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.

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 kidney4charli@gmail.com

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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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Girls soccer team recognizes seniors

On Monday, Oct. 16, the Liberty Indians girls soccer team played a home game against TriValley. 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 Maria Diaz, Gabriela Nolan, Olivia Racette, and Jessica Ramirez. After the National Anthem was sung by Mr. Ralph Bressler, the Lady Indians went on to beat TriValley by a score of 5-0. Their record at the time was 10-4-1. The team has qualified for the playoffs and their opponent will be determined at the seeding meeting on Wednesday, October 18.

Below are some pictures from the game courtesy of Ms. Cindy Nolan.

District mourns death of former board member

The Liberty Central School District community was deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Mrs. Cindy Conklin, former Liberty Board of Education member, on Oct. 13.

Mrs. Conklin was a board of education member for the Liberty Central School District for six years. We are grateful for her voice in public education and honor her contributions to the community.

Our condolences go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.

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Voters elect Joyce Teed to fill vacant board seat

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, voters in the Liberty Central School District elected Joyce Teed to fill the vacant seat on the Liberty Central School District Board of Education.

The results were as follows:

Joyce Teed: 176 votes, elected;
Marta Illing: 96 votes, not elected; and
There was also one write in vote, Kurt Zilles, not elected.

Mrs. Teed’s term of office as a board of education member is effective Oct. 11, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
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