November 22, 2022

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

November 22, 2022

 

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Board Chair Chad Cornmesser called the meeting of the Liberty School District Board of Directors to order at 6:01 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:  A revision to the order of program reports was noted.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:

  • Kyle Dodge thanked the whole community for their show of support at state volleyball and at football quarter-finals in Tumwater.  He has heard from many other athletic directors that the Liberty community travels well.
  • Aaron Fletcher gave a shout out to the band for making the trek over to Tumwater for football quarter-finals.
  • Jerrad Jeske congratulated football for earning Academic State Champs.  He thanked Kyle Dodge for the work done getting everything lined out for playoff and state competitions.  Rick Brash was thanked for getting teams to where they need to go.  Aaron Fletcher was thanked for recognizing our students with great send-offs. 

 

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

  • JH Girls basketball is at the half way point of their season and playing well.  We are making adjustments to find teams that will challenge them.
  • JH Wrestling hosted a mix and match last week, with 107 total matches wrestled.  Everyone wrestled well.
  • Volleyball finished a great season at the State Tournament.
  • Football lost in the ¼ finals last Saturday.
  • Girls and Boys basketball is in full swing and have their first games next week.  The girls are having a lot of fun.
  • Girls and Boys wrestling is going well.
  • Parent meeting is set for next week.

 

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

  • Conferences were held last week.  We had an excellent turnout, with the largest turnout of families reaching out to us to schedule conferences.
  • The ASVAB was completed for 20 students.
  • Knowledge Bowl is off and running with 9 students participating. They are currently 2-0 and set the record for most questions answered by a Liberty team.
  • Band and Choir Concert is December 7th, at 7:00 p.m.  5-12th will be altogether in the gym.
  • Mrs. McKenna will be leading Social Emotional Learning with staff, during late start.
  • We continue our PLC work, as a small group at the ESD 101.

 

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

  • November has been an excellent month with lots of excitement and opportunities for kids to shine. 
  • On Halloween, we held our K-5 elementary parties and our Junior High ASB Activity.
  • November 2nd, we had a lockdown drill and practiced our lockdown procedures.
  • November 4th, was our Quarter 1 Junior High Awards Assembly.
  • November 7th, we had a 7-12th Choral concert, and they put on a great concert. 
  • November 9th and 10th, we had back-to-back K-12 assemblies, first focusing on sending off the High School Football, Volleyball, and Cross-Country teams to state, then on Veterans day with Kacy Tellessen as our speaker.
  • On Thursday we started our conference schedule and our book fair.
  • Also on Thursday, we hosted a JH Wrestling meet.
  • Tomorrow we will have our K-5 Awards Assembly focusing on the character trait of Thankfulness. 
  • Next Friday, our Junior High will take their first ASB field trip of the year to Eagles Ice Arena. 
  • Looking ahead to December, we will have our FIRST K-4 music concert for the first time since 2019 on Monday, December 12th starting at 6:30p.m. for K-1st and 7:15p.m. for 2nd-4th

 

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

  • Enrollment numbers staying steady.
  • Mandy Spears is taking the point on exploring the possibility of a Transitional Kindergarten.  In inquiring with other schools, it gets us thinking about everything we will need to factor in such as adding preps, lunch schedules etc.  Everyone we have visited with says it’s a positive program. 
  • Maintenance:
  • The new EJH gym doors are up.
  • Rick Brash has worked to locate the materials needed to put up the wall in the library for Preschool and it will be installed over the winter break.
  • McKinstry is finalizing the parts we need for the HVAC repairs, so that we can work to get the insurance claims finished from the lightning strike.
  • We continue to have a bus driver out, requiring two subs to cover the route.
  • One of the sub drivers that stepped away for a bit is back and working to finish training.
  • Thank you to Rick Brash for picking up many routes during our shortages.

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC:  None.

               

CONSENT AGENDA: Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the consent agenda as follows:

*Approval of regular board meeting minutes from October 26, 2022

*General Fund Check #115128 in the amount of $2,461.50

*General Fund Checks #115150-115207 in the amount of $143,201.25

*GF Comp Tax Check #202200007 in the amount of $164.34

*Capital Projects Fund Checks #115208-115211 in the amount of $21,144.82

*ASB Fund Checks #115212-115221 in the amount of $17,335.19

*VOID/REISSUE: Void lost check #115093 and Reissue #115127 for $870.00.  Void lost check #114787 for $495.54.

*Payroll for November 2022 and Checks #115129-115149 and #115222-115226 in the amount of $630,715.97

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: Randy Degenhart – HS Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Aaron Watson – JH Assistant Track Coach, AJ Anderson - JH Head Boys Basketball Coach                                
  • Appointments: Dan Groom – HS Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, AJ Anderson - HS Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

Chad Denny seconded the motion, and it passed all-in-favor.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 

  • Rick Brash presented on the options for a new bus purchase.  There was discussion on the various options available along with the pros and cons of each.
  • Jerrad Jeske introduced the Clean Building Performance Standard Proposal, and there was discussion on how it will roll out.
  • The overdose reversal medication Naloxone was discussed.

 

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. Approval of Hi-Cap Program.

Jeremy Engle made a motion to approve the Hi-Cap Program, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval to purchase a new 2023 school bus.

Mark Bullock made a motion to approve the purchase of a new 2023 school bus, Jeremy Engle seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA:  Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 6:00 PM

  1. Election of Board Officers

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 6:57 p.m. Chad Cornmesser announced the board would enter into executive session to discuss personnel as allowed by RCW 42.30.110 (g) for 30 minutes.

 

The board exited the executive session at 7:25 p.m. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:26 p.m.