Tim Bohlke joins LCSD as Assistant Superintendent

At it’s Aug. 28  meeting, the Liberty Board of Education officially welcomed Mr. Timothy Bohlke to the district family. Mr. Bohlke will fill in as Interim Assistant Superintendent until the end of the 2018-19 school year. Mr. Bohlke joins the district with nearly 20 years of experience in education. He served as the acting elementary school principal for the Mount Vernon Central School District. He also served as assistant principal for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

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Dr. Tornatore outlines three-point plan in publication

Liberty Central School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tornatore and Sullivan West Central School District Superintendent of Schools Stephen Walker were featured in the Sullivan County Democrat’s back-to-school issue. In this digital document, Dr. Tornatore outlines the district’s three-point plan that administrators, teachers and staff will use as guidance over the next several years.

Click here to read the article.

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Bus transportation reminder (alternative drop-off locations)

The elementary school would like to remind parents that if you would like your child to be picked up or dropped off at an address other than his/her home address, please submit a note the to main office indicating:

  • the address where s/he should be dropped off;
  • who will meet them at the bus stop; and 
  • the dates included for this request (this week, until further notice, etc.)

For security and safety reasons, these requests must be in writing.

Please take note of misprint on calendar

After the district calendars were sent to print in July, we spotted an error. On page 11, we mistakenly say that Monday, Jan. 14 is closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. That date should be Monday, Jan. 21.

We’ll send reminders out as that date comes closer, but we hope that students, parents and staff take note of this misprint now by drawing an arrow to the correct week.

 

Smart Schools Investment presentation will be Sept. 25

The district will hold its Smart Schools Investment Plan Public Presentation during the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 25, 2018.

The public has 30 days following the presentation to submit comments and/or questions to the district regarding these investment plans. Please direct all comments and questions to the district’s technology director Paul Caputo at PCaputo@libertyk12.org.

What is the Smart Schools Investment Plan?

The Liberty Central School District’s Smart Schools Investment Plans were produced in accordance with the New York State Smart Schools Bond Act, approved by voters in November 2014. The $2 billion bond act is intended to provide school districts with funding for new educational technology and infrastructure improvements to enhance learning opportunities for all students across the state.

To receive funding, the Liberty School District is required to:
• draft a Smart Schools Improvement Plan linked to a long-range educational technology plan;
• involve the community in its planning; and
• have the Smart Schools plan approved by the New York State Education Department as part of a detailed review process.

School districts can also choose to use Smart Schools funding to install high-tech security upgrades, to expand pre-kindergarten programs by building additional classroom space or to replace temporary classrooms with permanent instructional space.

The district’s Smart Schools funding is capped at $2,002,780.

View the district’s Smart Schools Plans

  • School Security Investment Plan
  • Wireless and Infrastructure Investment Plan

Please note: the following documents are in PDF format. If you are having trouble viewing these documents or would like to request a printed copy, please contact the district’s communication specialist, Alyssa Pagano, at apagano@libertyk12.org.

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Please review our visitor procedures

At Liberty, we recognize the value and imp­­ortance of the health, safety and well-being of every student and staff member in the district. To ensure the safety and security of all students, employees, and visitors to our buildings, we have implemented the following district-wide visitor safety procedures. All visitors are asked to adhere to the outlined procedures listed below:

Plan ahead, where possible: If you are planning to visit the school building during the school day, you should call the building office and pre-register for an appointment prior to the date of the visit.

Park in designated areas: Prior to building entry, please ensure that your vehicle is parked in designated visitor spaces. Do not leave vehicles parked or standing in fire lanes, bus lanes, or spaces not designated for parking.

Enter through the main office: Upon arrival at the school building, enter through the designated visitor/main entrance and press the call button.  The greeter will contact the individual that the visitor is requesting to confirm arrival. Once granted access, all visitors will report to the greeter desk/window. For the safety of all students, employees, and visitors, all exterior doors will be locked.

Identify yourself: You will be asked to show your ID card to the camera, state your name, who you are here to visit, and the nature of your visit prior to gaining entrance to the building. If you are requesting to see or remove a student from a school building, you must be an authorized parent or guardian or have authorization from a parent or guardian.

Have your ID ready: Present your valid photo identification to a staff member. All visitors will be asked to verify their identity by showing district staff a form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license or government issued ID card. We will not check you in as a visitor or release a student to your care without your photo ID. Individuals who cannot provide an ID will be accompanied/escorted by a district employee to/from the place in the building the person needs to go and then back to the point where they sign out. They will be accompanied at all times.

Wear your visitor badge at all times: The visitor badge must be displayed and visible at all times during your visit.

Drop off items at the front desk, when applicable: parents and/or guardians should leave items such as a change of clothing or a lunch box at the main office of the child’s school.

Sign out before leaving: At the completion of your visit, you will be required to check back in at the greeter station to return your visitor badge and sign out as a visitor.

Please note that school entrances and numerous locations in our buildings are under video surveillance. Providing a safe and secure learning environment is a priority at Liberty Central School District.  We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions, please reach out to your building principal.

Photo/publicity opt-out form available online

The Liberty Central School District is proud to highlight its students via the district website and social media, printed publications and by sending press releases to local newspapers.

Throughout the year, your child’s name, photograph may be shared to showcase his or her participation in school activities as well as accomplishments in academics, music, athletics, etc.

To that end, the district has an “opt-out” policy for featuring students through these types of public relations efforts. If you do not want your child’s photo shared, please opt-out by filling out the following form:

If we do not receive this form, the district shall assume that we have your permission to publish.

If you have any questions, please contact Public Information Specialist Alyssa Pagano at apagano@libertyk12.org or (845) 292-5400 ext. 2055.

Please note: LMS Open House is Sept. 10

The Liberty Middle School Open House has been rescheduled for September 10. This is an update to what was printed in the district calendar. Please make a note in your calendars.

LHS awarded $1000 from Sullivan Renaissance

The Liberty High School Art Department was recognized for its youth leadership and  awarded $1,000 to put towards project funds for the upcoming school year at the 2018 Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony.

Things every parent should know about ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a federal law that outlines how states can use federal money to support public schools. In September 2017, New York State submitted its plan for the approximately $1.6 billion New York receives annually under ESSA.

This link contains highlights of important elements for parents and families in the plan. We encourage you to visit the New York State Education Department’s ESSA website to learn more about the plan.

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