Booster Club raffle tickets are $5

The Booster Club will hold a “daily numbers” raffle to help raise money for its scholarship fund. Random drawings will take place every day during the month of July; payouts will be mailed to randomly selected 3-digit numbers. The cost for one raffle ticket is $5. If you are interested, please e-mail Carol Flynn at CFlynn@libertyk12.org to purchase your ticket.

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.

Student-designed rain barrels up for auction

Historical records show that collecting rain with rain barrels dates back hundreds and hundreds of years. Thanks to our student-artists at Liberty High School, gorgeous rain barrels are now on display and up for auction.

It’s a simple concept: catch drops of rain with a rain barrel.

But these aren’t just any rain barrels. They’ve been specially decorated by our students and are now being auctioned off to raise money for the school’s Visual Art Scholarships.

The auction will take place online at this website: Rain Barrel Project. This page will be updated as students complete their barrels.

For more information about the auction please contact kjohansen@libertyk12.org.

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.

FAFSA Help Sessions on May 22 and June 18

The SUNY Sullivan Financial Aid Office is offering a FAFSA Help Session on May 22 and June 18 at 6 p.m. in room F017. Students and parents should bring a copy of their 2017 Federal Income Tax Returns and 2017 W2s. Computers will be available so that you can complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA that night. Sign up online by e-mailing finaid@sunysullivan.edu.

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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Recess Monitor

POSITION AVAILABLE: Recess Monitor
HOURS: Part Time Hours
LOCATION: LOCATION: Liberty Elementary School, N. Main St., Liberty
EFFECTIVE DATE: May 2019
PROFESSIONAL: HS Diploma or Equivalent
EXPERIENCE: Preferred
SALARY: $14.40/hr as per current LAMA Agreement

RECRUITING OFFICER: Jacqueline Harris
Email: jharris@libertyk12.org
DUE DATE: May 28, 2019
APPLY VIA: www.libertyk12.org/employment/

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