February 22, 2023

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

February 22, 2023

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

 

AGENDA REVIEW:  No changes were notated.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:

  • Kyle Dodge congratulated Coach Davis and his wrestling team for their amazing job at state.
  • Jerrad Jeske congratulated the wrestling team for a great show at state.  He commended Sharon Keno for her 29 years in the district, and Rick and Dawn Brash with their combined 62 years of service to the district.  All three plan to retire after the school year. 

 

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

  • FTE continues to be steady at 562.
  • Rick Brash and I met with McKinstry and we should be getting some numbers as they relate to the Clean Building Performance review.  They are also the grant writers, so if we identify areas for improvement, they will be able to help us with that. 
  • The variable speed pump for the well is not finished yet.  The control panel wiring is finishing up but it needs to push 100 amps, and we will be talking with Inland Power to get their feed coming in corrected.
  • Nurse Ali has been putting together the emergency action plan for cardiac arrest.
  • We will be running the bus evacuation drills this Friday.  Rick Brash has worked to have the process flow very smoothly.
  • We have Sharon Keno’s bus route opening up to see if we have anyone in-house interested before posting.
  • Our Admin Team has been making our rounds throughout the buildings, to observe classrooms.  We have got to witness our teachers doing wonderful things for our kids. 
  • We continue to follow HB 1550 (Transitional Kindergarten).  It has passed the house, and they continue to revise the bill.  Teacher and Superintendent endorsements are being added and early data is showing that this will help students as they enter kindergarten.

 

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

  • We held profile meetings for reading and math. We met as a team to go over all of our data and saw a ton of growth in our students from fall to spring in both reading and math. Additional interventions were added for struggling students.
  • On February 1st, we had James Layman come out and give an all-staff training on Reimagining Recess. He gave ideas for games and activities indoors or outdoors, and conflict-resolution strategies focusing on supporting students in solving their own problems. 
  • After lots of work and adjustment, our team will be moving forward with the adoption process for Bridges in Mathematics for grades K-5. We will be working through the coming months to prepare a successful rollout for next year. I am thankful for all of the heavy lifting our staff has done, and I am excited for us to move forward as a team. 
  • On Monday, we will be kicking off the Read-a-thon. We secured tickets to Silverwood and are looking forward to some guest readers for Read Across America Day.
  • Next Tuesday, we will have our K-5 Awards Assembly focusing on the character trait of Encouragement. 

 

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

  • There will be 50 students, 7-12th grade, performing in the Bi-county Honors Band and Choir Concert on March 20th, at the Fox Theater.
  • Spring Band/Choir concert is March 29th, 7:00 p.m.
  • We will begin our survey for classes next year on March 23rd, and will meet with 8th graders prior to that.
  • There is a Running Start meeting on March 19th.
  • Mrs. McKenna has started the healthy habits groups, where they discuss life choices, friends, eating, sleeping, and nutrition.
  • North Palouse Industry Fair is March 29th at Freeman High School.  It will run 8:30 -4:00p.m., and they expect to have 30-40 vendor/employer groups there.
  • Knowledge Bowl is at Whitworth for Regionals on March 3rd.  They expect to go on to compete at State Knowledge Bowl, March 11th.
  • Civics Bowl is February 28th, and the PBS air date is yet to be determined.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessments beginning in April and May. 
    • Grade 10 - ELA/Math
    • Grade 11 - Math and ELA for those not meeting L3 or L4, and WCAS
  • Classified employee week is March 13-17th.  Thank you to all of those that support our mission.
  • Liberty will host sub-district and district FFA competitions: February 27/March 21.
  • Senior Signing Day is March 31st.
  • Prom is set for April 22nd at the Steam Plant.

 

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

  • Wrestling finished 7th as a team, and were named Academic State Champions, at State this past weekend.  Top finishers were:
    • Clae Holling, finished 5th
    • Maddex Strobel, finished 3rd
    • Jesh Cwik, finished 2nd
    • Ashton Strobel, was the 145 State Champion
  • Girls Basketball will play Saturday at 10a.m. against White Swan.

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC:  None.

 

*Mark Bullock notated a clerical error in the January 25th meeting minutes*

 

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

*Approval of regular board meeting minutes from January 25, 2023 (with noted correction)

*General Fund Checks #115415-115468 in the amount of $150,178.28

*Comp Tax Check #202200016 in the amount of $300.65

*Capital Projects Fund Checks #115469-115470 in the amount of $12,382.51

*ASB Fund Checks #115471-115477 in the amount of $4,519.59

*Payroll for February 2023 and Checks #115478-115498 in the amount of $633,436.11

*VOID Direct Deposit and REISSUE Check #115414 for $18.98, Amber Perkins

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: Dawn Brash – Health Aide, Rick Brash – Maintenance/Transportation Director, Sharon Keno – Bus Driver
  • Appointments: Michelle Dau – HS Secretary, Katie Hurst – New Paraprofessional for remainder of 22-23, Spring Coaches                          

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

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:  None.

 

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. Approval of the 2023-2024 District Calendar

Chad Cornmesser made a motion to approve the 2023-2024 District Calendar, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval to surplus 6 non-working welders.

Chad Cornmesser made a motion to approve to surplus 6 non-working welders, Mark Bullock seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

    1. Resolution #22-23/01 Approval of Imprest and Change Fund Custodians.

Stephanie Stout made a motion to approve Resolution #22-23/01 Approval of Imprest and Change Fund Custodians, Mark Bullock seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

    1. Second reading and adoption of 2411 – High School Equivalency Certificate, 3231 – Student Records, 3421 – Child Abuse and Neglect, 3421P – Child Abuse and Neglect.

Mark Bullock made a motion to adopt Policies 2411, 3231, 3421, and Procedure 3421P, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA, Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 7:00 PM: None.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 6:32 p.m. Jeremy Engle 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 7:00 p.m. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:01 p.m.