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Learn about the district's focus designations

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Focus District and School Information

The New York State Education Department has identified the Liberty Central School District as a Focus District for the 2016-17 school year based on the 2014-15 state assessment results and the district’s graduation rate. Liberty Elementary School and Liberty Middle School have also been identified as Focus Schools.

Click here to read a letter about the district's focus designation that was mailed to parents Aug. 10, 2016.

What happens when a Focus School or Focus District is identified?

When Focus Districts and Schools are identified by the state, they must undergo an improvement process to address factors affecting student success. Liberty Central School District conducted a thorough review of elementary and middle school programs using the District Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) model, which entails a review process to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a district or school in relation to six main areas: district leadership and capacity; school leader practices and decision; curriculum development and support; teacher practices and decisions; student social and emotional developmental health; and family and community engagement. The district used information gathered from this process to craft a formal improvement plan that it will begin to implement no later than September 2016.

Can the community assist in developing these improvement plans?

Yes. The formal improvement plans also include feedback from parents and the school community. If you would like to be involved in this process for Liberty Elementary School or Liberty Middle School, please contact your child’s building principal. For questions regarding the creation of the district or school mprovement plan, please contact District Clerk/Secretary to the Superintendent Tania DeFrank at (845) 292-6990 or

LIBERTY ELEMENTARY School Comprehensive Education Plan 
Liberty MIDDLE SCHOOL comprehensive education plan
District Comprehensive Improvement Plan

Additonally, parents will be given the oppurtunity to share their thoughts and input via survey, to be distributed sometime in the fall of 2016.

What about Public School Choice?

In many cases, parents of students who attend Focus Schools have the right to Public School Choice (PSC), which allows students to transfer to a school within the district that is not identified by the state as a Focus School. As the district has only one elementary, middle and high school, school transfers cannot be offered.

Has Liberty High School been identified as a Focus or Priority School?

No. Liberty High School was not identified as a Focus or Priority School by the state.


- NYSED's Parent Guide to Understanding Focus District, Focus & Priority School Identification (PDF)

- NYSED's Frequently Asked Questions on Focus Districts, Focus Schools and Priority Schools (PDF)

- Additional questions about Liberty’s identification and improvement plan processes may be directed to District Clerk/Secretary to the Superintendent Tania DeFrank at (845) 292-6990 or


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