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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

Audience: Homepage

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

Audience: Homepage

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

Audience: Homepage

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

Audience: Homepage

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