September 28, 2022

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

September 28, 2022

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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:  Jerrad Jeske added the discussions of the water well situation and a review of the District Goals to the Discussion Items.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:

  • Kyle Dodge recognized cross country coaches Jaime Rohrbach and Amber Marsh for their excellent work putting together the North and South League Meet.
  • Jerrad Jeske thanked Kyle Dodge for all the behind the scenes work on the cross country meet.  He commended Connie and Randy for their efforts to get the football field looking great for game days.  Ag Day was a success, and it was thanks to our community members who brought out their livestock.  It was a great opportunity for our HS and MS students to practice their public speaking.

 

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

  • Enrollment looks good.  We are fully staffed and have some subs for teaching, and are working towards getting a couple of bus driver subs ready.  We have had to hire Harlow’s to take a few activity trips.  Special thanks to Teresa Engle for coming out of retirement to take some trips as well.
  • We are keeping our claim open for the lightning strike.  Everything is taking more time: McKinstry is waiting on parts, and the well pump issue could be out until spring before it’s finished.  Joy has checked with our insurance and they are comfortable with the timeline.  We are pulling from the capital funds, and then we’ll plan to reimburse.
  • The bus we ordered last year, that was to be here by now, is out until November.  The next bus we order will likely be 30k more than this one.  We are now two bus orders behind.  The state has upped how much we will be reimbursed for busses.  There are no updates on the van order.
  • We applied for a supply chain assistance grant for 15k to buy locally, and I think we will be seeing more of these opportunities for more funding to purchase locally. 
  • The rear EJH parking lot lines have been restriped, and it’s helpful keeping the kids where they need to be when out in the bussing area.
  • Avista is planning to put in a new gas line October 10th and will take about a month.  There will be possible impacts on the traffic, but no interruptions to our service.

 

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

  • We are getting our routines down and getting kids back into the swing of things and building positive relationships with teachers and staff. 
  • Friday, September 9th we had our first Kick-off Assembly for the Sport-a-thon.  Mrs. Erica Demateis kicked off our K-8 Sport-a-thon.  Friday, we had the first activity day during PE classes and Erica will be letting us know how we did.
  • The first round of assessments was completed.  The MAP as well as AIMSWEB assessments, with a dyslexia screener built in, cover math and reading.  We have been using these data points to identify students who need extra support and had our first Profile Meetings this week. 
  • Last week our students got to go out to the AG barn to learn all about our 4H and FFA programs. Special thanks to all of the students who presented their projects and to Jennifer Omlin and Steve Braun for hosting our kids as they got to see all of the animals up close. 
  • On Friday, Mr. Van Tine brought out the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to present some drones to his technology class. Later this year, his students will be building some drones, as made possible from a grant he received from the LCEF as well as our Technology levy funds. 
  • On the PD front, a few of our staff have been participating in a Whole Brain learning training. Our staff will receive 10 hours of training learning about how to better incorporate movement and Whole Brain science into their teaching.  So far, our staff has seen huge engagement improvements. 
  • Tomorrow we will have our first K-5 Awards Assembly, focusing on the character trait of Dependability.  
  • On Friday we will have our first ASB Activity.
  • Next Friday will be Maple Bar Day, at 7:30am.

 

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

  • Congratulations to Mr. Dodge and crew for a great XC meet.
  • We are off to a great start with great students and great teachers.
  • Homecoming week was a success, thank you ASB officers.
  • 4-H pre show was last week and it was great to watch our HS students lead.     
  • Financial Aid Night with Mrs. Mckenna had a great turn out with a full house in the MPR.
  • MAP testing, for grades 9 and 10, started this week.
  • Thank you to Mike and Parrish for getting the new computers up in Mr. Grahams classroom.
  • We will be participating in the Great Washington Shake Out on October 20th.
  • October is Disability Awareness month, and will be showing a video in all classes highlighting this topic.
  • My Money My Life finance simulation through Spokane Teachers Credit Union will be at Freeman High School, October 12th for the Seniors. 
  • The PSAT is October 12th.
  • Next Greatest Generation Career & College Expo is October 25th.  Mrs. McKenna will take any Junior or Senior interested.  There will be colleges and trades at the event.
  • Leadership met with Colfax again yesterday to work on the healthy rivalry plans.
  • November 2nd is Trade Night at East Valley HS.
  • Band Concert is October 26th, at 7:00 p.m.

 

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

  • JH Volleyball is playing well, and are undefeated.
  • JH Football beat Odessa last week and play Cusick tomorrow.
  • Cross Country is running well, and having a lot of fun.
  • HS Volleyball continues to play well and improve.  They play UCA at home tomorrow.
  • HS Football is playing really well and travels to Davenport on Friday.
  • Cheer is working hard and bringing the positive energy.
  • Yesterday was the second meeting with Colfax.  The student ran the meeting for the majority.  They’ve decided the rivalry will be named “34 Mile Smackdown” representing the 34 mile distance between the two schools.  They got a t-shirt designed, and the traveling trophy will be a WWE style belt.  It continues to be a positive experience with good impact.

* Jeremy Engle inquired on the progress with finding a JV Girls Basketball coach.  Kyle Dodge informed the board that they may have two applicants, and should have a coach figured out soon.

 

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 August 24, 2022

*General Fund Checks #114971-115037 in the amount of $196,736.26

*GF Comp Tax Check #202200002 in the amount of $41.72

*Capital Projects Fund Checks #114964-114970 in the amount of $92,290.54

*ASB Fund Checks #114948-114963 in the amount of $10,709.66

*Payroll for September 2022 and Checks #114929-114947 in the amount of $681,924.21

*Personnel Action:

  • Appointments: Dan Groom – Junior Class Advisor, Charlie Harrington – Head JH Wrestling Coach, Jennifer McKenna – NHS Advisor

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

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 

  • Jerrad Jeske brought about the discussion of the water well issues.  After discussion, the board decided that it was necessary to pursue a variable speed addition to the existing pump, as well as scheduling a camera to look down into the well and do a clean out of any corrosion in the existing well.  Lastly, it was discussed that an additional well should be pursued, and scheduled.
  • Jerrad Jeske presented the District Goals and there was discussion on new safety measures with regards to the new door lock schedules meant to increase overall security in the buildings.   

 

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. Approval of WAC 181-82-110 Out of Endorsement for: Morgan Pendon- Chorus, Kristin Berry-Visual Arts, Kipp Sims- Algebra 1, Aaron Watson- Language Arts, Mathematics, & Physical Education, Dan Groom- Spanish, Ryan Van Tine- Technology, Derek McIalwain- Personal Finance, and Veronica Bermann-Leadership.

Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the WAC 181-82-110 Out of Endorsement for: Morgan Pendon- Chorus, Kristin Berry-Visual Arts, Kipp Sims- Algebra 1, Aaron Watson- Language Arts, Mathematics, & Physical Education, Dan Groom- Spanish, Ryan Van Tine- Technology, Derek McIalwain- Personal Finance, and Veronica Bermann-Leadership, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1.  Approval of State Volleyball in Yakima, Nov 9th - 11th.

Chad Denny made a motion to approve State Volleyball in Yakima, Nov 9th - 11th, Jeremy Engle seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of State Cross Country in Tri Cities, Nov.2nd - 3rd

Stephanie Stout made a motion to approve State Cross Country in Tri Cities, Nov.2nd - 3rd, Chad Denny seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1.   Approval of State Wrestling in Tacoma, Feb. 16th - 19th

Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve State Wrestling in Tacoma, Feb. 16th - 19th, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of Livestock Judging at the NILE Event in Billings Montana, October 16th-18th.

Chad Denny made a motion to approve Livestock Judging at the NILE Event in Billings Montana, October 16th-18th, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval to surplus Bus #23 (2009, 71 Passenger), Bus #26 (2010, 66 Passenger) and Vehicle #69 (1978 Ford F100). 

Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the surplus Bus #23 (2009, 71 Passenger), Bus #26 (2010, 66 Passenger) and Vehicle #69 (1978 Ford F100), Mark Bullock seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. 

 

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 8:52 p.m. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:54 p.m.

 

 

Minutes not approved until signed at the next regular board meeting October 26, 2022.