Dispose of old medicine safety in Liberty

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Liberty Central School District have partnered to help residents safely dispose of old medicine in your medicine cabinet.

The DEC’s Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program provides the general public a safe and convenient means of disposing of their unwanted medications in an environmentally responsible manner.  By doing so, we’re also taking proactive steps to combat the opioid epidemic that is plaguing many communities across the state.

To provide a free, safe, convenient and environmentally responsible way to dispose of expired and unwanted medications, a collection kiosk is located at the Liberty Police Department, K&K Pharmacy and the Medicine Shoppe.

Liberty Police Department
159 North Main Street
Liberty, NY 12754

K & K Pharmacy 187
Mill Street Liberty, NY 12754
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Sat.)

The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy
1987 State Route 52 Colonial Square
Liberty, NY 12754
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Sat.) 845-292-8200




For additional authorized disposal locations near you, visit https://on.ny.gov/rxdropbox

LHS students receive Academic Block L awards

On Wednesday, May 22, Liberty High School held its annual academic Block L awards assembly. The purpose of the assembly is to acknowledge academic success in allsubjects at all grade levels in the high school. The list below shows the students who received awards in various categories:

Mr. Timothy Hamblin – Music Awards

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award Steven Leal
National School Chorus Award Eleisha Graves, Cascio Fonseca
Director’s Award for Chorus Tracy Torrens
Patrick Gilmore Award for Band Tanner Parks
National School Orchestra Award Katy Decker
Leonard Bernstein Musicianship Awards for Band/Chorus Micheal Perez
Area All-State Mixed Chorus Cascio Fonseca

Mr. Justen Mills                    Outstanding Physical Education Student Awards

9th Grade  Katrina Blais, Liam Henry
10th Grade Corrine Hellerer, Zavian Jones
11th Grade Gabriella Magie, Nicholas Connal
12th Grade – Janet Hill Ross, Steven Leal
Adapted PE Natasha Torres, Zavian Jones
Personal Fitness Gabriella Magie, Gregory Stedner Birks
Advanced Personal Fitness  Kassidy DeGroat, Sean McMahon, Jr.

Mr. Brad Molusky            Outstanding Health Students

Emma Dworetsky, Nicholas Conal

Mrs. Kath Johansen         Outstanding Art Students

Photography 1 – Hailee Benson
Photography 2 – Andralyn LaGattuta
Studio Art – Sean Rankin
Advanced Studio – Tiana Helms
Ceramics – Kimberly Brengard
Graphics – Andralyn LaGattuta
Drawing & Painting – Andralyn LaGattuta
Drawing & Painting 2 – Tiana Helms

Mrs. Julie Buck              Outstanding Social Studies Students

Global History & Geography 9 – Logan Keaveney
Global History & Geography 10 – Emily Lutz
US History & Government – Yasiris Hernandez Hernandez
College US History & Government – Sydneigh Fleischman
College Political Science – Paul Symanski
Economics – Sarah Kleinberger
Government – Charlee Henley

Ms. Cindy Nolan                  Outstanding Science Students

Environmental Science – Megan Culton
Living Environment – Sean Rankin
Earth Science – Abigail Kelly
Forensics – Alexandra Riley
Physics of Toys – Taylor Arpino
General Chemistry – Kimberly Brengard
Chemistry – Emily Lutz
Physics – Jarod Hellerer
AP Biology – Benjamin Quackenbush

Mr. Dan Hart                  Outstanding Business Students

Business Computer Applications – Nicholas Connal
Business Math – Samantha Lawler, Rory Magie
Career and Financial Management – Sean McMahon
Fundamentals of Accounting – Michael Cohen
Personal Finance – Nicholas Connal
Entrepreneurship – Leydi Gonzalez Gonzalez
Sports and Entertainment – Erick Ledoux

Mr. Aaron Salvadge                 Outstanding Spanish Students

Spanish Exploratory – Anisha Harripersad
Spanish II – Emily Kim
Spanish III – Emily Lutz
Spanish IV – Nicholas Connal
Spanish V – Sarah Kleinberger

Ms. Elizabeth Fuentes           Outstanding Math Students

Algebra 1 – Michael Pelton
Algebra 1A – Alithea Douet
Algebra 1B – Dylan Parks, Evan Yennie
Geometry – Emily Kim
Algebra 2 – Emily Lutz
Advanced Algebra – Adell Velazquez
Precalculus – Gabriella Fontana
Calculus – Paul Symanski
Math with Financial Application – Nicholas Connal
Statistics – Paul Symanski

Mr. William Fleck            Outstanding English Students

9th Grade – Aneliyah Carrion
9TH Honors – Abigail Kelly
10th Grade – Tessa Nettleton
10th Honors – Kelly Crisostomo
11th Grade – Isis Wright
Composition I – Charlee Henley
Effective Writing – Tianna Ramirez, Gregory Stedner Birks
Cinema – Hailee Benson, Jada Hamilton
Speech – Jelaine Evangelista
Advanced Placement English – Leah Fitzgerald

Mrs. Heather Cheh        Award and Scholarship Opportunities

Elmira College Key Award – Destiny Pearson, Christopher Bayer

Rensselaer Medal Program – Christopher Bayer

Clarkson University Achievement Award – Jarod Hellerer

Clarkson University Leadership Award – Gabriella Fontana

University of Rochester Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award for Humanities – Leah Fitzgerald

University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award –
Jarod Hellerer

Mr. Paul Brown           Award and Scholarship Opportunities

University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award –
Gavin Racette

University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information –
Joseph Call

Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award –
Kassidy DeGroat, Gavn Werring Mendez

Student Sage Award – Leydi Gonzalez Gonzalez, Andralyn LaGattuta

Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement –
Nicole Blais, Ean Blank

Keuka College George H. Ball Community Achievement Award –
Gabriella Fontana, Arianna Nieves, Samantha Lawler,
Nicholas Connal, Lucas Feijo

Mr. Derek Adams             Presentation of Top Ten Students

10. Gregory Stedner Birks
9. Kelsey Morgans
8. Jelaine Evangelista
7. Michael Cohen
6. Katy Decker
5. Asabelle (Jerikah) Fleischman
4. Benjamin Quackenbush
3. Abrielle Milling
2. Sarah Kleinberger
1. Paul Symanski

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


Liberty @ Burke

Liberty forfeited due to lack of players.

Tuesday, May 21


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


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


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).


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.


Liberty @ TriValley

No information supplied by coach.


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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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.

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