July 26, 2023

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 362

BUDGET HEARING AND REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES

July 26, 2023

 

BUDGET HEARING:  The public hearing for the adoption of the 2023-24 school year budget began at 6:33 p.m.  Joy Puckett prepared the 23-24 budget proposal based on a projected enrollment of 560. An overview of the five budget funds—Bond, Transportation Vehicle, Associated Student Body, Capital Projects, and General—was given. Anticipated revenues and expenditure amounts were shared along with fund summaries.  Staffing and budget goals were reviewed.  The four-year budget projection and four-year enrollment projection, as well as the 23-24 MSOC disclosure were shared.  Discussion was held, and questions were answered.  At 7:05 p.m., the Budget Hearing was closed.

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Board Chair Jeremy Engle called the meeting of the Liberty School District Board of Directors to order at 7:13 p.m.  The flag salute was given, and a quorum was declared.  Others present were board members Mark Bullock, Chad Cornmesser, Stephanie Stout, and Superintendent Jerrad Jeske. 

 

AGENDA REVIEW:  The added discussion items: video intercom and door locks, purchasing a new lawn mower and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office access to surveillance cameras, were noted.  Also noted were the additional action items: new bus purchase and timpani surplus.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:  Jerrad Jeske gave a shout out to the maintenance staff, for all their hard work on the facilities to gear up for the school year.

 

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

  • Insurance costs going up 32.5%.
  • The School Resource Officer cost will be going up. 
  • The markup version of the bargaining agreement from Amber Marsh was just sent and it will be shared with the board. 
  • Launch Northwest has announced that Liberty will be one of 9 schools in the area that will be entered into a scholarship program.  This program identifies students in households, with annual incomes totaling less than $100,000, and awards those students with a yearly scholarship toward post high school education and/or training.  This will be an awesome opportunity for our kids.
  • We have received one quote for a new suburban, and Rick Brash is working to get two more quotes.
  • Rick applied for a RWC grant for an electric bus.  The grant stipulates that a trade would be made with a current bus.
  • Maintenance:
    • McKinstry continues to work here in the EJH with the control updates.  The new program is finding many mistakes in how things were hooked up and we will hopefully begin to see energy savings immediately.
    • The new WWTP controller took some extra work but is up and operating.
    • We had issues with the variable speed pump broke in the well, but it is back up and running.
    • We are still waiting for EVCO to begin the EJH gym sound system upgrade.

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC:  None.

 

CONSENT AGENDA: Stephanie Stout made a motion to approve the consent agenda as follows:

*Approval of regular board meeting minutes from June 28th, 2023

*General Fund Checks #115903-115951 in the amount of $155,177.98

*COMP Tax #202200029 in the amount of $380.30

*Capital Fund Check #115952 in the amount of $2,026.07

*ASB Fund Checks #115953-115954 in the amount of $684.89

*ASB COMP Tax #202200030 in the amount of $10.21

*Payroll for July 2023 and Checks #115883-115901 in the amount of $599,521.98

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: Kim Burley – Paraeducator
  • Appointments: Karleen Clifton – LAP Math Teacher

 

Mark Bullock seconded the motion, and it passed all-in-favor.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

    1. Video intercom and door locks were discussed and a quote was shared.  It was decided to install the video and door lock systems at both the high school and EJH main entrances.
    2. The purchase of a new 10ft deck lawn mower was discussed.
    3. Jerrad Jeske shared the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office request to access the surveillance cameras in the event of an emergency.  The implications were discussed and it was decided to sign off on the MOA.
    4. First Readings of Policies and Procedures:
  • 3530P – Fundraising Activities Involving Students
  • 4210 – Regulation of Dangerous Weapons on School Premises
  • 5001 – Hiring of Retired School Employees

 

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. Approval of Resolution No. 22-23/03 for the adoption of the 2023-2024 Budget

Chad Cornmesser made a motion to approve Resolution No. 22-23/03 for the adoption of the 2023-2024 Budget, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval to surplus textbooks

Stephanie Stout made a motion to approve to surplus textbooks, Chad Cornmesser seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval to purchase a new 2024 International IC CE, 71 Passenger State Bid bus with district options not to exceed $170,000.00

Chad Cornmesser made a motion to purchase a new 2024 International IC CE, 71 Passenger State Bid bus with district options not to exceed $170,000.00, Mark Bullock seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval to surplus two timpani drums

Chad Cornmesser made a motion to approve to surplus two timpani drums, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE REPORTS: None

 

ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA: Wednesday August 30th – 7:00 PM

  1. Second Reading and Approval of Policies and Procedures
  2. Approval of lawn mower purchase

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 8:09 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 8:36 p.m.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 p.m.