January 25, 2023

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

January 25, 2023

 

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Board Chair Jeremy Engle 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, Chad Cornmesser and Superintendent Jerrad Jeske. 

 

AGENDA REVIEW:  A revision to the order of the Ag Issues presentation was noted.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:

  • Kyle Dodge thanked Aaron Fletcher for stepping in for Dan Groom, to coach girls’ basketball in Ritzville.
  • Aaron Fletcher congratulated the Ag Issues team who have qualified for state.  He also congratulated Dylan Goodwin on his award for Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Jerrad Jeske took the opportunity to salute the board members and recognize their commitment to the school district, in observance of School Board Appreciation Month.

 

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

  • FTE numbers are down 4 overall in the last month, but 6 are being added.
  • Transportation:
    • The first of two buses currently on order, arrived today and state patrol was able to complete their inspection.
    • We expect to see the first van arrive in February.
    • Valerie Camp has finished her training and should be added to the fleet soon.
    • The sub pool has been fully utilized.
  • Audits have begun and Joy Puckett will be working through State, Federal and Performance audits in the coming months.  Jeremy Engle will represent the board in a meeting with the auditor, this Friday.
  • Mrs. McKenna has teamed up with Freeman’s counselor to put together a Trades Night for our students.
  • We will be in session, February 17th for a snow make up day.
  • The three big legislative issues right now are free lunches, funding for Resource Officers, and fully funding special education.  

 

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

  • Thank you to our team for shifting gears to rearrange recesses to the softball area.
  • Over the past three weeks, we have been working on our Winter MAP and AIMSWEB Assessments, as well as our K-2 Dyslexia screeners. Mrs. Spears developed a streamline process for the teachers to get everyone assessed.
  • We will meet as a team to review all of the data we have collected on the 31st and 2nd for our reading and math profile meetings to determine how our current interventions are working and if we need to make any changes. 
  • We continue to evaluate Bridges math curriculum pilot in grades K-5, and are comparing growth data on our MAP assessments from last year to now. Staff continues to share their successes and concerns, and have met with the Bridges Curriculum Reps to assist. This process has been challenging, and I appreciate the incredible heavy lifting our staff has done to teach and evaluate this curriculum.

*Jerrad Jeske commended the efforts to make certain this is the right direction for this new curriculum.

  • Friday is the Junior High Quarter 2 Awards Assembly. We will be recognizing Character Students of the Quarter, Academic Students of the Quarter, as well as all of our girl’s basketball players and wrestlers. 
  • Next Tuesday, we will have our K-5 Awards Assembly focusing on the character trait of Respect. 

 

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

  • Really enjoyed the walk throughs for math here in the K-5
  • There is a bill in the legislature to add another pathway for graduation.  Currently, 20% of the class of 2024 is set to not meet the current pathways. 
  • Finals have been completed and we are underway through the second semester.  Mrs. McKenna and I have met with all students who did not pass a class.
  • Lancer Pride assembly is tomorrow, and we will acknowledge the character trait award winners: Thankfulness, Respect, Caring 
  • The CTE Advisory Committee meeting just wrapped up.
  • Liberty will host the sub-District Region V FFA event February 22nd and they are looking for volunteers.
  • Next week, Mrs. McKenna will host a Running Start meeting with students.
  • We have begun forecasting for 2023-2024 classes and schedules.
  • 2023-24 calendar meeting is next week, and we will have a proposed calendar for the next board meeting.
  • Spokane Scholars Selections: English: Isabelle Murphy, Science: Hailey Carter, Math: Jake Jeske, Social Studies: Kenzie Barta, Fine Arts: Faith Rice, Foreign Language: Anna Pittman.  The banquet is April 10th.
  • We have a date for the Civics Bowl (February 28th, against University HS) and this date competes with State Knowledge Bowl and Honor Band which lends to some tricky team assignments.

 

 

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

  • Junior High boys basketball season is underway, and they will play at home tomorrow against NWC.
  • High School basketball season is winding down.  Three regular season games left, and Senior Night is January 31st again UCA.  Post season will depend on how we finish.
  • High School wrestling has their last regular season mix and match tonight, in Reardan.  We will host the Girls Sub-Regionals on February 4th and are looking for volunteers and donations.

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC:  None.

 

AG ISSUES PRESENTATION:  Mr. Braun introduced the Ag Issues Team - Anna Pitman, Kendall Denny, Brock Braun, Ellie Denny, Dylan Goodwin, Kenzie Barta, and Shaley Tiegs.  They presented on the pros and cons of transitioning farming to all electric.

 

CONSENT AGENDA: Chad Cornmesser made a motion to approve the consent agenda as follows:

*Approval of regular board meeting minutes from December 15, 2022

*Accounts payable vouchers for December 2022

  • General Fund Checks #115249-115311 in the amount of $181,666.15     
  • GF Comp Tax Check #202200012 in the amount of $3,887.35                                                
  • Capital Projects Checks #115312-115318 in the amount of $52,670.46               
  • ASB Fund Checks #115319-115320 in the amount of $866.11        

*Accounts payable vouchers for January 2023

  • General Fund Checks #115342-115403 in the amount of $104,098.55        
  • GF Comp Tax Check #202200014 in the amount of $12.96                                      
  • Capital Projects Checks #115404-115408 in the amount of $3,845.34                 
  • ASB Fund Checks #115409-115412 in the amount of $984.68
  • TVF Fund Check #115413 in the amount of $127,110.23                   

*Payroll for December 2022 and Checks #115228-115248 in the amount of $630,715.97

*Payroll for January 2023 and Checks #115321-115341 in the amount of $638,577.46

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: Jawuan Nave – JH Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Val Rogers – JH Head Softball Coach, Krissy Hardie – HS Secretary
  • Appointments: Jawuan Nave – JH Head Boys Basketball Coach, Brad Hodl – JH Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Lexi Christofano – HS Psychologist (23-24 school year), Shawna Berberich – JH Head Softball Coach, Charis Bair – JH C Squad Boys Basketball Coach, John Graham – HS Head Track and Field Coach

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

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 

  • First reading of Policies: 2411 – High School Equivalency Certificate, 3231 – Student Records, 3421 – Child Abuse and Neglect, and 3421P – Child Abuse and Neglect.
  • Jerrad Jeske presented the Liberty Enrichment Levy Plan and its implication were discussed.

 

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. Second Reading and adoption of Policy 6035.

Stephanie Stout made a motion to adopt Policy 6035, Mark Bullock seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Knowledge Bowl overnight stay in Wenatchee, March 10-11th, for State Knowledge Bowl.

Chad Cornmesser made a motion to approve Knowledge Bowl overnight stay in Wenatchee, March 10-11th, for Knowledge Bowl State, Mark Bullock seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA:  Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 6:00 PM

  1. Approval of 2023-2024 District Calendar

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 7:17 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 7:35 p.m. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:36 p.m.