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October 26, 2022
LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
CALL TO ORDER: Board Chair Chad Cornmesser called the meeting of the Liberty School District Board of Directors to order at 6:02 p.m. The flag salute was given, and a quorum was declared. Others present were board members Mark Bullock, Chad Denny, Stephanie Stout and Superintendent Jerrad Jeske.
AGENDA REVIEW: The addition to approve the adult breakfast meal price increase, was noted.
SALUTE TO LIBERTY:
- Jerrad Jeske recognized Mrs. McKenna for her work in the high school putting together FAFSA night, getting students to the career fair, and working to get out the first counselor newsletter.
- Kyle Dodge recognized the girls’ volleyball team for their work in assisting during the 1st annual volleyball tournament. He received many comments from the public about the great facility provided for the tournament.
- Chad Denny thanked Mr. Dodge for his efforts in putting together the volleyball tournament.
SUPERINTENDENT REPORT: The following was a part of Jerrad Jeske’s report:
- The well has been refurbished and the pump has been reinstalled. This process gained about a 10% increase in water. The variable speed controller should be added sometime in January. We are working to find one more bid, for the three required, for the additional well. In reaching out to OSPI, it does not sound promising that we would receive additional funding for that project.
- We are still looking for a circulation pump for our HVAC tower, and we may have to reconfigure if one cannot be located.
- After meeting with the Food Services contact from the ESD, they confirmed we can order from local farms so long as they have a business license, and meat can come from local farms so long as they use USDA approved processing facilities. We will be received a grant to purchase locally. A special shout out to our Food Service employees for all their work adhering to the various dietary needs of our students.
- We will be down one driver for a while, and the route has been split to cover in their absence. The two drivers that were going through training for subbing have backed out. Harlow’s has been covering some of the activity routes.
- The classified sub pool grew by three people recently.
ELEMENTARY/JUNIOR HIGH REPORT: The following were a part of Alex Saywers report:
- K-8 Sport-a-thon raised over $18, 000 – best ever. Thank you to Erica Demateis for putting this on and Mr. Fletcher for allowing us to use the multipurpose room to host this.
- The 8th graders attended the “Intro to Trades” event on October 5th at the HUB. Over 50 businesses in the trades and medical field were there.
- Fall Maple Bar Day was October 7th and we had a great turnout in which we served over 700 maple bars to the visiting family members.
- On October 10th, a team of teachers and I went out to a Differentiated Classroom Management class at ESD 101. We received many different strategies for working with students who need extra support. We hope to share these resources at our next staff meeting.
- Friday will be the next K-5 Awards Assembly where we will be focusing on the character trait of empathy.
- October 31st will be the K-5 Halloween parties in the afternoon, along with the Junior High ASB Activity during 6-7th periods. ASB Leadership will be hosting a costume contest, as well as Halloween activities.
- Next month, we will hold conferences on November 17th, 18th, and 21st. During this time, we will also host the Scholastic Book Fair.
HIGH SCHOOL REPORT: The following were a part of Aaron Fletcher’s report:
- 47 juniors and seniors attended the college trade fair last week. Thank you to Mrs. McKenna for getting our students out to this event.
- First quarter comes to an end this Friday.
- Parent-Teacher conferences are set for November 17th-22nd. We have set conferences for ½ days and structured to rotate periods to make sure we get through all the classes.
- There will be an academic assembly to recognize students for their achievements for the first quarter on October 28th.
- October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Deputy Walton and Mrs. McKenna visited classes to discuss the topic of bullying, with our students.
- Character counts classroom visits will be Tuesday, with Deputy Walton.
- The K-12 Veteran’s Day Assembly is set for November 10th at 8:45 am. Kacey Tellessen will be our guest speaker.
- ASVAB will be administered on November 18th.
- Knowledge Bowl began on Monday, with 9 students going with Mr. Degenhart to Freeman HS.
- Senior projects are in full swing and they will present to our kindergarten first before the panel presentations.
- Band will be attending conference and concert at SCC November 17th.
- We have a new Cap and Gown vendor, as Graduate Services has sold to Jostens.
LIBERTY ATHLETICS REPORT: The following were a part of Kyle Dodge’s report:
- Congratulations to the JH volleyball team on finishing their season undefeated.
- JH Football has their last game tomorrow against Davenport.
- JH Cross Country finished their season last Saturday with everyone improving their times this season.
- Girls JH basketball started with 25 turning out to play.
- JH Wrestling will begin on the 31st.
- Ellie Denny was named WIAA athlete of the Week.
- HS Volleyball has their last regular season game tomorrow, at home against Reardan -Senior Night. Districts start on November 1st and state is November 10-11th.
- HS Football has a bye week and will play on November 4th against the District 6 #3 team Lake Roosevelt.
- HS Cross Country runs in the Regional Tournament at Chewelah, on Saturday. State is November 5th, in Pasco.
FISCAL REPORT: Joy Puckett reported on the completion of the fiscal year end. Once OSPI certifies the report it is accessible online, on the OSPI website.
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 September 28, 2022
*General Fund Checks #115060-115112 in the amount of $105,474.92
*Comp Tax Check #202200005 in the amount of $29.08
*Capital Projects Fund Checks #1115113-115116 in the amount of $31,902.21
*ASB Fund Checks #115117-115126 in the amount of $3,565.09
*VOID Direct Deposit and REISSUE Check #115038 for $285.14, Stacey Harcus
*Payroll for October 2022 and Checks #115039-115059 in the amount of $619,757.45
- Appointments: AJ Anderson – JH Head Boys Basketball Coach, David Baird – HS Head Girls Basketball Coach, Braden Davis – HS Head Wrestling Coach, Randy Degenhart – HS Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Charles Harrington – JH Head Wrestling Coach, Jared Hodl – HS Head Boys Basketball Coach, Amber Marsh – JH Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, Shyann Morton – JH Head Girls Basketball Coach, Jawuan Nave – JH Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Aaron Watson – HS Assistant Wrestling Coach
Stephanie Stout seconded the motion, and it passed all-in-favor.
DISCUSSION ITEMS: None.
- Approval of CTE Program Evaluation for the 2022-23 SY for Business and Marketing, STEM, AG, and Skilled Science.
Chad Denny made a motion to approve CTE Program Evaluation for the 2022-23 SY for Business and Marketing, STEM, AG, and Skilled Science, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
- Approval of FFA to Richfield Utah, November 6th - 9th for the Western National Rangeland Evaluation. Bullock, Stout
Mark Bullock made a motion to approve FFA to Richfield Utah, November 6th - 9th for the Western National Rangeland Evaluation, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
- Approval to purchase a new 2023 International IC CE, 71 Passenger State Bid Bus with district options not to exceed $153,000.00.
After discussion, it was decided to move the approval to purchase a new bus to the next board meeting.
Chad Denny made a motion to approve to increase the adult meal breakfast price from $3.00 to $3.10 to meet the USDA requirements, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
EXECUTIVE REPORTS: None.
ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA: Tuesday November 22nd, 6:00 PM:
- Approval of Hi-Cap program.
- Approval to purchase a new bus.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 6:37 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 7:14 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 7: 15 p.m.