Liberty School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
In addition to routine agenda items — such as setting school start times for next year and accepting a donation for student snacks at the Early Childhood Center — board members have a full schedule. They will consider revising district policies and review curriculum changes.
All policy changes under consideration tonight are in response to changes in state and federal laws. Most are in response to requirements of the state’s new Amy Hestir Student Protection Act. This Act requires all Missouri school boards to create written policies describing what information they will provide to other public schools regarding former employees, and the compliance deadline is July 1. This Act also requires districts to disclose whether teachers have resigned after being threatened with termination following allegations of sexual misconduct. Because of concerns that districts may be required to release such information even if the allegations turn out to be untrue, the Missouri School Boards’ Association is suggesting policy revisions in an attempt to protect districts from being sued.
Tonight the board will vote on whether to approve one new policies and nine revisions. “References” is the subject of the new policy. Those being revised include:
- Resignation of Professional Staff Members
- Termination of Professional Staff Members
- Nonrenewal of Professional Staff Members
- Resignation of Support Staff Members
- Nonrenewal, Suspension and Termination of Support Staff Members
- Criminal Background Checks
- Reporting and Investigating Child Abuse/Neglect
- Ceremonies and Observances
- Technology Usage
Also tonight, board members will review curriculum changes made necessary by the switch to national Common Core Standards. Because of the size of the task, the district is phasing in changes gradually. Tonight the board will hear an update on changes to English and Language Arts from kindergarten through high school.
The Board of Education meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the district’s administrative building; 650 Conistor; Liberty, MO 64068. Next month’s regular open board meeting will take place Monday, June 25.
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