Winter sports start dates set

As the fall sports season winds down, the winter season is about to start. Varsity and JV teams may begin practice on Monday, November 6. Modified teams start a week later on Monday, November 13. All athletes should watch and listen for announcements concerniung the start date, time and location for their sport. Athletes may also speak to the coach or contact the Athletic Director, Mr. Kurt Buddenhagen. Athletes must have a current physical and a completed “yellow card” signed by the school nurse to begin practice. Contact Mrs. Linda Shorhall in the high school and Mrs. Kathy Zylko in the middle school to obtain a “yellow card” or to check on the status of your physical exam.

LHS placed on temporary hold in place, Oct. 25

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Liberty High School initiated a stay put procedure for approximately thirty minutes after building administrators were notified of an altercation between two students and a former student. The former student was accompanied by office staff enroute to the guidance office for re-enrollment inquiries.

The district’s School Resource Officer Devin Brust was immediately called for assistance. The former student was escorted off of school grounds; the district will be filing a no trespass warrant.

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Cheh, Racette selected for All-Section Team

Kelgin Cheh, senior goal keeper for the boys Varsity soccer team, has been selected for the Section 9 Class B All-Section team. This honor is bestowed by the Section 9 Soccer Coaches Association with the all the coaches in the 13 Class B schools in the MHAL and OCIAA voting. The selection is based on Kelgin’s stellar performance throughout the soccer season. He is one of only 16 players who were chosen for the team. Head Coach Debbie Simpson said “Keglin is well-deserving of this honor as he always represents the best of Liberty and its athletes!”

Olivia Racette has been selected for the Section 9 Class B All-Section team. This honor is bestowed by the Section 9 Soccer Coaches Association with the all the coaches in the 13 Class B schools in the MHAL and OCIAA voting. The selection is based on Olivia’s performance throughout the soccer season. She is one of only 16 players who were chosen for the team.


Boys soccer team recognizes seniors

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Liberty Indians boys soccer team played a home game against Fallsburg. Before the game the lineups for both teams were announced and Liberty’s senior players were announced. Each player was given a flower to present to their family. The players honored were Chris Bitjeman, Kelgin Cheh, Elvis Fuentes, Eric Fuentes, Bryce James, Jeet Patel, Christopher Ramirez and Luis Romero. The Indians went on to lose a close game to Fallsburg by a score of 2-0. Their record at the time was 11-5. The team qualified for the playoffs but lost to Fallsburg.

Below are some pictures from the game courtesy of Ms. Heather Cheh.

Eleven selected for Area-All State Nov. 17-18

11 LHS students pose in on the stairs. These students have been selected to perform at the all state music festival Nov. 17-18 at Tri Valley High. The Liberty Central School Music Department is proud to announce that eleven students have been selected to perform in the Zone 9 Area-All State music festival to take place on November 17th and 18th at Tri-Valley High School.

Selections are based on solo evaluation results last spring and teacher recommendation. The Area-All State festival is comprised of the top student musicians from the Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties.

Ian Cody and Elias Rabadi will perform with the Symphonic Orchestra. Brandi Crespo, Cascio Fonseca, Angelina Fontana, Michael Fritz, Tanner Parks and Olivia Racette will perform with the Mixed Chorus.  Christopher Ramirez, Luis Romero and Jordan Russo will perform with the Concert Band. Congratulations to all of our exceptional student musicians!

“These students have worked very hard to achieve this prestigious honor. I am proud of the dedication, perseverance, and musicianship exemplified in their outstanding auditions last spring,” said Director of Music Timothy Hamblin.

The students are under the direction of Timothy Hamblin, Dan McConnell and Sarah Weber.

Please contact Timothy Hamblin  at 292-5400 ext. 2021 or if you’d like more information.

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Liberty school buses involved in minor accident

At approximately 4 p.m. this afternoon, two of our late buses were involved in a minor collision in the Liberty Middle/High School parking lot upon dismissal.

One of the buses bumped the rear bumper of the other.

Twelve students were on the buses. Students were checked at the scene for injures and have since been transported to their stops in Ferndale and White Sulphur. Two of the twelve students expressed discomfort and were taken to the hospital with parent permission.

Our district buses and drivers are provided through Rolling V Transportation Services. Questions about this incident or transportation services in general may be directed to the main office of your child’s school.

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Taste Test Thursday comes to Liberty

On Thursday, Oct. 19, our cafeteria staff offered an item made with local apples, pumpkin and maple syrup during each lunch period in each of our schools.

We really want to encourage students to try new foods and strike up a conversation about the different qualities of food such as taste, texture, appearance and nutrition.

Taste Test Thursday will take place district wide once a month. More information to come!


Board requests input on superintendent search

The Liberty Central School Board of Education searching for a new superintendent and one step in that process is to seek input on the desired characteristics and skills that stakeholders would like to see in the district’s next leader.

The search firm of the Western New York Educational Service Council is assisting the Board with the search and has developed a survey to gather feedback on which characteristics are most important for our district community.

The participation of staff and community members at this stage of the process is essential to our success in finding the best person for the job. We hope you can share your thoughts.

To take the survey:
2. Follow the directions on the survey; and
3. Respond by Oct. 30, 2017.

LHS student starts kidney connection for her aunt

Liberty High School student Charlee Henley is overseeing a mission to help find her aunt Charli a kidney.

Charli is 37 years old, and has an extremely rare autoimmune condition called Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis. It’s a condition which attacks your organs, specifically the kidneys and lungs. Due to living with this condition for so long, her kidneys are beginning to fail. Currently, her kidney function is at 16 percent, one percentile away from end-stage renal failure.

When she reaches 10 percent, she has to begin dialysis, which will compromise any future kidney transplant operation. Because of this Charlee is doing everything she can to get the word out, in hopes that her family can find a donor before her aunt reaches the point of dialysis.

If you would like to support Charli in her cause, you can search for the “Kidney 4 Charli” Facebook page or fill out a candidate sheet, available here.

If you have specific questions, please e-mail Charlee at

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Liberty welcomes new assistant superintendent

Liberty Central School District welcomes Augustine E. Tornatore, Ed.D. as our new Assistant Superintendent of Schools. His first day will be Monday, Nov. 27.

Dr. Tornatore currently works in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District as the Director of Social Studies K-12. He works closely with his team to update the K-12 curriculum to reflect New York State’s Social Studies Framework. In addition, he provides professional development on the Social Studies Framework Practices, inquires, enduring issues, strategies for struggling students, and questioning techniques. Previously, Gus was the Administrator for Alternative, Adult and Community Programs within the Baldwin Union Free School District. He served as the Principal of Hastings Academy, the district’s alternative high school, where he raised the graduation rate for the students attending the program. He also revamped the K-12 medical homebound and suspension programs, Continuing Education, Driver Education, SAT Prep., and Saturday Night Alive programs. Furthermore, he implemented the online learning program for the District.

Dr. Tornatore has earned a Doctorate of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University with High Honor designation (achieving a 4.0 GPA.) He has earned two Master of Science degrees in School Administration and Supervision and Secondary Education/English from Queens College. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Stony Brook in Economics, minoring in English and Business Management.

“I am excited to join the Liberty Central School District team where I look forward to partnering with students, staff and the community to provide an enriched and outstanding education for our students,” Dr. Tornatore said.

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