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February 23, 2022
LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
CALL TO ORDER: Board Chair Chad Cornmesser called the meeting of the Liberty School District Board of Directors to order at 6:00 p.m. The flag salute was given, and a quorum was declared. Others present were board members Mark Bullock, Chad Denny, Stephanie Stout, Jeremy Engle and Superintendent Jerrad Jeske.
AGENDA REVIEW: Ag Issues Presentations will go first, before Salute to Liberty.
AG ISSUES PRESENTATIONS: Student Teacher, Mr. Kieffer introduced the Ag Issues Team – Ava Budde, Shaley Tiegs, Ellie Denny, Angelina Widman, Annika Tee, Kenzie Barta, and Dylan Goodwin. They presented on the pros and cons of livestock cloning and took various questions from the audience.
SALUTE TO LIBERTY:
- Mark Bullock gave praises to both the boys and girls basketball programs as they continue on to Regionals.
- Aaron Fletcher thanked Mr. Braun and Mr. Kieffer for all their work to host FFA Sub District 5 at Liberty today.
SUPERINTENDENT REPORT: The following was a part of Jerrad Jeske’s report:
- Enrollment stays steady from last month and remains above what we budgeted for.
- Professional Development for the teaching staff is back to full swing, adding to a greater sense of normalcy.
- The admin team have been able to get back into the classrooms for observations.
- Scheduling for next year has begun and they continue to work to fill the CTE position. There was discussion about the lack of applicants and what options were at the school’s disposal, in the event a teacher was not found with this certification.
- A big thank you to Mandy Spears who leant a lot of help in getting the consolidation CPR resubmitted.
- Superintendent Michael Dunn of the ESD 101 has stepped down, and the candidate pool has been narrowed to four. There was discussion of these candidates and their qualifications.
- The first Snow Make-up day was last week, with another slated for March 4th.
ELEMENTARY/JUNIOR HIGH REPORT: The following were a part of Alex Saywers report:
- February 8th and 10th were reading and math profile meetings to assess grades K-5 and to determine any additional interventions needed.
- For Valentine’s Day, there were classroom parties and a Junior High dance or movie option, and a big thanks to Mr. Pendon for DJing the first indoor dance.
- K-5th Teachers just went through a Professional Development course call Science is Reading, helping to build literacy skills. A second session is planned for March 3rd, and teachers are already implementing the new strategies.
- The first ASB field trip was February 18th, to Eagles Ice Arena. Thank you to Brittany Davies who donated her help on this field trip.
- Early stages of planning for class offerings with Mr. Fletcher. Planning to survey incoming junior high students on elective choices.
- Monday starts the K-6 Read-a-thon, with a kick off assembly at 10:30. 600 minutes will earn students a Silverwood ticket. Thank you to a great group of teachers who have worked hard to make this a fun event and promote literacy for our students.
- February has focused on ways to show kindness. Jeske, Deputy Walton and I visited our K-5th classrooms to read the story “Kindness Elves.”
- Tuesday will be the K-5 Awards Assembly and parents are invited to join in-person.
*Stephanie Stout asked whether the learning gaps, previously seen from J.H. to H.S., are closing. There was discussion on the principal’s efforts and collaboration to bridge this gap, and they are seeing improvements.
HIGH SCHOOL REPORT: The following were a part of Aaron Fletcher’s report:
- 50 students will perform in Bi-county Honors Band and Choir concert March 28 at the Fox Theater.
- Band/Choir concert is March 30 at 7:00 PM.
- CTE Business/Marketing Teacher position remains open.
- Knowledge Bowl is at Whitworth for Regionals March 4th. If they qualify, State will be March 19th.
- Smarter Balanced Assessments beginning in April and May: Grade 10 ELA/Math, Grade 11 Math and ELA
- Classified employee week is March 11-15. Thank you to these folks.
- Liberty hosted FFA sub-districts today and will host districts on March 22nd.
- We had our Running Start meeting and approximately 16 students are interested for next year.
- State basketball send-offs, for the girls’ and boys’ teams, are next week.
- Signing day is April 1st for seniors, and we are considering bringing in all of K-12 to do a bigger assembly.
- Prom is set for April 23rd with Mr. Dodge working on that, no luck finding other schools to join up so it will be Liberty only.
- For late starts, we continue to work on SEL/PLC along with making our way through “The Energy Bus” chapters.
- Pendon was invited to present on supporting school culture through music programs at the Washington Music Education Association conference.
- Kudos to Mr. Dodge who was elected to be the B Tournament Director at State Wrestling this past weekend.
LIBERTY ATHLETICS REPORT: The following were a part of Kyle Dodge’s report:
- JH Boys basketball finishes their season today.
- Wrestling had 4th place state finishers: Jesh Cwik, Ashton Strobel, Maddex Strobel
- Jesh Cwik and Owen prince were both Individual Academic State Champions. They were honored at the State Tournament for their accomplishments.
- Owen Prince received a Sportsmanship Medallion at State after filling in for towel tapping for 1 ½ hours at the tournament.
- Basketball All League
Girls: Teagan Colvin and Ellie Denny
Boys: Colton Marsh, London Foland, and Tayshawn Colvin
- Jarred Hodl made Coach of the Year.
- Boys Basketball plays Adna at 2pm this Saturday at University HS, and Girls will play Warden at 6pm this Friday, at Wenatchee HS
- Spring Sports start Monday.
COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC: None.
CONSENT AGENDA: Chad Denny made a motion to approve the consent agenda as follows:
*Approval of regular board meeting minutes from January 26, 2022
*General Fund Checks #114343-114402 in the amount of $103,895.79
*GF Comp Tax Check #202100012 in the amount of $145.21
*Capital Projects Fund Checks #114337-114339 in the amount of $8,055.91
*ASB Fund Checks #114340-114342 in the amount of $1,102.97
*Payroll for February 2022 and Checks #114316-114336 in the amount of $586,061.16
- Appointments: Spring Coaches
- Resignations: Miran McCash, HS Assistant Track & Field Coach
Jeremy Engle seconded the motion, and it passed all-in-favor.
DISCUSSION ITEMS: None.
- Approval of the 2022-2023 District Calendar
Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the 2022-2023 District Calendar, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
- Approval of Highly Capable program for 2021-22
Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the Highly Capable program for 2021-22, Mark Bullock seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
EXECUTIVE REPORTS: None.
ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA: Wednesday March 23, 2022 - 7:00 PM: None.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 6:56p.m. Chad Cornmesser announced the board would enter into executive session as allowed by RCW 42.30.110 (g) for 30 minutes.
The board exited the executive session at 7:27 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:28 p.m.