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Liberty Public Schools Accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts


LPS joins Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, will partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from across the country


Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Liberty, MO Liberty Public Schools was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.


Liberty Public Schools was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration.


"This is quite an honor for our district and is a testament to all of the tremendous innovation taking place in our classrooms," said LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker.  "I cannot stress enough that this recognition would not be possible without the collaboration that takes place between teachers and leaders throughout our system."


The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year. With the new members, the League now includes 94 school districts in 33 states. The full list of members can be found at


“The League of Innovative Schools works to improve outcomes for students and solve the challenges facing K-12 schools through powerful and smart use of learning technologies and research,” said Kim Smith, executive director of the League of Innovative Schools. “We’re excited to welcome our new League members and further amplify the collective voice of the League to advance positive change in public education.”


League members are represented by their superintendent, who commits to:

●       Attend biannual League meetings, which feature classroom visits, collaborative problem-solving, and relationship-building with peers and partners;

●       Participate in League challenge collaboratives on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs of school districts;

●       Support Digital Promise research and provide feedback so it translates easily into classroom experiences and expands what we know about teaching and learning;

●       Engage with entrepreneurs to advance edtech product development steeped in the latest learning science and meets district needs; and

●       Participate in the League’s professional learning community by connecting with other members online, in person, and at each other’s school districts.

In addition to superintendents’ participation, there are also opportunities for other school administrators, principals, and teachers to participate in League and Digital Promise initiatives.


The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2017 meeting on October 31 in South San Francisco, held in held in partnership with the EdSurge Fusion conference.


For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit:


Press Contacts:

Digital Promise

Kristin Atkins

(650) 815-6934


Liberty Public Schools

Dallas Ackerman

(816) 736-5317




About Digital Promise

Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digital Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 10/5/17

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Dr. Martin Jacobs, principal at Liberty North High School, is pleased to announce senior Nathan Jacob, son of Jamie and Ann Jacob, has been named a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.  In addition, Dr. April Adams and the entire Liberty High School community are proud to announce senior Nolan Burroughs, son of Amy Quinn and John Burroughs, has also been named a National Merit semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. 
Over 1 million United States high school students entered the competition with only 16,000 being named semi-finalist.   As a semifinalist, these students are now eligible to earn one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, which are valued at a total of more than $32 million. 
Congratulations to both of these students for this amazing recognition!
Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 9/20/17

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Liberty Public Schools has officially earned accreditation from AdvancED.  All became official on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 when AdvancED Director, Dr. Tina Woolsey presented LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker with the certificate of achievement.


To read more about this exciting news, click here.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/30/17

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The annual Liberty North High School/Liberty High School varsity football game set for this Friday, September 1, at LNHS is sure to garner much attention and a large crowd. Preparations have been made, so below are important details in an effort to make your experience a good one:
  • Ticket pre-sale will take place Thursday, August 31, and Friday, September 1, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Liberty North High School Athletic Office. Ticket pre-sales will also take place Thursday, August 31, at the varsity volleyball game at LNHS until 7:30 p.m. In addition, pre-sale tickets will be sold at the Heritage Middle School office from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. both Thursday and Friday.
  • Gates will open Friday at 5:30 p.m.
  • In addition to LNHS student activity passes and sponsor passes being accepted for admittance, Liberty High School passes will also be accepted for this game only.
  • Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office (located across Eagle Drive from the visitor's gate), NOT AT THE COMPLEX GATES. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students (K-12 with ID's).
  • In an effort to ease parking/congestion, shuttle buses will be running from both Warren Hill's Elementary and Rogers Sporting Goods from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Shuttles will then begin returning fans to respective lots at the end of the 3rd quarter through the conclusion of the game.
  • Parents who plan to drop off and pick up students need to do so in the front loop of Liberty North High School (south side of the building).
  • Concessions and restrooms will be made available inside LNHS.
  • Food trucks will also be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Eagle Drive (trucks to include: Mud Hole BBQ, Tito's, Funnel Cakes, and Kona Ice).
We hope everyone has an enjoyable game experience, and we wish the best of luck to both teams!
Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/29/17

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SOAR Awards Return in '17-'18
Is there a member of the Liberty Public Schools team that has made a difference for you or your child? Returning for another year is our SOAR Award program. SOAR, standing for Service Over and Above the Rest, allows us the opportunity to recognize many of our amazing staff throughout the school year. Along with a surprise visit from our superintendent and other district leaders, recipients will receive a gift card and certificate, made possible by our returning sponsor, Commerce Bank.
To nominate someone for a SOAR Award today, click here.
Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/17/17

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The 2017-2018 school year is right around the corner.  In an effort to prepare you for the upcoming year, we encourage you to visit our official LPS Facebook page to view the "30 Things to Know" video series.  From school start/end times to district boundaries, the series is intended to provide parents and students all of the important information to have a successful start to the new school year.  To visit our Facebook page and view these segments, click here.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 8/4/17

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On August 21, 2017, Liberty Public Schools is fortunate to experience the solar eclipse along the path of totality.  Students in Liberty will be offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of classroom learning experiences, tied to Missouri Learning Standards, and centered on an inquiry instructional approach.  Eclipse glasses will be provided to all LPS students and staff.  Students will learn the appropriate guidelines for experiencing the eclipse , and teachers will provide a variety of activities for students to better understand the eclipse event.

For questions about the Liberty Public Schools Eclipse Day, please contact your child's school or the Liberty Public Schools Department of Academic Services.  Additionally, more information that has been collected and curated by LPS Science teachers can be accessed by clicking here, intended to better equip and prepare our staff, students, and families for the Eclipse Day 2017.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 7/11/17

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Incoming 6th/9th Grade Student Residency Verification Information
Attention parents of students entering the 6th and 9th grades for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year! LPS will be implementing a new residency verification policy. This will be a requirement for students starting on the first day of school (August 16, 2017). The calendar window to submit required documentation is June 15 - July 29, 2017.  Parents are encouraged to begin gathering the information below to submit during the calendar window in order to avoid long lines and/or enrollment delays:
  • Residency Declaration Form
  • A copy of parent/guardian photo ID
  • Acceptable proofs of residency
    (Two different utilities - water, gas, or electric OR lease agreement OR non-contingent home sales contract OR settlement statement from home purchase)
Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 6/15/17

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At the Monday, May 22, 2017, Board of Education meeting, the Board made several appointments to the LPS District Leadership Team.  Below, is a summary of these appointments:


New Executive Director of Elementary Education Named

The Board appointed Andrea Dixon-Seahorn as the next Executive Director of Elementary Education.  Ms. Dixon-Seahorn is currently a Special Consultant for Equitable Education with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Educator Quality.


As an educational professional of 23 years, Ms. Dixon-Seahorn has experience serving in roles as an instructional coach, school library media specialist, and elementary classroom teacher in urban academic settings.  In a school leadership capacity, she brings with her nine years of experience as a principal and assistant principal in the Kansas City area.


Ms. Dixon-Seahorn holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Specialist in Education-Superintendent from Northwest Missouri State University.


Michelle Swierski Named New Warren Hills Elementary Principal

At the Monday, May 22, Board of Education meeting, the Board appointed Ms. Michelle Swierski to be the next principal at Warren Hills Elementary.


Ms. Swierski is a familiar face in Liberty Public Schools, as she has served in the role of teacher, instructional coach, and most recently assistant principal since 2003.  She spent eight years at Alexander Doniphan Elementary, six as a classroom teacher, followed by a two-year stint as an instructional coach.  She then accepted a position as assistant principal at Kellybrook Elementary in 2011 and has remained in this role until Monday’s appointment.


Ms. Swierski has a degree in Elementary Administration from Park University, along with a Specialists degree in the area of Curriculum and Instruction from William Woods University.


Jennifer Selock Appointed to Assistant Principal Role

The Board appointed Ms. Jennifer Selock to be a traveling assistant principal between Shoal Creek Elementary School and Heritage Middle School.  Ms. Selock joined Liberty Public Schools in 2014, teaching 6th grade English Language Arts at South Valley Middle School.  In 2015, she taught the Missouri Option Program, and recently became the Academic and Behavioral Interventionist at Liberty Academy.  


Ms. Selock has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Missouri Western State College and her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University. 


We look forward to welcoming each of these individuals to the District Leadership Team.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 5/23/17

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Parents of Liberty Public Schools,
Recently, you should have received an email regarding updating your student(s) demographic information for the 2017-2018 school year.  Included in the email was specific username/password information for your child(ren).

The window for making these updates opened earlier this morning and the portal can be accessed by clicking here.

This online review takes just a few minutes and will ensure that your child's school has the most up-to-date information.  This includes the ability to make changes to parent/guardian contact information, emergency contacts, update health information, complete the meal assistance program application, technology usage agreement, as well as reviewing several policies.

The window for making this update will continue until August 1, 2017.  Completing this process early will make the regular student enrollment process prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year much easier.

If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the school that your child will be attending this fall.

Thank you for your attention and have a great summer!

Office of Communications
Liberty Public Schools

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 5/15/17

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At the Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Board of Education work session, the Board appointed several individuals to serve in assistant principal roles.  These appointments include:

  • Mrs. Whitney Weakley has been selected as the new assistant principal at South Valley Middle School.  Mrs. Weakley has spent her entire career in education in Liberty Public Schools and has most recently served as assistant principal at Warren Hills Elementary.  Earlier in her career, she spent eight years teaching at Liberty Middle School.  She will replace Mr. Mitch Hiser, who was appointed the new principal at Lewis and Clark Elementary earlier this semester.
  • Mrs. Sara Wickham has been selected as an assistant principal at Liberty High School.  Ms. Wickham has served in LPS since 2006 as both a classroom teacher at LHS and as an Innovation and Learning Coach.  Most recently, she has been an administrative intern at LHS.  She fills one of the two assistant principal positions that were vacated earlier this year.
  • Mr. Edward Tate has been selected to fill the second assistant principal position at Liberty High School.  Mr. Tate began his career in public education in 2004 in his hometown, with the Wichita Public School District, serving as a classroom teacher.  He would eventually transition into an administrator role and has most recently served as an assistant principal at Smith-Hale Middle School in the Hickman Mills School District.
  • In addition to the three appointments made this week, the Board also recently selected Mrs. Jamie Ackart to serve in the role of assistant principal at Shoal Creek Elementary.  Mrs. Ackart has spent the past decade serving students in Liberty Public Schools as both a classroom teacher at Manor Hill Elementary and most recently as an Innovation and Learning Coach at both Manor Hill Elementary and Lewis and Clark Elementary.

All of the appointments listed above will be effective for the 2017-2018 school year.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 5/3/17

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The Board of Education is currently seeking applicants interested in filling the vacant seats of the Audit & Finance Committee. The seats available are three 3-year positions ending June 30, 2020 and one 1-year position ending June 30, 2018. Service for the position will begin immediately following an interview and selection process by the Board of Education to be conducted on Monday, June 19, 2017.  Applicants must be available to participate in the interview process on that date.


The Audit & Finance Committee is appointed by the Liberty Public School District Board of Education and is responsible for making recommendations to the Board relating to any matters of audit or financial concern within the operation of the District.  The overall responsibility of the Committee consists of performing a comprehensive, prospective review of the operations of the District and making recommendations, including, but not limited to, the following:  contract awards, financial reports of revenue and expenditures, non-bond capital improvement reports, bond issue capital improvement reports, investment reports, annual budget, long range financial planning objectives, audit reports, and internal control reports.  The comprehensive charter of the Audit & Finance Committee may be viewed at:


Meeting Frequency: Committee members commit to review financial data on a monthly basis and attend meetings typically on Monday evening, 5:30 p.m., the week prior to Board of Education meetings.


Qualifications: Residents of the Liberty Public School District wishing to serve on the Audit & Finance Committee should have experience or background in a leadership capacity, budget, accounting, auditing or finance.


Meetings held by the Audit & Finance Committee are open, public meetings held under the auspices of Missouri Sunshine Law.


Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, May 1, 2017 through Monday, May 22, 2017.  Interested patrons may fill out an application online on the District’s Web site at:


Applications must be received by the close of business, 4:30 p.m., on Monday, May 22, 2017.  Applicant interviews will be conducted on June 19, 2017.  In the event the Board of Education meeting is rescheduled, applicant interviews will be rescheduled as well. 


For more information, please contact Cindy Sullivant, Chief Financial Officer at 816-736-7105.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 4/28/17

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By David Boyce

The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) announced its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2016-2017 earlier this month.

Education leaders from across the country are recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instructional strategies that contribute to high-quality learning experiences for all students.

The 20 to Watch program honors educators nationally who are passionate, capable, curious, and always thinking about the next technology innovation for education.

The NSBA thought so much about the things happening in LPS, that Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker made the 2016-2017 20 to Watch list, which was announced on April 3.

In true Tucker fashion, he deflected the recognition heaped upon him and praised the staff and administrators at LPS.

“It is pretty humbling to be a part of that quality of a group and to be recognized in that capacity,” Tucker said, “but it is really a reflection of our team and our district efforts as to where we are at in innovation. You can’t solely take the credit by any means, but share the accolades with everyone.”

In their write-up, NSBA said this about Tucker: “Under Dr. Jeremy Tucker’s leadership, EPiC Elementary has become a model school for creativity and problem-based learning that uses visionary and innovative practices advanced through the use of technology. He encourages his staff to embrace the concepts of Future Ready schools and align classroom instructional design with project-based learning. As a #GoOpen Ambassador district, he shares the district’s experiences with open education resources (OER) across the country.”

Tucker has been the superintendent of LPS for over three years and feels at home.

“It has been great,” Tucker said. “We enjoy Liberty, the experiences we have had here as a family, and definitely, the support of the school board.”

In his years at LPS, Tucker has been impressed with the level of engagement of the students and the level of expectation from the parents and family as LPS continues to navigate growth and change in the Liberty community.

Tucker and his staff are never satisfied with the status quo. They want to keep improving the educational opportunities for the students.

“There are certainly areas we can improve upon as far as challenges we face,” Tucker said.

One of the challenges is to maintain the high level of education for each student as the district continues to grow. Tucker is thankful LPS is in a community in which businesses take an active part in the education process.

“Community partnership is key for us as we look at a variety of learning opportunities for kids,” Tucker said. “If they want to pursue college or the career path of their choosing, how do we partner with our community to be able to give them a glimpse of what those options are like.”

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 4/20/17

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At the regular April 17, 2017, Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the hiring of Mr. Jeff Baird as the new Director of Transportation, effective July 1, 2017.


Mr. Baird has had a successful career in both business and logistics. Past employment has included serving as Vice President of Logistics and Strategic Planning at EB Games, assisting the company through an Initial Public Offering (IPO), and developing distribution capabilities on four continents.  He also helped start a third-party logistics company until 2007, when he moved to the area to work for W.W. Grainger as a process manager.  While at Grainger, he also took on a ministry role at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, where he currently serves as an associate pastor.


“We’re excited to have Jeff join us, and I’m confident he’ll be a great fit with the transportation team and prove to be a strong leader for the district,” said Chief Operations Officer Steve Anderson.  “Jeff has a unique background and perspective that will translate well to this position.  While he has big shoes to fill, I am confident we will continue the great momentum that Ono and his team have been able to gain over the past several years.”


Born in Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Wilkes University, Mr. Baird has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Finance.


He and his wife, Deb, are active in volunteering with non-profit organizations and schools, including LPS’s own Liberty Academy.  The Baird’s are proud parents of three adult children and one grandchild.


Mr. Baird will replace current Transportation Director Ono Monachino, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 4/18/17

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At a surprise, stand-up meeting held in the conference room at the Support Services Building, it was announced that Mr. Marion Hunerdosse is the 2017-2018 LPS Support Employee of the Year.


Mr. Hunerdosse has been a loyal Liberty Public Schools employee, serving in the transportation department since January 1985.  His duties in the department have ranged from not only a route driver, but also a driver trainer and licensed 3rd party examiner for the Missouri State Highway Patrol to issue new commercial driver’s licenses to drivers.   Following a stint as Assistant Transportation Director in 2001-2002, Hunerdosse returned to driving bus routes, a position he still holds today as he safely transports special needs students.


“Marion is a man of great integrity and leads by example,” said LPS Director of Transportation Ono Monachino.  “He genuinely cares about the students he transports, their parents, and the people he works with.  I think he epitomizes everything the Support Employee of the Year is about.”


Away from the transportation office and bus, Hunerdosse keeps himself extremely busy.  He is also a pastor at Flack Memorial Christian Union Church in Excelsior Springs, MO.


It’s also a family affair for the Hunderdosse’s in Liberty Public Schools, as his wife, Gail, is a long-time administrative assistant at Alexander Doniphan Elementary.


This is the seventh year of the Support Employee of the Year program, which was introduced as a way to recognize the outstanding work by LPS support staffA listing of previous LPS Support Employee of the Year recipients is provided below.


Previous LPS Support Employees of the Year

2016-2017  Cliff Redmond – Discovery Middle School

2015-2016   Curt Laven - Technology

2014-2015   Gina Van Egdom  - Alexander Doniphan Elementary

2013-2014   Brenda Drummond - Shoal Creek Elementary

2012-2013   Carolyn Morris ­- Early Childhood Center

2011-2012   Debby Ross ­- Manor Hill Elementary

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 4/18/17

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Yesterday was the local election in which four LPS Board of Education positions were determined.  Winning the three, three-year positions were Kim-Marie Graham, AJ Byrd, and Angie ReedKent Peterson was voted in to serve the one-year position.  All candidates will officially be sworn-in at the regular Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 17, 2017.

For a detailed look at results from Tuesday's election, visit the Clay County Missouri Board of Election Commissioners website by clicking here.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 4/5/17

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Liberty Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. LPS is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to
provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Liberty Public Schools answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
“The recognition of being a Best Community confirms the value of high rigor in the Fine Arts Department through the work of the teachers, students, and the community," said LPS Director of Fine Arts Aaron Money.   "It is an honor to be selected five years in a row by the NAMM Foundation."
This award recognizes that LPS is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education
legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, and awaiting state
implementation designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.
As LPS finalizes its 2017-2018 budget, The NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education Award and the state level
implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of curriculum offerings and available to all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school and the personal benefits of making music.
Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music.
In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.
Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in
group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.
A 2015 study, “ Striking A Chord” supported by the NAMM Foundation, also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents
for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 4/5/17

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At the Monday, March 27, 2017, Board of Education meeting, the Board appointed Dr. Greg Mees to be the next principal of Discovery Middle School, effective July 1, 2017.


Dr. Mees is currently an assistant principal at Liberty High School, a role he has held since joining Liberty Public Schools in 2008.  He will fulfill his duties as assistant principal at LHS through the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year before assuming his new role. 


“We are excited and confident Dr. Mees will build on all of the great things happening at DMS,” said LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker.  “Dr. Mees has a tremendous skillset and track record of successfully serving secondary students and families.”


Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Mees attended Indiana University – Bloomington, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in History.  He returned to Columbia in 2001 to be a social studies teacher at Columbia Hickman High School, his alma mater.  While in Columbia, he earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Administration from William Woods University.  In addition, Dr. Mees obtained his Educational Specialist and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri – Columbia. 


Dr. Mees will replace Dr. Julie Moore, who was named the new Executive Director of Secondary Education earlier this semester.


Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 3/28/17

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The Liberty PTA Council will be hosting a Board Candidate Forum on Tuesday, March 28, in the 3rd floor District Administration Center Board Room. This event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will not only provide an opportunity for the candidates to share why they would be good board members, but also provide the audience with an opportunity to ask questions. 

As shared earlier this winter, candidates that have filed for the three, three-year term seats are:  Mr. Nick Bartlow, Ms. Angie Reed, Ms. Kim-Marie Graham, and Mr. A.J. Byrd. In addition, there is one, one-year seat available. Filing for this position was Mr. Kent Peterson.
This event will be taped by KLPS-TV Channel 18 and offered on the LPS YouTube Channel.  Please contact Liberty PTA Council President Jennie Alexander with any questions.
Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 3/9/17

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Liberty Public Schools recently received exciting news when the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that we were one of only six districts in Missouri to attain the AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP classes for students while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on the exams.  Below is the press release that was delivered state-wide last month:


Missouri students have increased their scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams over the past decade, according to the latest data. AP classes offer several advantages for students, including portability of scores to a variety of colleges and universities in Missouri and across the country. Students who score 3 or higher have been shown to earn higher grade point averages in college, and they are more likely to graduate from college in four years. A score of 3 indicates a student is qualified in a subject, 4 is well qualified, and 5 is extremely well qualified.

For Missouri’s class of 2016, 6,938 students scored 3 or higher on the exams. That is compared with 3,400 students in 2006. Sixty-one percent of Missouri students who took the exams scored 3 or higher, compared with the national average of 56.2 percent.

Six Missouri school districts attained the AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP classes for their students while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on the exams:

  • Kirksville R-III
  • Liberty 53
  • Nixa Public Schools
  • Parkway C-2
  • Smithville R-II
  • Washington School District

“Congratulations to these school districts and to all the Missouri students who made such great progress on AP exams,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “AP coursework is challenging and rigorous, and we are proud of these students and their teachers.”

Proposed AP syllabi must be approved by a panel of current AP instructors and higher education representatives before districts may offer an AP course. Content-specific training is available to better prepare teachers to successfully offer their AP courses.

AP exams will be offered in May. Discounted fees are available for qualified low-income students.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 3/7/17

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Liberty Public Schools is now in Step 3 of the Long Range Planning Process - Planning Criteria. 

This phase of the Long Range Plan is where we define the priorities and objectives that will guide the options we explore in Step 4.  In an effort to gain your input, we have put together a menu of planning criteria that may fit the desires of Liberty Public Schools.  This is a draft list of 16 potential criteria statements that explain what the District wants the Long Range Plan to address. With that said, many of them may need revised and tweaked until they fit Liberty perfectly.  So please give us your honest feedback when responding and use that comment box to tell us exactly what you are thinking.  We will use this information to guide our discussion and formation of the final planning criteria.

To take the survey, click here.  We appreciate the feedback from our valued LPS stakeholders!

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 2/23/17

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'17-'18 Academic Calendar Approved

At the regular Board of Education meeting held Tuesday evening, January 17, the Board approved the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar.  To view the calendar, click here.  The first key date to take note of is Wednesday, August 16, 2017, as that will be the first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year.


Note:  The 2017-2018 EPiC Elementary calendar was also approved at the January 17, 2017, Board of Education meeting and can be accessed by clicking here.

Posted by: Dallas Ackerman
Published: 1/18/17