September 27, 2023

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

September 27, 2023

EJH Library

 

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, Chad Denny and Superintendent Jerrad Jeske. 

 

AGENDA REVIEW: The Elementary/Junior High Report was removed from the agenda.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:

  • Jerrad Jeske noted an awesome start to the school year.  He thanked the administrative team for their extra help in Joy Puckett’s absence.
  • There was discussion about how Joy Puckett’s role was being filled.

 

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

  • Confirmed the receipt of the financial reports from Leslie Oliver, at the ESD.
  • Enrollment is up 10 from budgeted number.
  • Thanked Janet Johnson who came in to help Leticia Clausen with accounts payable this month, so that Leticia can provide coverage for some of Joy’s duties.
  • The Education Foundation gave the new STEAM lab $5,000 for robotics.  They had also purchased a SMART board for Megan Brown’s classroom.
  • Derek McIalwain is working to write for more grants for the STEAM classroom.  The students are excited for the new program and it’s been great to see the engagement.
  • There will be information coming from Launch Northwest’s scholarship program.  They are working to bring in current college and trade students, in order to mentor our students for success in their post high school plans.  Those students who qualify, will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Thank you to Jennifer McKenna, who is overseeing this project.
  • We have set a goal for K-5th to incorporate our special education program into the classrooms and plan to then monitor their growth.  Mandy Spears, has obtained a grant that we will use to educate our teachers on implementation.
  • The Farm to School Grant is finishing up.  We hope to have more choices to purchase locally.  We will know whether we qualify in the coming weeks.
  • Cory Plager, from DA Davidson, sent the Spokane County new assessed values.  He included three scenarios (3%, 5%, and 7%) for a Replacement Levy with Max Levy, and for a Replacement Levy with 100k Annual Growth.  The various options were discussed.
  • An irrigation pipe broke and will be a large project to fix.  With the change in weather, it can be addressed in the spring.
  • We will know Friday whether our van will go into production.
  • Mike Shrode has taken over the mechanic duties as Rob Bergland resigns.  He will be able to serve as a sub driver.
  • We were credited back $4,000 on insurance, for the two surplus buses.

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

  • Thank you LCEF for sponsoring Sandy Zimmerman (American Ninja Warrior). 
  • We are off to a great start, with great students and lots of energy.
  • Homecoming is the week of October 16th.
  • Financial Aid Night with Mrs. Mckenna was a full house in the multipurpose room.
  • We will be participating in the Great Washington Shake Out, on October 19th, to practice what we do in the event of an earthquake.
  • My Money, My Life finance simulation, through Spokane Teachers Credit Union, will be at Freeman High School on October 11th for our Seniors.
  • PSAT is October 11th.
  • Halloween Band Concert is October 26th at 7pm, with 9-12th grades.
  • Trades night is set for October 12th, at Ferris High School.
  • We set a building goal to focus on 9th grade on-track rate, and goal of 90% daily attendance.  We announce our daily attendance rate daily and this has generated a lot of excitement from our students.
  • FFA is in Billings for the National Livestock judging.

 

LIBERTY ATHLETICS REPORT:  The following were a part of Kyle Dodge’s report, presented by Aaron Fletcher:

  • Salute to Cross Country Coaches Jaime Rohrbach and Amber Marsh, who did a great job making our home meet a big success.
  • Last Wednesday, we hosted our first ever soccer game.  It was a great experience for our students and we honored our seniors Grace Grumbly and Ellie Fisk.
  • Mr. Fletcher presented ELA, Math, and Science test scores as we rank within our league, as well as against the state average.  There are goals set to increase each subject incrementally, overtime.

 

*There were questions and discussion with regards to Liberty’s Senior Project, as a pathway to graduation.  Mr. Fletcher has been asked to present on the Senior Project to others in the state, so that they may adopt the program.   

 

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 August 30, 2023

*General Fund check #116054 in the amount of $4,529.63

*General Fund checks #116055-116116 in the amount of $146,735.87

*GF Comp Tax check #202300001 in the amount of $72.94

*Capital Projects Fund checks #116117-116118 in the amount of $38,468.36

*ASB Fund check #116119-116130 in the amount of $11,410.12

*Payroll for September 2023 and checks #116131-116149 in the amount of $729,924.47

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: John Graham – HS Head Track Coach, Justin King – HS Assistant Track Coach
  • Appointments: Dan Groom – JH C Volleyball Coach (split), Kaitlin Krouse – JH C Volleyball Coach (split), Emilee Davis – Paraeducator, Kaitlin Krouse – HS Head Track Coach

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

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

  • The purchase of a suburban was discussed and an option for a used suburban in the Tri Cities was presented.  It was agreed to pursue the purchase.
  • News on the van’s production should be coming out soon.

 

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Approval of State Football in Seattle, December 1st–2nd.

Chad Denny made a motion to approve State Football in Seattle, December 1-2, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approval of State Baseball in Ephrata, May 23rd–25th.

Chad Cornmesser made a motion to approve State Baseball in Ephrata, May 23-25, Chad Denny seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

  1. Second reading and adoption of updated WSSDA Policies and Procedures as listed: 1400/1400P, 2161P, 2162, 2190/2190P, 2230, 2410P, 3122, 3207/3207P, 3225, 3231, 3241/3241P, 3246P, 3520/3520P, 5050, 6215, 6220/6220P, and 6700/6700P.

Stephanie Stout made a motion to adopt the updated WSSDA Policies and Procedures as listed: 1400/1400P, 2161P, 2162, 2190/2190P, 2230, 2410P, 3122, 3207/3207P, 3225, 3231, 3241/3241P, 3246P, 3520/3520P, 5050, 6215, 6220/6220P, and 6700/6700P, Mark Bullock seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

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

A.  Continue levy discussion.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 8:13 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 8:40 p.m. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:41 p.m.

 

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