District conducting water quality tests in schools

A letter from Superintendent Dr. William Silver:

This letter is being sent to inform you about recent water quality testing completed in the elementary and middle schools in the Liberty Central School District.

Tests conducted at Liberty Elementary School showed an elevated level of lead in water samples from five classrooms. We have not yet received the middle school’s results.

School officials received the LES water test results after school on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and the district took immediate action. All affected sources of water used for drinking were immediately turned off, and will remain turned off until lead levels are confirmed to be below the acceptable limit of 15 parts per billion. No lead was found in water samples from the school’s cafeteria or kitchen.

Follow-up testing is currently underway and those results are expected by late October. Any faucets, fitting or pipes that have been identified as a source of lead will be replaced.

As a precaution, all of the affected sinks have signs posted on them and all of the drinking fountains have been shut off. The district will collaborate with engineers and environmental specialists to determine next steps, which could include the replacement or remediation of water pipes and fixtures. As a follow-up, additional water tests will be conducted to determine if the replacement/remediation was successful.

The health and safety of students and staff is a top priority for the Liberty Board of Education and school administration. We will continue to test Liberty Middle/High School and will keep you updated as we learn more.

For more information about lead and water testing, please visit the district’s website, www.libertyk12.org.

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Liberty kicks off school year with teacher, staff convocation

It was standing room only at the Liberty Central School District’s convocation breakfast Wednesday morning. Educators, administrators, board members and staff flocked to the Liberty High School auditorium after a breakfast hosted by the district to celebrate the start of the school year.

The auditorium was a sea of school colors with many audience members wearing matching t-shirts as they filed in, hugging and laughing as they caught up on summer vacation stories.

The morning festivities continued with the teachers preparing classrooms, watching videos, dissecting data from year’s prior, and above all reminding teachers of what they show up at work to do.

This year, as we seek to create strong learners and successful citizens, let’s adopt a vocation mind-set and think about why we do what we do. As educators, influencers, mentors, role models, agents of change,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Silver said, noting that the key to the community’s future lies within (all) its children.

“Our job is to raise the next generation of citizens with the aptitudes and habits of mind to keep our community great. We can do that by creating pathways to graduation, by adapting to students’ needs, by setting realistic goals and holding high expectations for all students, by increasing protective factors, and by adjusting our process toward the desired learning goals.”

Dr. Silver’s full convocation presentation highlighted the following:

• a summary of regents results, separated by subject;
• a 55 percent increase in the number of students taking college-level courses;
• an increase in graduation rate and number of students attending college;
• a four percent increase in graduate rate of students with Advanced Regents diplomas and CDOS certifications;
• an 11 percent increase in NWEA data; and
• the district’s plans to continue this upward trend, with specific attending paid to its recent focus designation.

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