April 26, 2023



April 26, 2023



CALL TO ORDER:  Board Chair Jeremy Engle called the meeting of the Liberty School District Board of Directors to order at 7:00 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.  Chad Denny joined the meeting during Aaron Fletcher’s report.


AGENDA REVIEW:  Brian Goodwin’s resignation was added to the consent agenda.



  • Alex Saywers saluted Leona Budde’s flexibility and willingness to swing over to the high school and offer support in the secretarial position.
  • Jerrad Jeske also saluted Leona for being a team player for the high school and also shared the positive feedback he has received for her “This Week at Liberty” weekly newsletters.  He also gave kudos to the team of individuals that put together the FFA pre-show.  Mr. Jeske thanked Mr. Dodge and Mr. Fletcher for a memorable Prom event. 
  • Stephanie Stout gave a shout out to the district as a whole.  She has been told several times that we have a great program out here.


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

  • Interviews for the Maintenance and Transportation Director just finished earlier this week, and we hope to be finishing up that process later this week.
  • Kindergarten Round-Up went great, with 46 currently signed up for next year.
  • We will be running a levy next year, and it is anticipated to be very straightforward.  The last levy passed with 53%, showing we receive great support from our community.
  • Thank you to Joy Puckett.  May 8th will be the exit audit, and it sounds like we hit all our marks.
  • The website will be getting a revamp over the summer, and Leticia Clausen is working to have it ready to roll out for the new school year.
  • McKinstry reports that the HS is 10 EUI over the mark for energy use.  We will be looking at ways to cut that down.  The building is high trafficked between sporting events, the fitness facility and community functions.

* Mark Bullock asked whether Inland Power can assist in adjusting our levels and commented that with the remodel the facility should be very energy efficient. 

* Mr. Jeske is not certain at this point whether Inland would offer that type of support. 

* Jeremy Engle made the comment that once the state sees how many schools are out of compliance, perhaps an adjustment to those levels will be made.

  • The new van has made its maiden voyage to Ag Issues in Colfax.  Everyone seems to be enjoying it.  There is still no ETA on the second van ordered.
  • Legislative Reports: 
  • IPD is set at 3.7 this year, and 3.9 next year.  We receive funding only for our prototypical model, and so the district carries the remaining burden.
  • Special Education saw a big jump in funding.
  • There will be additional funding to transportation.
  • Transitional Kindergarten is still being sorted out, with lots of amendments, but is promised to be a priority in next session.
  • Starting June 30, 2024 all board meetings will need to be recorded.
  • Liberty’s Free and Reduced percentage is sitting in the high 20’s which will not qualify us for the free lunch program for K-4.


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

  • Testing season is here, and our students have been hard at work on their MAP, SBA, and AIMSWeb Assessments. Mrs. Spears has worked hard to schedule and accommodate everyone to get these done in the least impactful way possible for student learning. 
  • We held our Kindergarten Round-Up on Friday, April 21st.  We set the record with 42 students attending and beat our previous record of 37, in the Spring of 2021. 
  • Today was the K-5 Awards Assembly focusing on the character trait of Fairness. It has been awesome having Mrs. Clements back for these events. 
  • On Friday, our JH students will be attending their ASB Activity at Roller Valley. This will be our final JH Field trip, as we will be having a JH Carnival led by our Leadership students in Mrs. Bermann’s class for our final ASB Activity.
  • We have a lot of fun activities planned for May including:
    • Spring Family Maple Bar Day on May 12th
    • K-4 Spring Concert on May 17th 
    • Fun Run on May 19th
    • K-2 Track meet on May 24th
    • 3-5 Track meet on May 25th
    • Field Trips


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

  • National Honors Society inductions were today, with 13 new members.
  • Prom turned out great last Saturday.
  • The students have elected their new ASB Officers:
    • President - Zayne Braun
    • Vice President - Grace Grumbly
    • Secretary - Izzy Myers
    • Treasure - Clae Holling
    • Sgt. at Arms - Cooper Thomas
    • Liaison - Katy Belles
  • We are in the process of getting ready for graduation.  Practice days are June 1-2nd, in the Lancer Gym.
  • Junior Show is May 3-6th, and there are numerous students with animals at the show both for both FFA and 4-H.
  • State FFA is May 10-13th in Pasco, where we will have 35 students participating.
  • May 16th is new Freshman orientation at 6:00 pm.
  • LCEF scholarship interviews start in May.
  • Our band will be at the Lilac Parade on May 20th.
  • The Band/Choir Concert is May 24th.
  • Civics Bowl has their Championship match this Monday, and we will have a live watch party in the gym at 7 pm.


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

  • We are in the middle of JH sports with the first track meet on Monday.
  • HS Track finishes up the regular season this week, and will begin the postseason meets next week.
  • HS Baseball and Softball will travel to St. Maries on Saturday.  They will finish off their Regular season on May 1st at home, against Davenport.
  • Baseball will start the first round of playoffs on May 4th.
  • Softball will begin the first round of playoffs on May 16th.

*Jeremy Engle asked about the student turnout for spring spots.  Mr. Dodge stated that that the 8th grade swinging up really helped with numbers for softball and HS track had a great turnout.




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

*Approval of regular board meeting minutes from March 29, 2023

*General Fund Checks #115301-115602 in the amount of $73,838.16

*General Fund Checks #115628-115675 in the amount of $110,516.21

*GF Comp Tax Check #202200021 in the amount of $12.15

*Capital Projects Fund Checks #115676-115678 in the amount of $1,612.79

*ASB Fund Checks #115679-115682 in the amount of $1,368.30

*Payroll for April 2023 and Checks #115604-115626 in the amount of $604,529.52

*VOID Check #115598 for $250.00, REISSUE #115626 in the amount of $125.00 (Lind-Ritzville HS)

*VOID Check #115618 for $16.85 (Liberty PSE), REISSUE #115627 for $16.85 (B. Lasz)

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: Michelle Dau – HS Secretary, Kim Snow – Elementary Music Teacher, Kathy Scott – Paraeducator & Special Education Office Assistant
  • Appointments: Kaitlin Krouse – HS Math Teacher, Lynnzie Paulson – HS Assistant Softball Coach (split), Justice Brown – HS Assistant Softball Coach (split)

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





  1. Second Reading and approval of Policy 3411 – Accommodating Students with Seizure Disorders or Epilepsy.

Chad Cornmesser made a motion to approve the second reading and approval of Policy 3411 – Accommodating Students with Seizure Disorders or Epilepsy, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.


ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA:  Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 7:00 PM

  1. Approval of summer programs
  2. 2023-24 Certificated Contracts
  3. Sign Diplomas


EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 7:35 p.m. Jeremy Engle announced the board would enter into executive session to discuss personnel as allowed by RCW 42.30.110 (g) for 35 minutes.


The board exited the executive session at 8:04p.m. 


The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.








Minutes not approved until signed at the next regular board meeting May 24, 2023.