Free meals for kids starts July 1 in Liberty

To ensure no child is left hungry over the summer, the Liberty Central School District will serve nutritious summer meals to at no cost from July 1 of this year through August 23. Participating sites (listed below) will provide free, nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program.

This is the sixth year that Liberty has offered the program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program, and students do not have to be enrolled in Liberty Central Schools.

Francis A. Hanofee Park
136 Sunset Lake Road

From July 1 to August 16, breakfast and lunch will be served each weekday at Hanofee Park. Breakfast will be served 8:30-9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Liberty Middle School
125 Buckley Street

From July 1 to August 23, the district will also provide breakfast and lunch each weekday at the Liberty Middle School. Breakfast will be served 7:30-9 a.m. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Both sites are considered “restricted open sites,” meaning that children who do not attend the day camps or summer school programs that take place at Hanofee Park or Liberty Middle School are welcome to visit either location for a free meal.

For additional information, please contact the district’s business office at (845) 292-6171.

Sports Roundup (Week of May 19)

Monday, May 20

Baseball

Liberty @ Burke

Liberty forfeited due to lack of players.

Tuesday, May 21

Baseball

Fallsburg @ Liberty Game 1

No information supplied by coach.

Fallsburg @ Liberty Game 2

No information supplied by coach.

Girls Golf

Roscoe 163 Liberty 170
Liberty 170 Fallsburg 171.

Wednesday, May 22

Baseball

Chester @ Liberty

No information supplied by coach.

Thursday, May 23

Boys Spring Track

The Liberty Boys Spring Track team traveled to Middletown to compete in the Section XI Class C Meet. The team placed sixth out of 12 teams

Leading the way for the Indians was Ashton Barrett who placed second in the triple jump and third in long jump. Miguel Campos-Castro was third in the 800 and fifth in the 1600. Rayshawn Reynolds was fifth in high jump. John Nolan was sixth in the 110 hurdles. Jake Lesczynski placed sixth in the 400 hurdles.

Friday,  May 24

Saturday, May 25

Sports Roundup (Week of May 12)

Monday, May 13

Tuesday, May 14

Softball

Although there was  a steady, light rain throughout the night, and the temperature continue to drop, second place (OCIAA Div. 4) Liberty traveled to “The Rock” to play a home/away doubleheader with first place Chester. Game 1 with Chester as the home team started at 6. Game 2 with Liberty as the home team followed and we finished around 10:30 PM.

Game 1: Chester 17, Liberty 8

Chester had a strong start, leading 12-2 after three innings as they went on to defeat Liberty 17-8.  Liberty was once again, led by Kelsey Morgans who hit a homerun in the 1st inning to go along with a walk, single, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Gabby Magie had 3 singles, a run scored and 2 RBI while Jerikah Fleischman went 3-4 with a RBI. Liberty’s OCIAA Div. IV record dropped to 5-2 (9-5 overall).

Game 2: Liberty 12, Chester 9

Liberty sent 13 batters to the plate in an 8-run 2nd inning to jump out to 10-1 lead and held on to beat Chester 12-9. Lily Alejandro had two doubles in the second inning to spur the Indian offense. Alejandro finished with 3 hits including  2 doubles, a run scored and 2 RBIs. Kelsey Morgans also had 3 hits including 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Katy Decker went 3-4 with 3 runs scored and a RBI. Liberty improved their record to 6-2 OCIAA Div. IV (10-5 overall).

Baseball

Liberty @ Chester Game 1

No information supplied by coach.

Liberty @ Chester Game 2

No information supplied by coach.

Girls Golf

Roscoe 163 Liberty 170
Liberty 170 Fallsburg 171.

Wednesday, May 15

Boys Spring Track

The Liberty Boys Spring Track team traveled to Jeffersonville to compete in the Donna Deppa Invitational. Although no team scores were recorded, several team members had great results.

Leading the way for the Indians was Ashton Barrett who won the long jump, triple jump and was second in the high jump. Miguel Campos-Castro won the 800. Kymanni Dennis took third in the shot put. Wayne Kratz was second in the 200. Rayshawn Reynolds took third in the high jump and 200. Dustyn Kratz was third in the javelin. Jake Lesczynski placed third in the pole vault.

The sprint medley relay of Miguel Campos, Gabe Desrochers, Rayshawn Reynolds and Wayne Kratz won their event. The 4 by 1 team of Kymanni Dennis, Kevin Raymond, Troy Willis and Lucas Carrion took second place. The 4 by 4 team of Kymanni Dennis, Miguel Campos, Wayne Kratz and Troy Willis took second.

Girls Golf

Liberty SW 149 Liberty 188
Liberty 188 Roscoe  192
Liberty 188 Monticello 198

Boys Tennis

OCIAA League Meet

No information supplied by coach.

Thursday, May 16

Girls Golf

Liberty lost to Port Jervis due to not having enough golfers in the match.
Corrine Hellerer qualified for the sectional tournament and will compete on Monday 5/20 at Apple Greens in Highland.

Baseball

Liberty @ TriValley

No information supplied by coach.

Softball

S. S. Seward 5 Liberty 2

Two days after Liberty’s big victory over Chester, Liberty was no-hit by S.S. Seward’s Kailey Stolowski Thursday afternoon. Katy Decker pitched a great game in the loss giving up just 5 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 7. Areli Vega and Kylie Bachman scored runs for Liberty. With the loss, Liberty’s record drops to 10-6 on the season.

Boys Tennis

OCIAA League Meet

No information supplied by coach.

Friday,  May 17

Boys Tennis

OCIAA League Meet

No information supplied by coach.

Saturday, May 18

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Voters approve 2019-20 budget, elect three board members

On Tuesday, May 21, Liberty Central School District residents approved the district’s $48.4 million budget proposal and elected three members to the Board of Education.

Voters approved:

  • A $48,393,178 budget for 2019-20 that decreases spending by -0.93%, carries a 0% tax levy increase and is below the tax cap: 312 yes, 58 no
  • A no-cost referendum which allows the district to transfer no more than $350,000 from its general fund to its capital fund in order to replace the Liberty Elementary School’s gymnasium floors and mat walls: 302 yes, 63 no
  • Three candidates for three open board of education seats: Matthew DeWitt, Philip Olsen and John Nichols.

Matthew DeWitt, Philip Olsen and John Nichols will begin serving their terms on the Liberty Board of Education on July 1, 2019. In total, four candidates sought election to the three open seats:

  • Marta Illing: 195 yes votes
  • Philip Olsen: 210 yes votes
  • John Nichols: 272 yes votes
  • Matthew DeWitt: 307 yes votes

District officials would like to thank the members of the Liberty community for coming to the polls to cast their vote.

“We want to thank all those who took time to vote today. We’re always so grateful for the community’s support.” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said.

Visit https://www.libertyk12.org/budget/ to learn more about the 2019-20 school budget.

Students interview author via Skype

Liberty Middle School students got the chance to meet author Tui Sutherland via Skype on May 13. Tui is the author of 40+ books for children and teens, ranging in age from sticker books and easy-to-reads to middle-grade and young adult novels. Her latest series, Wings of Fire, is a big epic ten-book dragon fantasy.

LMS provides Warm Feet for Warriors

Teacher stands with sock drive donations

When Wayne Bank’s Liberty Branch Specialist, Kim Murphy volunteered to attend the Liberty Middle School Career Day, students and staff from the school decided to return the favor.

After the Career Day that Wayne Bank attended, they thought we might want to reciprocate and support Wayne Bank’s ‘Warm Feet for Warriors’ sock drive.

The school put flyers around the school; Wayne Bank put flyers in their branches. The socks started coming in, many times in multi-packs. The school counted over one hundred pairs.

The socks will soon sent to Soldiers’ Angels for distribution to current service members and veterans.

Paul Symanski is the Class of 2019 valedictorian

Paul Symasnski is the Class of 2019 valedictorianSullivan County legislators honored local valedictorians at their May 16 meeting, congratulating each on their achievements and expressing excitement and hope about their futures.

Congratulations to Paul Symanski, our Class of 2019 valedictorian.

Draft 2019-20 budget contains modest additions to address student needs

Preliminary plan calls for 0 percent tax levy increase

 

At the board of education meeting on April 9, School Business Official Georgia Gonzalez presented a draft $48,393,178 budget for 2019-20 that continues all current student programs and includes some modest program additions and other investments to meet student needs and improve security.

View the April 9 presentation here.

During her presentation, Ms. Gonzalez estimated a district revenue projection for 2019-20 that would decrease by $455,935 over the prior year. The budget committee is proposing to reduce the budget through decreases in costs related to attrition (retirements) and the use of unappropriated funds (revenue left over from prior year’s budgets.)

The draft proposal includes improvements that represent the district’s goal to increase student outcomes by providing a quality instructional foundation with extra enrichment and support to meet student needs. The proposals below are driven by shifts in enrollment and student needs in the classroom, after school hours and on the athletic fields.

The draft proposal maintains all existing academic programs; creates a third School Resource Officer position and includes funding for four translation devices which would provide real time, two-way translation; an after-school tutoring program at the middle and high school; additional security cameras at the middle and high school; and field maintenance equipment for the soccer, softball and baseball fields. The proposal also establishes start up funds for a future MakerSpace at the high school.

The district will finalize its budget proposal at the end of the month. The Liberty Central School District Board of Education will adopt the proposal on April 23 and district residents will vote on the proposed budget on May 21.

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Board of education approves budget proposal; residents to vote May 21

At its meeting on Tuesday, April 23, the Liberty Board of Education unanimously adopted a $48,393,178 proposed budget for 2019-20 that continues all current student programs and includes additions to increase student support and safety.

On Tuesday, May 21, residents will head to the polls to vote on a $48.4 million proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year. This proposed budget presents a decrease in spending of -$455,935 (or -0.93 percent) over the current year’s budget. If approved, it would result in a 0 percent tax levy increase in the coming year.

ALSO ON THE BALLOT

  • A no-cost referendum to transfer funds: Residents will vote on a no-cost referendum that would allow the district to transfer no more than $350,000 from its general fund to its capital fund. If approved, these funds will be used to replace the Liberty Elementary School’s gymnasium floors and mat walls.
  • Three seats on the Liberty Board of Education: Voters will select from among four candidates to fill three seats on the Liberty Board of Education.  Candidates, in order they will appear on the ballot, are as follows: Marta Illing, Philip Olsen, John Nichols, Matthew DeWitt.

Voters will cast ballots on Tuesday, May 21 in the Liberty High School gymnasium. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

“The proposed budget includes improvements that represent the district’s goal to increase student outcomes by providing a quality instructional foundation with extra enrichment and support to meet our students’ needs,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said.

If approved, funding from the 2019-20 school budget would be used to:

  • create a third School Resource Officer position;
  • establish funds for a future high school MakerSpace;
  • purchase four translation devices which would provide real time, two-way translation
  • create an after-school tutoring program at the middle and high school;
  • install additional security cameras at the middle and high school; and
  • purchase field maintenance equipment for the soccer, softball and baseball fields.

The school budget vote will take place on Tuesday, May 21, at Liberty High School from 12-9 p.m.

Printed copies of the budget statement will soon be available in the main office of each school building in the district, the business office and the Liberty Public Library. The annual budget newsletter will be mailed to all residents in early May. In the meantime, residents can learn more about the budget online at this link.

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Three sports and AP classes no sweat for Fleischman

When Jerikah Fleischman arrives at Binghamton University this fall, she’ll be a few credits shy of entering college as a sophomore.

She ranks fifth in her class at Liberty High School with a 98.1 grade-point average despite a demanding, accelerated schedule and is a standout in soccer, indoor track and softball.

Jerikah was recently featured in the Times Herald Record. Read the full story here. 

 

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