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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.

 

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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.
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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.

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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!

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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.

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