May 25, 2022

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES

May 25, 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.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:

  • Jeremy Engle gave a shout out to Joy Puckett for all her hard work through the audit process. He sat in on the audit exit review and was very impressed with her outstanding job keeping Liberty in good shape.
  • Stephanie Stout thanked the administration and staff for keeping the school running smoothly. Their hard work is much appreciated.
  • Kyle Dodge recognized Maddi Haas for finishing 8th at golf state.

 

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

  • Joy has finished up the audit, and will send out the final report. The big thing you will see is the prevailing wage, and the language for that needing to be worded differently as well as getting weekly payroll reports from the vendor.  We now have the language that should be used anytime we are doing a federal job using federal money.  Joy spent a lot of time at weekly meetings taking care of that, and I thank her for her diligence getting through that process.
  • In preparation for a big kindergarten class, we will install a wall in the library to create another classroom. The space can be utilized for other needs, in the event the incoming kindergarten class count does not warrant a 3rd
  • I visited with the financial advisor, and we need to come up with a date that Corey can come in and present to us on the bond. We want to avoid more tax burden to our community and he can explain how we can go about that.
  • Talked to Rick Brash, and he called down to Jess Ford to get us back on the list again for vans.
  • Over the summer we will plan to update carpets. 2 spaces in the HS, and 3 in the EJH buildings.
  • I can’t thank Aaron and Alex enough for their outstanding leadership throughout this year. They never settle and are constantly working to find the best outcomes for our students.

 

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

  • Kindergarten Round-up was Friday, April 29th, where we had 27 families turn out for the event. We have had a few more join us that couldn't make it, and with a few retentions, we are currently sitting at 37 Kindergarteners for next year. 
  • Also on the 29th, our junior high students went to Roller Valley for their ASB trip. We got positive feedback saying that this was their favorite trip so far this year. Thank you to Randy Degenhart for putting that together. 
  • We wrapped up Smarter Balanced Testing and have been using the results we have received so far to plan for our final profile meeting of the year to determine what interventions to put in place for next year. We will meet for our final profile meeting tomorrow.   Thank you to Mandy Spears for all her work getting us through this.
  • On May 9th we held interviews for our 1st-grade position and selected Mr. Ryan Clifton for that position. We are excited to bring Ryan on, and he has already been collaborating with Mrs. Canning and Mrs. Smith as they plan for next year. 
  • On May 16th, Staci Bain came out to lead our K-5 staff in another structured literacy training. We are planning to have her come out for two more days in June to get our first reading routines planned for the beginning of next year using this new reading instructional model.  Teachers have already seen huge gains in reading fluency and comprehension. 
  • On May 18th, the seniors presented their senior projects to our K-5 students. Thank you to Mr. Hardie and Mr. Fletcher for helping to coordinate this great event for our kids. We hope to next year expand this to our junior high students as well. 
  • We are still in the process of screening math curriculums to select one to pilot. Our teachers have delved into and taught lessons from four different curriculums so far, and then are taking surveys to help us make decisions on which to pilot in the fall.  I am very thankful for all the extra work and preparation our teachers have put into this important process. 
  • On Friday, we held our annual Liberty Fun Run in grades K-8 in the afternoon. Thank you to Kammi Smith and Kaci Tee for coordinating and leading the event, and to all of the parent volunteers for helping with water and popsicle stations. We had a lot of smiling faces and the weather turned out wonderful.  
  • Events Coming Up: 5-25 K-2 Track Meet, 5-26: 5th Grade Field Trip to Roller Valley, 5-27: Family Maple Bar Day on Friday, 5-31: K-5 Awards Assembly, 6-2: 3-5 Track Meet, 6-3: Junior High ASB Activity, 6-7: K-1 Field Trip and 8th-grade promotion at 7 pm, 6-8: K-5 Field Day, 6-9: 8th Grade trip to Silverwood, 6-10: JH Awards Assembly

 

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

  • Middle School spring sports ended last week and the fall schedules are almost done.
  • HS Softball beat Colfax 6 to 5 and took District Champs
  • Softball will play Rainier on Friday at 10:00 am in Yakima at the state tournament
  • Track is off to the State Meet Thursday at EWU, Friday and Saturday.
  • Annika Tee qualified in 4 events and was the District Champ in the Triple Jump.
  • Lucas Paul qualified in 3 events and was the District Champ in the 400
  • Finished up our WIAA Surveys today.

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC

  • Lexy Rosebrook spoke about the lack of stability in the coaching, stressing how hard it is to find good coaches, and a need for setting clear expectations for our coaches. She would like to see more emphasis on building the athletic programs as a whole with outreach to the younger student athletes.  
  • Randy Degenhart commented on the decision not to renew Coach Colvin’s contract. He appreciated his mentorship to the boys’ basketball program, and feels the decision not to renew his contract has huge implications on everyone else.

 

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

  • Jeske led us in a great Year in Review game at the Staff meeting today, highlighting all we have accomplished throughout the year.
  • Graduation preparation is coming together, 38 students are on track to graduate.  Valedictorians are Annika Tee and Colton Marsh.  Salutatorian is Aly Karlis.
  • We had three students graduate from SOARS this morning at Freeman.  
  • The FFA banquet just wrapped up this evening.
  • Graduation June 4th at 1:00 pm, and the board can arrive at 12:45pm to take their seats.
  • Incoming freshman orientation parent meeting was held May 23 at the high school.  This was a great opportunity for new parents in our high school to learn about the differences between high school and junior high.  About 50 people attended.
  • Finals schedules are set: Senior finals next week. All other finals will take place June 3-June 8.
  • Assessments are completed.  
  • Congratulations to our FFA teams who performed very well at the State competition held in Kennewick.     
  • Students performed well at the Jr. Show in Spokane.
  • Mr. Pendon and the band performed in the Lilac Torchlight Parade where they earned the Gold Medal.  They will be participating in local parades coming up throughout the community.
  • The Handbook Committee is reviewing changes for next year, and they are working to it ready to present to the board.
  • Class schedule 2022-23 has been set with a few changes.  Mr. Groom will pick up on the social studies we need to fulfill with Mr. Hammond retiring.  Next year we switch from physics to chemistry,

 

CONSENT AGENDA: Chad Denny made a motion to approve the consent agenda as follows:

*Approval of regular board meeting minutes from April 27, 2022

*General Fund Check #114571 in the amount of $2,535.00

*General Fund Checks #114592-114653 in the amount of $128.347.93

*General Comp Tax ACHT #20210017 in the amount of $22.19

*Capital Projects Fund Checks #114654-114655 in the amount of $4,906.02

*ASB Fund Check #114656 in the amount of $688.53

*Payroll check #114572 to replace voided direct deposit ($384.78), in the amount of $384.78

*Payroll for May 2022 and Checks #114573-114591 in the amount of $592,626.51

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: Jamie Chaffin – High School Psychologist
  • Appointments: Jennifer Amon – HS Guidance Counselor, Ryan Clifton – 1st Grade Teacher, Winter Coaches

Jeremy Engle seconded the motion, and it passed all-in-favor.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

  • There was discussion of the Foundations Dinner, scheduled for October 29th

 

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Approval of summer programs

Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the summer programs, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of 2022-23 Certificated Contracts

Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the 2022-23 Certificated Contracts, Chad Denny seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of the WIAA resolution

Chad Denny made a motion to approve the WIAA resolution, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of WAC 181-82-110 Out of Endorsement approval for Ryan Van Tine for 6-8 Technology

After discussion, Chad Denny made a motion to approve the WAC 181-82-110 Out of Endorsement approval for Ryan Van Tine for 6-8 Technology, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of the EJH Library Surplus

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

  1. Approval of Resolution No. 21-22/04 to transfer funds from the General Fund to the Capital Projects Fund

Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve Resolution No. 21-22/04 to transfer funds from the General Fund to the Capital Projects Fund, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval FFA to Pullman overnight May 31st-June 1st for Vet Science Program

Stephanie Stout made a motion to approve FFA to Pullman overnight May 31st-June 1st for Vet Science Program, Jeremy Engle seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE REPORTS: None.

 

ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA: Wednesday June 22nd, 2022 - 7:00 PM

  1. Approval of Foundations Dinner, October 29th

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 7:45 p.m. Chad Cornmesser announced the board would enter into executive session to discuss personnel as allowed by RCW 42.30.110 (g) for 1 hour, after a 15-minute break.

 

The board exited the executive session at 8:57 p.m. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:58 p.m.