December 15, 2022

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

December 15, 2022

 

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Board Chair Chad Cornmesser called the meeting of the Liberty School District Board of Directors to order at 6:00 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:  An Executive Session was added.

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:  Chad Cornmesser asked for nominations for Board Chair, Vice Chair, WIAA representative and WSSDA representative.  Chad Cornmesser nominated Jeremy Engle as Board Chair, Stephanie Stout as Vice Chair, Mark Bullock as WIAA representative, and Chad Denny as WSSDA representative.  Chad Denny seconded the motion.

 

Jeremy Engle assumed the role of Board Chair, and asked for a roll call and the motion passed all in favor.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:

  • Jarred Jeske saluted Morgan Pendon and Kim Snow for their work on the various music concerts.  They were well done, and well attended.
  • Kyle Dodge saluted the 2nd annual Bryce Williams Wrestling Tournament, where a special shirt was designed and presented.
  • Jeremy Engle gave a salute to the transportation department and their work to reorganize bus stops in order to get kids to school despite the snowy roadways.

 

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

  • FTE stays consistent.
  • Transitional kinder:  We have a meeting set up with the ESD after the first of the year to go over next steps.  In meeting with OSPI, there are some concerns that funding may not support a statewide transitional kindergarten, but we will continue to move forward until we hear otherwise.
  • We now have Narcane nasal spray housed in both buildings.  Leadership was trained at our last meeting.  The word has gotten out to other districts and its availability has become an issue, so thank you to Ali Horlacher for securing those early. 
  • Nurse Ali was also able to secure a new Audiometer as well.
  • There have been schools in Spokane receiving some hoax calls, and it comes through as though a call is placed inside the school but is originating from out of the country.  This has been an issue for a while in other parts of the country, but now seems to have made its way to our state.
  • State Superintendent Reykdal has stated that remote learning is only to be used for long term closures such as facilities issues, and not for snow days.
  • We are anticipating some funding relief with relation to inflation issues.
  • The balanced calendar (4-day school week) is gaining more traction, and we continue to follow that.
  • The cost-of-living IPD is likely going to be 5-6% for staff salaries.
  • Our WSSDA representative is working to get the virtual equity training up and going.
  • Sub Pay for drivers has been increased to reflect the tradeoff for lack of benefits.  This is already paying dividend, with a few drivers coming back around to help out.
  • We will be losing a route driver for a period, due to a scheduled surgery and recovery over the break.
  • The new wall goes into the library, to partition for preschool, over winter break.
  • State Academic Champions banner, for football, will be going up over break.
  • We continue to track down HVAC parts.

*There was further discussion of the 4-day school week.  Questions about how that would look were raised.

 

 

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

  • Friday, December 2nd, our Junior High took their first ASB field trip of the year to Eagles Ice Arena.
  • The secretaries in the EJH put on our first Holiday Door Decoration Contest.
  • On December 12th, we held our K-4 Music Concert. This was our first one since 2019, and we had an excellent turnout for this event with 700-800 people in attendance.  Great job to Ms. Snow for putting that together, and all the teacher’s assistance to help it run smoothly.
  • Yesterday, we had our K-5 Awards Assembly focusing on the character trait of Caring. 
  • Today we had our elementary classroom parties and a lot of parents came out to help.  JH had their ASB Activity in the gym with inflatable obstacle courses.  This has proved to be great motivation to get grades up. 
  • Tomorrow we will have Santa coming out to visit our K-5 students. 

 

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

  • The concerts for Band and Choir were December 7th, and had an excellent turnout. 
  • Character Counts visits with Deputy Walton are set for January 4th.
  • Finals will be the week January 17-20th.
  • We will have a dance on January 28th with Colfax after the game.
  • Lancer Pride Assembly is January 26th, and will recognize character award winners as well as semester honor roll students.
  • Congrats to FFA who qualified for districts in Ag Issues and Public Speaking.
  • Knowledge Bowl continues to be undefeated so far.  Mr. Degenhart noticed there is a civics bowl in Spokane and we got a spot at the table.  It will be at the end of February, and will be broadcast on KSPS.

 

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

  • While at Ritzville, someone approached me to talk about how well our Knowledge Bowl team is doing, so kudos to those students.
  • Junior High: Wrestling has finished.  Girls basketball will finish this week.  Both did really well.
  • High School: the basketball games against UCA that were canceled last week, have been rescheduled for January 23rd.  We’ve also rescheduled the Brewster games to January 21st.  We play Asotin this Saturday, and Freeman on Monday.  Everything we missed due to the snow, has been rescheduled.  Wrestling will be at Tri State this coming weekend.

 

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 November 22, 2022

*Accounts payable vouchers for December 2022 (Breakdowns will be presented at the January meeting.)                                          

General Fund                 Check # TBD    not to exceed     $             220,00.00        

GF Comp Tax                 Check # TBD    not to exceed     $             4,200.00                                            

Capital Projects            Check # TBD    not to exceed     $             55,000.00   

CP Comp Tax                 Check # TBD    not to exceed     $             300.00                 

ASB Fund                        Check # TBD    not to exceed     $             6,000.00

ASB Comp Tax              Check # TBD    not to exceed     $             100.00      

*Payroll for December 2022 (Breakdowns will be presented at the January meeting.)

TOTAL                              Checks # TBD   not to exceed    $             650,000.00

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: Justin King – HS Head Track Coach, Randy Degenhart – JH Head Track Coach                              
  • Appointments: Tesha Hudson – One on One Paraeducator, remainder of 22-23 only.

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

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 

  • First reading of Policy 6035 – Lease Capitalization Threshold

 

ACTION ITEMS:  None.

 

ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA:  Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 6:00 PM

  • Second reading of Policy 6035 – Lease Capitalization Threshold

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 6:33 p.m. Jeremy Engle announced the board would enter into executive session to discuss personnel as allowed by RCW 42.30.110 (g) for 20 minutes.

 

The board exited the executive session at 6:50 p.m. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:51 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes not approved until signed at the next regular board meeting January 25, 2023.