October 23, 2023

LIBERTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

October 23, 2023

EJH Library

 

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, Chad Denny and Superintendent Jerrad Jeske. 

 

AGENDA REVIEW: A new approximate total for payroll was noted.

 

SALUTE TO LIBERTY:

  • Grace Grumbly thanked Athletic Director, Kyle Dodge and the Liberty community for their work to bring a soccer game to Liberty.  She hopes to see Liberty continue to host a game in the future as it was a great event for the students.
  • Jerrad Jeske gave a salute the Liberty Community Education Foundation for another spectacular evening at the auction. 

 

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

  • Enrollment is at 566. 
  • The insurance claim has finalized from the lightning strike that occurred in July of 2022.  We submitted over $326,000 in damage. The check arrived today for $325,240.33. 
  • The budget status report was reviewed.  The budgeted revenues and expenditures for this year are based and guided by payroll and AP from last year.  
  • 2024 Legislative Priorities from the Eastern Washington Quality School Coalition were shared.  Rising insurance costs are a top priority. 
  • We had our routine sanitary inspection this month on our drinking water infrastructure. Everything looked good with one exception: a screen needs to be added to an air vent and will be taken care of promptly. 
  • The latest on our van order, seems to suggest it may be time to move on to other options.  Once we make it to production, they won’t likely make a 10 passenger, and will only make it a 12 passenger.  We then would have to take it to get upfitted to change that, and would cost around $20,000. 
  • We are looking at hosting this year’s North Palouse Industry Fair, in the spring.  It provides an opportunity to expose students to various colleges and career opportunities.  Mrs. Mckenna has written a grant to help budget for items needed. 
  • Lastly, our current 3-year levies will expire this year, so we will be running replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) and Capital projects, Safety and Technology levies.  We will need to have a resolution ready for the next meeting, in order to get it on the February ballot.  This is not an added tax but rather a continuation in order to replace our current Levies.   
  • Will also have to appoint, if there are any members in the community, that would like to write the for/against statements for the voter’s pamphlet. 

 

ELEMENTARY/JUINIOR HIGH REPORT:  The following were a part of Alex Saywers’ report, presented by Aaron Fletcher:

  • We held our first elementary awards assembly at the end of September.
  • Sport – A – Thon just ended, they raised $21,000+, breaking the record.
  • The junior high had their first ASB activity for the month of September: Swing dancing with Shyann Morton was a favorite.
  • On October 13th we held an in-service to train our staff on using AIMSWEB, our benchmarking assessments we use K-8.  The OSSI grant was used to fund this in-service.
  • October 23-24, eight staff members go over to Renton to participate in a meeting as a part of the Inclusion Implementation Network we are participating in through the Puget Sound ESD. This is the beginning step of the network; the team will participate in 3 additional network meetings throughout the year (via Zoom). We used our OSSI grant to fund our participation.

 

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

  • Homecoming was a success.  Thank you to our ASB officers. 
  • First quarter comes to an end on Friday.
  • Parent-Teacher conferences are set for November 16-21. 
  • We will have ½ days structured with rotating periods during conferences.
  • The academic assembly to recognize students for their achievements, for the first quarter is November 3rd.
  • Character counts classroom visits are Monday, with Deputy Vicini.
  • Veteran’s Day K-12th Assembly will be November 9th at 9:30a.m.  Marina Cobbs will be our presenter.
  • ASVAB is set for November 14th, with 16 juniors taking it.
  • Knowledge Bowl begins October 31st at Freeman HS.  Mr. Degenhart is the coach.
  • The 9-12th Band Concert is October 26th, and the Choir recital is November 8th.    
  • Senior projects will be November 21st.
  • We continue to focus on 9th grade fail rate, and overall attendance and we are on track.

*Jeremy Engle asked if it was possible for board members to participate in the senior project, and there was discussion about possibly hosting some presentations at the board meeting held the same day.

 

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

  • Junior High Sports
    • Volleyball and Cross Country finished up last Friday.
    • Girls’ basketball starts today.  There are 25 participants as of today
    • Football got their first win of the year last week.  They received Inland Empire Football Officials Sportsmanship Award for the week.
    • Wrestling starts next week.
  • High School Sports
    • Football plays Riverview this week, and next week they will play in a crossover game.
    • On the 14th we hosted our 2nd annual Liberty Volleyball Tournament, with teams from across Eastern Washington attending.  Manson was the overall winner.
    • Volleyball plays at NWC in the 1st round of Districts tomorrow.  A win and we go to Lind-Ritzville, a lose we are at home.  There are on-going discussions about hosting districts.
    • Cross Country run at the State Qualifier on Friday.

 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC: None.

 

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

*Approval of regular board meeting minutes from September 27, 2023

*General Fund check #116156 in the amount of $40,376.30

*General Fund check #116157 in the amount of $997.26

*General Fund checks #116158-116210 in the amount of $106,263.65

*GF Comp Tax check #202300004 in the amount of $97.97

*Capital Projects Fund checks #116211-116212 in the amount of $3,130.31

*ASB Fund checks #116213-116221 in the amount of $2,747.16

*Payroll for September 2023 (special run) and checks #116150-116155 in the amount of $2,175.28

*Payroll for October 2023 (Breakdowns will be presented at the November meeting.)

TOTAL                              Checks # TBD   not to exceed    $             670,000.00

*VOID check #116089 for $167.14, Home Depot Credit Services, duplicate payment

*Personnel Action:

  • Resignations: Charlie Harrington – JH Head Wrestling Coach
  • Appointments: Charlie Harrington - HS Assistant Wrestling Coach, Emilee Davis – HS Assistant Track Coach  

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

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

  • The decision on the levy scenario will need to be determined before the next meeting, so that a resolution can be drafted for approval.

 

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Approval of CTE Program Evaluation for the 2023-24 SY for Business and Marketing, STEM, AG, and Skilled Science.

Chad Denny made a motion to approve the of CTE Program Evaluation for the 2023-24 SY for Business and Marketing, STEM, AG, and Skilled Science, Chad Cornmesser seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  1. Approve Resolution #23-24/01, Imprest and Change Fund Custodians and Amounts, increasing High School General Petty Cash to $100. 

Chad Denny made a motion to approve Resolution #23-24/01, Imprest and Change Fund Custodians and Amounts, increasing High School General Petty Cash to $100, Stephanie Stout seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

 

ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA:  Tuesday, November 21 - 6:00 PM

A.     Resolution to approve EP&O Levy and Technology & Safety Capital Projects Levy

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 6:36 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 7:02 p.m. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:02 p.m.