Students receive Triple C Award

Three powerful words–character, courage and commitment—form the foundation for an upstanding man or woman. These words represent Liberty’s core values and form our mission to help students pursue their dreams and contribute and thrive in a diverse community.

We’d like to recognize and congratulate fifth-grade students Kimberlin Malaga Gonzalez and Hannah Wormuth for receiving the Attorney General’s Triple C Award for Character, Courage, and Commitment (Service.)

Developing the next generation of leaders: a look at TSTT

Students in grade 9-10 have an opportunity to participate in the Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) mentoring program at Liberty Central School District.

TSTT is for students who are interested in a career that involves teaching, coaching or leading. TSTT mentors these students by preparing them with effective leadership skills while still in high school.

The program is part of a school initiative that supports and mentors students who would like to pursue a career in education. The program’s advisor, Lisa Adrian-Davies, helps to identify, recruit, and mentor those current students who after college may return to Liberty classrooms as teachers and school leaders.

TSTT has received national recognition for its successful career partnership model and was cited by former US Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley as “an innovative program that embodies many of the goals and objectives for educational excellence and should serve as a model for other regions in the nation.”

TSTT serves more than 300 high school students and over 300 college students who come from nearly 50 high schools in Connecticut, New York, Virginia and Massachusetts. According to its website, TSTT has a proven track record places increasing the number of minority and economically disadvantaged students on the teacher track.

Additionally, TSTT students can qualify for a minimum 50 percent tuition scholarship from its growing roster of partner colleges.

TSTT program features include:
• Career Development Workshops
• Teaching with Technology Conferences
• Teacher Mentors
• Tutor Training
• Job Shadowing
• College Guidance and Visits
• SAT Preparation
• Summer Internships
• College and Career Counseling Assistance

Why join TSTT?
“There is a great need for strong and effective leadership in our community,” Ms. Adrian-Davies said. “All students in Liberty Central School District are emerging leaders, and TSTT can help them develop a deeper understanding of leadership concepts from different perspectives.”

TSTT members meet regularly in the high school and may take part in TSTT excursions such as college visits, career and leadership based workshops, and conferences. Soon they will begin weekly tutoring sessions with middle school students and students who speak English as a Second Language.

Students who would like to learn more about TSTT can contact Lisa Adrian-Davies at LAdrianDavies@libertyk12.org or (845) 292-5400 ext. 4209.

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BOE moves forward with superintendent search

The effort to find a new superintendent for the Liberty Central School District is moving along. The district’s school board has settled on a search firm to help find the next superintendent and hopes to have that person in place by July 1, 2018.

At its Aug. 22 meeting, the Liberty Board of Education selected the Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC) as the district’s search consultant. The group will help to assist the board of education with candidate recruitment, credential reviews, and consultation in the hiring process. WNYESC has conducted over 450 superintendent searches on behalf of various New York State school boards and takes pride in its attention to detail.

The district will use WNYESC to conduct a series of community focus groups to determine the most important characteristics for the new leader. The firm will then cull through applications to produce some finalists to be vetted in public. Meanwhile, the day-to-day operations of the district will be handled by Mrs. Carol Napolitano, who took the helm as interim superintendent on July 1.

“I encourage the staff and community to stay informed and take part in the conversation. We value your input. I contend that Liberty needs the best of the best and deserves to have just that,” Mrs. Napolitano said.

“Throughout the year, we will be sharing information with you regarding this process and will be asking for your involvement. Our intent is to have our next Superintendent board appointed by April with a start date of July 1, 2018.”

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