress management.

    More information is available here.

    Carrier: MetLife
    Customer Service: 888-319-7819
    Website: metlifeeap.lifeworks.com
    User Name: metlifeeap
    Password: eap
    Access: 24 hours a day/7 days a week
    Eligibility: NKC Schools Employees and Immediate Family Members

    We know the pandemic has us all under more stress than normal. Please remember you have access to help through our EAP!