July 27, 2022

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 362

BUDGET HEARING AND REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES

July 27, 2022

 

BUDGET HEARING:  The public hearing for the adoption of the 2022-23 school year budget began at 6:34 p.m.  Joy Puckett prepared the 22-23 budget proposal based on a projected enrollment of 568. An overview of the five budget funds—Bond, Transportation Vehicle, Associated Student Body, Capital Projects, and General—was given. Anticipated revenues and expenditure amounts were shared along with fund summaries.  Staffing and budget goals were reviewed.  The four-year budget projection and four-year enrollment projection were shared.  Discussion was held, and questions were answered.  At 6:45 p.m., the Budget Hearing was closed.

 

REDISTRICTING PUBLIC COMMENTS AND DISCUSSION: The meeting opened for redistricting public comments and discussion at 6:45 p.m..  Jerrad Jeske reviewed the redistricting plans.  There were no comments from the public.  At 6:52 p.m., the Redistricting Public Comments and Discussion was closed.

 

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, Jeremy Engle, Stephanie Stout, and Superintendent Jerrad Jeske. 

 

AGENDA REVIEW: No changes to the agenda were noted.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:  Jerrad Jeske recognized Miranda Holling for her years of service and contributions to Liberty.

 

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

  • He visited with the Spokane County Chief last week, to see about ways to have our Resource Officer in the buildings and attending events more often to increase visibility and relations with our community.
  • Officer Walton was very appreciative for the use of our facilities for their training.  He was very proud to show off our district to his fellow officers.
  • We have put in for a grant for Health Aides and we should know more about that next week.
  • The High School Psychologist is still unfilled but we will be able to make due for this year.  We have not had a single applicant, but we’ve been looking into sharing with other districts, or working with EWU for a student intern. 
  • The Cheer Coach and Head HS Volleyball coaching positions remain unfilled.
  • Maintenance:
  • The EJH classroom/library construction is about 5 weeks out from completion, as we want to be sure we have enough classrooms. 
  • New carpeting in the EJH and HS will start next week in a few classrooms. 
  • We continue to experience HVAC and well pump issues as a result from the nearby lighting strike on July 3rd.  The HS AMP system was also fried and required replacement.  We have an insurance claim open as we work though resolving the affected systems.  
  • The new fire doors for EJH gym are 5/6 weeks out. 
  • We are looking at restriping the yellow lines in the back of the EJH for the bussing area. 
  • Circuit board in JH is fried after overheating and there is no replacement available at this time. 
  • There are 3 more heat pumps that will be installed in the EJH.  We will be using ESSR funds, and 3 bids were collected for this. 
  • The new Liberty gym refinishing is complete and the other gyms will be done August 8-9. 
  • Our well pump needs to be fixed and Gady Pump and Electric has confirmed it’s an electrical issue down in the pump, so we will gather a bid for an all new pump.  This has created a big issue of keeping the football field watered until we get it fixed.  Mark Bullock suggested speaking to someone about the different pump systems available, instead of replacing like for like. 
  • Mark Bullock suggested unplugging the AMP system in the HS until school starts, and also looking into getting surge protectors. 

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC: Nick Harkness requested a one-year Leave of Absence to pursue a teaching position at Mead HS.  The board will meet during executive session and let Mr. Harkness know of their decision.

 

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

*Approval of regular board meeting minutes from June 22nd, 2022

*General Fund Checks #114778-114837 in the amount of $148,804.87

*COMP Tax #202100020 in the amount of $791.46

*ASB Fund Checks #114838-114842 in the amount of $2,906.76

*Payroll for July 2022 and Checks #114760-114777 in the amount of $558,454.81

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: Miranda Holling - Nurse
  • Appointments: Leona Budde – EJH Secretary, Ali Horlacher - Nurse

 

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

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

    1. First readings of Policies and Procedures:

1400/1400P – Meeting Conduct, Order of Business, and Quorum

1420 – Proposed Agenda and Consent Agenda

3122/3122P – Excused and Unexcused Absences

3205P – Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited

3432/3432P – Emergencies

4210 – Regulation of Dangerous Weapons

4218/4218P – Language Access

5001 – Hiring of Retired School Employees

5011 – Sexual Harassment of District Staff Prohibited

6112 – Rental or Lease of District Real Property

6700/6700P – Nutrition, Health, and Physical Education

 

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Approval of Resolution No. 21-22/05 for the adoption of the 2022-2023 Budget, four-year budget projection and four-year enrollment projection

Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve Resolution No. 21-22/05 for the adoption of the 2022-2023 Budget, four-year budget projection and four-year enrollment projection, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval to purchase two vans

After discussion Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the purchase of two vans, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Review and approve proposed meal price increases

After discussion Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the proposed meal price increases, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of Liberty Comprehensive School Counseling Program

Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the Liberty Comprehensive School Counseling Program, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of the $4,000 LCEF Grant awarded to Mr. VanTine

After Discussion Stephanie Stout made a motion to approve the $4,000 LCEF Grant awarded to Mr. Van Tine, Mark Bullock seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. 

  1. Second reading and adoption of updated WSSDA Policies and Procedures 2161/2161P, 3115P, 3246/3246P, and 6220

Jeremy Engle made a motion to adopt the updated WSSDA Policies and Procedures 2161/2161P, 3115P, 3246/3246P, and 6220, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE REPORTS: None.

 

ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA: Wednesday August 24th, 2022 – 7:00 PM

  1. Second Reading and Approval of Policies and Procedures
  2. Approval of Redistricting

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 8:17 p.m. Chad Cornmesser announced the board would enter into executive session to discuss personnel as allowed by RCW 42.30.110 (g) for 40 minutes.

 

The board exited the executive session at 8:56 p.m., and announced the unanimous decision not to grant the one-year leave of absence to Nick Harkness.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:57 p.m.

Minutes not approved until signed at the next regular board meeting August 24th, 2022.