LFA sponsor “Meet the Candidates” night

All Liberty Central School District teachers, staff, board of
education and community members are invited to attend the Liberty
Faculty Association (LFA) Meet the Board of Education Candidates
Night on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Liberty High School
cafeteria.

On Tuesday, May 17, residents will elect three board of
education members for the seats currently held by Andrew Kavleski,
John Nichols and Philip Olsen.

The candidates running are:
• Andrew Kavleski
• Rachel A. Reeves-Graves
• Dr. Philip Olsen
• Matthew DeWitt
• Anthony Covington
• Timothy P. Burke, Esq.
• Cindy Prince
• John L. Nichols

The LFA will be serving coffee, tea and cake during Meet the
Candidates Night and will pose a series of questions for
candidates to answers.

Following the series, attendees will be able to speak with
candidates individually.

What’s next?

What: Voter registration deadline –
Click here to
find out if you’re registered to vote
.
When: Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m.
Where: Residents can register from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., M-F at the Liberty Central School District Office (115
Buckley St.) or at the County Board of Elections.

What: 2016-17 Budget Public Hearing
When: Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m.
Where: David E. Panebaker Auditorium in the
Liberty High School

What: 2016-17 Annual District Budget Vote
When: Tuesday, May 17 from noon to 9 p.m.
Where: The vote will take place at Liberty High
School gymnasium, which is located at 125 Buckley St., Liberty.

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Human Rights Commission needs your help

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission (SCHRC) has begun an
important grassroots initiative to pull Sullivan County from poverty
to prosperity – and your participation is needed.

The SCHRC is searching for 8-12 community members from each of the
county’s legislative districts to take part in DIALOGUE2CHANGE, a
new companion effort designed to create positive community change
through open conversation.

About DIALOGUE2CHANGE:

DIALOGUE2CHANGE is an initiative of the Sullivan County Human
Rights Commission with funding from the Sullivan County Division
of Planning and Environmental Management’s Small Grants Program
and developed under the guidance of Everyday Democracy.*

The goal of DIALOGUE2CHANGE is to develop grassroots strategies
to help Sullivan County residents move toward prosperity.
DIALOGUE2CHANGE hopes to bring a diversity of citizens together
to:

  • listen respectfully;
  • explore the assets and challenges that exist in their
    communities; and]
  • develop workable ways of addressing poverty.

How it works:

  •  Representatives from each district will attend a
    total five meetings to discuss Sullivan County’s socioeconomic
    status.
  • After five meetings, representatives from each district
    will create an action one or two action plans that members of
    the community will implement in support of the community’s
    efforts to ameliorate poverty. The focus and scope of the
    action plans will be based upon the vision and abilities
    available in the community.
  • This process of conducting community dialogues will
    increase the awareness of present programs that are available
    throughout the county and encourage communities to connect
    with these services.
  • This process will provide an environment where all
    community members can connect, share ideas and be heard,
    across differences of race, ethnicity, age, socio-economics,
    religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political views.

Take action now:

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission is reaching out to
all Sullivan County residents to participate.

Community Partners

Sullivan County Legislature
Sullivan County Workforce Development Board
Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless
Sullivan County Department of Family Services
Sullivan County Office for the Aging
Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development
Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc.
Latino Alliance of Sullivan County
Health Promotion Strategies
Fallsburg Central School District
Liberty Central School District
Monticello Central School District
Sullivan West Central School District
Sullivan County BOCES
Phillipsport Community Center
BATS/ CARE
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan
counties
Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office
NACL Theater

**The Everyday Democracy foundation has been helping
communities across the U.S. create change through dialogues for
over 25 years.

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Budget newsletter available; vote on Tues., May 17

Check your mailboxes soon for the May 2016 Budget Edition of the
Liberty Central School District newsletter.

The issue is chock-full of information about the $44.4 million
budget proposed for the 2016-17 year, including:

• An explanation of the district’s projected revenues (where
the money comes from) and expenditures (where it goes);
• A look at student points of pride in 2015-16;
• Details about the salad bars coming to all Liberty schools;
• The Liberty Board of Education’s goals and priorities; and more.

What’s next?

What: LFA Meet the Candidates Night
When: Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
Where: Liberty High School cafeteria

What: 2016-17 Budget Public Hearing
When: Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m.
Where: David E. Panebaker Auditorium in the
Liberty High School

What: Voter registration deadline –
Click here to
find out if you’re registered to vote
.
When: Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m.
Where: Residents can register from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., M-F at the Liberty Central School District Office (115
Buckley St.) or at the County Board of Elections.

What: 2016-17 Annual District Budget Vote
When: Tuesday, May 17 from noon to 9 p.m.
Where: The vote will take place at Liberty High
School gymnasium, which is located at 125 Buckley St., Liberty.

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BOE adopts 2016-17 budget

On Tuesday, April 19, the Liberty Board of Education adopted a
$44,414,849 budget for 2016-17 that yields a -2.61 percent tax
levy increase.

From January through early April, the board reviewed and
fine-tuned the draft budget so that it would be reflective of its
annual goals related to education and resident feedback regarding
educational priorities and school taxes.

Administrators were able to reduce the tax levy – or the amount
of revenue raised through property taxes – by keeping the budget
increase to a minimum, several reductions (for example, retirement
system costs) and best utilizing an increase in state aid.

The budget proposal being presented to the community supports
the Liberty Board of Education’s long term goals to significantly
improve academic achievement by providing additional social and
emotional supports for students, increasing the use of technology
across the district, expanding enrichment opportunities and
increasing support for English Language Learners, and the growing
middle school and special needs populations.

Voters will also select from eight candidates to fill three
open seats on the Liberty Board of Education. The candidates,
listed in ballot order, are:

•  Andrew Kavleski
•  Rachel A. Reeves-Graves
•  Philip Olsen
•  Matthew DeWitt
•  Anthony Covington
•  Timothy P. Burke, Esq.
•  Cindy Prince
•  John L. Nichols

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 3, and
district residents will vote on the budget May 17.

What’s next?

What: Voter registration deadline  (Click
here to find out if you’re registered to vote
.)
When: Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m.
Where: Residents can register from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., M-F at the Liberty Central School District Office (115
Buckley St.) or at the County Board of Elections.

What: 2016-17 Budget Public Hearing
When: Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m.
Where: David E. Panebaker Auditorium in the
Liberty High School

What: 2016-17 Annual District Budget Vote
When: Tuesday, May 17 from noon to 9 p.m.
Where: The vote will take place at Liberty High
School gymnasium, which is located at 125 Buckley St., Liberty.

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District needs input for new wesbite

The Liberty Central School District wants to know what you find
useful on its existing website and what you think could be improved.

District officials are seeking input on Liberty’s existing website
with the intention of redesigning it.

The website serves as the center of information about the school
district and is the district’s primary resource for updating
parents, students, staff and community members about what is going
on across our district and within our schools.

The district would like to make sure its website evolves with
technology and the changes in how the general public consumes
information. Feedback from those who seek information via the
website is critical in guiding the process going forward.

To help guide the redesign process, please complete a
short eight-question survey which will be available online through
May 13. The district will be reviewing the feedback as part of its
planning process. Thank you in advance for your time and feedback.

Click here to access the survey.

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Art Walk and Art Shows highlight LSCD programs

In its first ever full district opening, all three Liberty schools
will join in one event with the Elementary and Middle School Art
show hosted by the Liberty Library at 189 North Main Street and the
annual Liberty High School show hosted by the Liberty Museum at 46
South Main Street.

The school district’s campaign “Taking Art to the Streets” will be
highlighted by National Art Honor Students escorting groups to
each exhibit on Main Street and will include local artists and the
opening of the Left Bank Gallery to make the night an arts event
for all!

Beginning at 5 p.m., students from Liberty’s National Art
Honor Society will escort groups in an Art Walk along Main Street,
where many exhibits will be on display.

A fun tradition, the Art Walk process is simple — proceed at your
own pace, stop at artwork that captures your fancy, stroll around
main street that is peppered with photographs, paintings,
sculptures and more.

Art Walk participants will be given a passport. As the walk
begins, participants will be encouraged to fill out their
passports in order to enter a raffle.

Be prepared to be surprised by the wide array of artistic styles
that are represented by Liberty students, from traditional to
contemporary, from still life to impressionism and more.

Award winning cake artist Kim Simons and sculptor and metalworking
phenom Zac Shaverick will be in front of their work at the Liberty
Public Library, 189 North Main Street and outside Floyd & Bobo’s
bakery, respectively. The Ron Lusker gallery will be open at The Left Bank, 59 North Main Street.

Additionally, the LHS Art Department will unveil its the new
banners that will decorate both sides of Main Street. The banners
will feature student artwork and have been made possible through a
grant that the department received in April from Sullivan
Renaissance.

Event Details:

From 5-6:30 p.m., National Art Honor Society students will guide
small groups through Liberty, starting from the Liberty Museum and
stopping at each Art Walk attraction point.

At 6:45 p.m., certificates of Appreciation will be given to
businesses participating in the Art Walk at the Liberty Museum and
Art Center, 46 South Main Street.

At 7 p.m., the Art Department will unveil its new banners which
will decorate both sides of Main Street. There will be an auction
of the full size banners.

At 7:30 p.m., the school’s art department will present student
awards, followed by the National Art Honor Society Induction at 8
p.m.

Liberty artists + Liberty’s emerging artists = one exciting night!

All events are free and refreshments will be served. Live music
will be provided by Liberty music students.

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Liberty Art Shows open May 20

In its first ever full district opening, all three Liberty schools will join in one event with the Elementary and Middle School Art show hosted by the Liberty Library at 189 North Main Street and the annual Liberty High School show hosted by the Liberty Museum at 46 South Main Street.

The school district’s campaign “Taking Art to the Streets” will be highlighted by National Art Honor Students escorting groups to each exhibit on Main Street and will include local artists and the opening of the Left Bank Gallery to make the night an arts event for all!

Beginning at 5 p.m., students from Liberty’s National Art Honor Society will escort groups in an Art Walk along Main Street, where many exhibits will be on display.

A fun tradition, the Art Walk process is simple — proceed at your own pace, stop at artwork that captures your fancy, stroll around main street that is peppered with photographs, paintings, sculptures and more.

Art Walk participants will be given a passport. As the walk begins, participants will be encouraged to fill out their passports in order to enter a raffle.

Be prepared to be surprised by the wide array of artistic styles that are represented by Liberty students, from traditional to contemporary, from still life to impressionism and more.

Award winning cake artist Kim Simons and sculptor and metalworking phenom Zac Shaverick will be in front of their work at the Liberty Public Library, 189 North Main Street and outside Floyd & Bobo’s bakery, respectively.
The Ron Lusker gallery will be open at The Left Bank, 59 North Main Street.

Additionally, the LHS Art Department will unveil its the new banners that will decorate both sides of Main Street. The banners will feature student artwork and have been made possible through a grant that the department received in April from Sullivan Renaissance.

Event Details:

From 5-6:30 p.m., National Art Honor Society students will guide small groups through Liberty, starting from the Liberty Museum and stopping at each Art Walk attraction point.

At 6:45 p.m., certificates of Appreciation will be given to businesses participating in the Art Walk at the Liberty Museum and Art Center, 46 South Main Street.

At 7 p.m., the Art Department will unveil its new banners which will decorate both sides of Main Street. There will be an auction of the full size banners.

At 7:30 p.m., the school’s art department will present student awards, followed by the National Art Honor Society Induction at 8 p.m.

Liberty artists + Liberty’s emerging artists = one exciting night!

All events are free and refreshments will be served. Live music will be provided by Liberty music students.

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LES names Artist of the Month

Every month, one student will be chosen by Ms. Euker as Artist
of the Month. Students are chosen based on good behavior, hard work
and passion. Chosen students will receive a certificate and have
their artwork is displayed in the lobby of Liberty Elementary
School’s main entrance.

Congratulations to Cara DeBartolo in Ms. Maopolski’s fourth grade
class!

Cara says, “My favorite thing about art is to be creative. I like
to sculpt instead of draw because it lets me use my hands.”

When she’s not working on her class art projects, Cara spends her
time drawing her favorite animals.
Cara also said that her dream job would combine her love for art
with her love for animals.

“Being an artist runs in my family. My brother also likes to
draw.”

Cara will receive a special certificate and have her artwork is
displayed in the lobby of the school’s main entrance.

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Comptroller’s report praises Liberty for fiscal responsibility

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli recently released a report commending the Liberty Central School District and its board of education for installing sound financial checks and balances for transactions made during the 2014-2015 school year.

“District officials and the board have taken a more proactive role in effectively managing its financial operations. This includes adopting realistic budgets and reviewing expenditures for cost savings where possible,” according to the 12-page audit released by DiNapoli’s office on April 1.

The audit examined transactions made between July 1, 2014 and Nov. 30, 2015 and referred back as far as July 1, 2012 to gauge the consistency of the district’s financial operations.

The report commended Liberty for its sensible fiscal management, noting that the district consistently uses its budget surpluses to fund reserves, plan for long-term projects and minimize the need for significant property tax increases.

The report noted that that although the unemployment insurance and retirement contribution reserves were over funded by $1.6 million, the district plans to transfer the excess to the capital reserve to help fund future capital projects.

In its recommendations to the district, the comptroller’s office suggested that officials closely monitor the profitability of its recent participation in the National School Lunch Program Community Eligibility Provision, a program that allows the district to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students and be reimbursed using a formula of the percentage of students who are eligible for free meals.

While the district’s involvement in the free breakfast and lunch program has increased its federal aid, the report noted that it is too early to determine whether it is cost-effective.

District officials said they agree with the findings and thanked state officials without disputing any elements in the report.

“Liberty Central School District appreciates how you have commended district officials for their ‘prudent fiscal management’ and will continue to closely monitor fund balance, reserves, property taxes and expenditures to consistently maintain financial stability,” Superintendent Dr. William Silver wrote in the district’s response, dated March 23 and included in the final report. “Additionally, officials will continue to monitor the School Lunch Program and the cost effectiveness of the Community Eligibility Program.”

As district officials and the board of education continue to develop the 2016-17 proposed budget, they will hold tight to their “do more with less” philosophy with the goal of ensuring that students get the best education possible without exceeding the district’s tax levy limit.

Residents can follow the budget development process by visiting www.libertyk12.org/budget or by attending an upcoming board of education meeting. Meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. During the school year, meetings are held in the library/media center at Liberty High School.

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