April 27, 2022

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

April 27, 2022 

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Board Chair Chad Cornmesser called the meeting of the Liberty School District Board of Directors to order at 7:00 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:  No changes were noted.

 

FFA PUBLIC SPEAKING PRESENTATIONS: Angelina Widman presented on carbon markets and Ava Budde presented on protecting animal agriculture.  They each took various questions from the audience after their presentations.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:

  • Kyle Dodge saluted boys’ basketball for earning WIAA’s Team of the Month for March. He also commended Jayden Stephens for being named WIAA Athlete of the Week, and noted her great mentorship to the other up and coming softball players.
  • Chad Denny made mention of the great turn out to the Pre-Show here at Liberty, and commented how great it was to have it back this year.

 

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT:  The following was a part of Jerrad Jeske’s report:

  • Enrollment is at 554 full time, which is down 2 from last month.
  • Joy continues to work on the audits. The state audit is completed, and the federal is almost done.  We will send the reports to the board once everything has is completed.
  • Classroom visits with the administration team are wrapping up. The level of engagement we are seeing is impressive.
  • The COVID vaccine for students remains optional, and no changes have been made to the current policy for staff.
  • Last month we found out the free breakfast and lunch program is going away next year, unless a student qualifies for the Free and Reduced program.
  • WIAA has changed the number of state participants from 16 to 12. I have called the WIAA to advocate for the students, and discussed with them the negative impact this will have by taking away the opportunity from our students.  They have no plans of changing it back.
  • We do have to make up the last snow day, changing our last day to June 10th.

 

ELEMENTARY/JUNIOR HIGH REPORT:  The following were a part of Alex Saywers report:

  • The Quarter 3 Junior High Awards Assembly recognized students for the character traits of honesty and empathy, and the honor roll students.
  • We had Mandy Spears lead our team through our yearly assessment training for the Smarter Balanced Assessment, and got those rolling in grades 3 - 8 on April 18th.
  • The science WCAS tests will wrap up next week.
  • The spring MAP assessments for math and ELA have begun, and will get those wrapped up over the next two weeks.  Data from these will be used for one last Profile meeting where we can meet to plan interventions for next year. 
  • Junior High and High School planning have finished, with the draft schedules being sent out to staff today. For the junior high we are making a couple of changes. We are removing 6th grade from our PE and Social Studies classes, removing our Foundations classes, and adding more elective class offerings. 
  • On April 19th our interview team selected Kim Snow as our new elementary music teacher. I really enjoyed this interview process where we got to actually observe each candidate teach a lesson.
  • Last week we began the process of piloting a new math curriculum. We have narrowed our scope down to six highly regarded curriculums, which we are screening over the next month. We have a large team of teachers helping us in this screening process, and we plan to narrow it down to one curriculum we can pilot for the next school year. 
  • Yesterday we held our character trait of the month assembly for Fairness. Mrs. Freeman brought back some games to spice it up a bit. I feel like more parents and grandparents came out to this one as well, so I love seeing the increased family participation. 
  • On Friday we are taking a JH ASB field trip to Roller Valley. Students are excited to get out and skate and motivated to keep their grades up to get to participate in this activity.
  • The Kindergarten Round-Up is Friday.  I am excited to see all of our new families come to join us in learning about Liberty and to get to know all of our incoming kindergarteners. Special thanks to Mr. Fletcher for letting the junior high students eat lunch at the HS before their field trip to accommodate this special event.

*Jeremy Engle clarified the new math curriculum being piloted will be for K-8th.

 

HIGH SCHOOL REPORT:  The following were a part of Aaron Fletcher’s report:

  • Teacher Appreciation week is next week.
  • Prom went well.  Thank you to Mr. Budde and Mr. Dodge for their work to make it fun for the students.
  • NHS induction ceremony was earlier tonight.
  • We are in the middle of testing season.
  • The election for ASB officers was Monday.  President: Ellie Denny, Vice President: Anna Pittman, Secretary: Hailey Carter, Treasure: Kenzie Barta, Sgt. Arms: Jake Jeske
  • We are in the process of getting ready for graduation.  Practice days are June 2nd and 3rd.   Graduation is June 4th in the Lancer Gym at 1pm.
  • Junior Show May 5-7, numerous students with animals at the show both FFA and 4-H.
  • State FFA will have 40 students participating. In Kennewick May 11-15th.
  • May 23rd is new Freshman orientation at 6:00pm.
  • The LCEF scholarship interviews will be in May.  There are 17 seniors who have applied for scholarships.
  • CTE Advisory group will meet May 17th.
  • Senior project presentations are May 19th, if you’re interested in being on a panel reach out to Mr. Hammond
  • Band participates in the Lilac Parade May 21st.
  • Band/Choir Concert is May 24th.
  • We had the first Leaders Retreat with Jaymes Layman, and the Colfax and Liberty students spent the morning working on a positive rivalry.  They are coming up with ideas to create a tradition of a fun competition (think Stinky Sneakers).
  • John Graham has been hired as the new Business Teacher, he is CTE Certified.
  • Counseling position is open, and the job closes Friday.  We are hoping to hold interviews next week

 

LIBERTY ATHLETICS REPORT:  The following were a part of Kyle Dodge’s report:

  • Baseball and Softball are heading into playoffs.
  • Spring Sports are wrapping up.
  • We had a successful home track meet on Monday.
  • A group of our Kids met with Colfax a week ago and started to work on developing a healthy rivalry. There was a ton tension for the first 30 minutes, but by then end of the meeting they were making plans to create a fun rivalry tradition.  The kids will meet 3 more times in the fall.

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC: 

  • Chris Budde spoke about concerns with the high school girls’ basketball program.
  • Julie Grumbly spoke about the need for the administration to take care of the high school girls basketball issues, and not the players.

 

CONSENT AGENDA: Mark Bullock made a motion to approve the consent agenda as follows:

*Approval of special meeting minutes from March 15, 2022

*Approval of regular board meeting minutes from March 23, 2022

*General Fund Checks #114520-114570 in the amount of $99,515.86

*Capital Projects Fund Checks #114519 in the amount of $9,890.49

*ASB Fund Checks #114510-114518 in the amount of $6,088.99

*Payroll for April 2022 and Checks #114490-114509 in the amount of $575,634.82

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: Duke Hammond – Guidance Counselor, Teacher, Davina Bethel – Paraeducator, Kaci Tee – HS Head Volleyball Coach, Tawnya Myers – JH Girls Basketball Coach
  • Appointments: John Graham – Business Teacher, Kimberly Snow – Elementary Music Teacher, Jaime Rohrback – JH Track Coach (.5 time), Kallie Schaplow – JH track Coach (.5 time)

Stephanie Stout seconded the motion, and it passed all-in-favor.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 

  • Jeremy Engle raised a discussion on the possibility of the band going to Disney Land. Some of the logistics were discussed and there was recognition that this would be a great opportunity for those students.

 

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Approval of EJH Library Book Surplus

Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve EJH Library Book Surplus, Chad Denny seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of state softball overnight to Yakima, May 26-28th

Stephanie Stout made a motion to approve the state softball overnight to Yakima, May 26-28th, Mark Bullock seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of state FFA overnight to Richland, May 11-15th

Mark Bullock made a motion to approve the state FFA overnight to Richland, May 11-15th 28th, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE REPORTS: None.

 

ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA: Wednesday May 25, 2022 - 7:00 PM

  1. Approval of summer programs
  2. 2022-23 Certificated Contracts
  3. Sign Diplomas

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 8:05 p.m. Chad Cornmesser announced the board would enter into executive session to discuss personnel as allowed by RCW 42.30.110 (g) for 2 hours.

 

The board exited the executive session at 10:03 p.m. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:04 p.m.