There will be an LPA musical planning meeting on June 25

The Liberty Performing Arts (LPA) group has already begun planning next year’s musical and play. While the details are not entirely fleshed out, we do know that the musical will take place in the fall and the play will take place in the spring.

LPA would like to invite any interested students, parents and staff to attend an informational meeting on June 25 from 12-2 p.m. in the middle school’s vocal music room. This brief meeting will announce the musical, discuss rehearsal details and mandatory dates and will introduce the musical’s new co-director.

The musical will be open to students in grades 7-12. Students in grades 7-8 must be in chorus in order to audition. 

If you have any other questions or would like to RSVP for this meeting please contact Emily McConnell at, or (845) 292-5400 ext. 5120.

Here’s what you need to know about the Class of 2019 commencement ceremony

The Class of 2019 will turn their tassels on Friday, June 28. The commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Liberty High School gymnasium.

The doors to the Liberty High School gymnasium will open at 5 p.m. In order to alleviate crowding and parking issues, we ask that you please arrive early as the ceremony will start promptly at 7 p.m.

Seniors will meet at 6 p.m. for their final fittings and line up.

In anticipation of the excitement among the crowds, as usual, our School Resource Officers will be present.

Can’t make this year’s graduation ceremony on Friday, June 28? Watch it live online!

Complete live coverage of Liberty High School’s Class of 2019 commencement ceremony will be broadcast via YouTube, barring any technical difficulties at approximately 7 p.m.

To access the district’s YouTube channel, please click here.

Please review our safety procedures

In light of the recent threat to our high school on June 19, we are writing to assure you that the safety of your children and our staff and employees is our number one priority and something that we work at constantly. While we cannot detail all aspects of our security plans, we’d like to remind you about what is in place and provide you with some information about our ongoing efforts.

Training and Protocols

We review security protocols with staff throughout the year and, as you know, practice response drills to a variety of different situations with our students. We have comprehensive building- and district-level safety plans and an active district safety committee. This committee includes district administrators, police and fire officials, operational staff and teachers.

We utilize the intercom or “buzz in” procedures in our buildings, and continue to review where, and when, building access should be more restricted. Our staff and faculty wear their ID badges at all times. As part of our ongoing work, we will be identifying additional actions (such as extra security cameras) that can enhance our emergency preparedness. As you may be aware, our 2019-20 school budget includes funding to upgrade our security system.

Strong Relationship with Police

We have a strong working relationship with the Village of Liberty Police Department and do not hesitate to call law enforcement to our schools as needed. Police are regularly in our buildings for specific issues and events and we regularly seek law enforcement guidance in how we can be proactive and provide staff with the most up-to-date training. Our School Resource Officers patrol each of our school buildings regularly.

If You See Something, Say Something

It is also important to emphasize that our students and families are a critical part of keeping our schools safe. We encourage students to talk to an adult at school whenever they have a concern or notice something that does not seem right, and we ask all of you to do the same.

We cannot say or underscore enough, the safety of our students is a top priority to the district.  If you have any questions today, or in the future about safety practices in our schools, please do not hesitate to reach out to the district office or your child’s building principal.

District, police officials respond to anonymous threat

On Wednesday, June 19 at approximately 5:10 p.m., students and staff inside Liberty High School were evacuated in response to a bomb threat note that was anonymously reported to the Village of Liberty Police Department.

Students and staff were moved to the middle school while village police officers and state police canine units searched the building. Officers determined there was no threat inside the school at that time and allowed students and staff to resume normal activity by 5:50 p.m.

The Village of Liberty and New York State Police departments are continuing an active criminal investigation into this situation. School officials are working closely with the police. As a precaution, the police department will periodically search our school buildings and will increase its presence at upcoming school events.

Given that this investigation is ongoing, we are not in a position to share more at this time, even as we recognize our school community’s desire for more information.

Making a threat against a school is a serious offense that has significant consequences.

It’s important to point out that when conduct in our schools rises to a criminal level, it is subject to both the district’s Code of Conduct and the criminal justice system.

We join our community in its frustration about the disruption and fear that threats cause in our schools and our neighboring districts. There is nothing that we take more seriously than the safety of our students and staff.

We will be reminding students of our commitment to their safety and the serious consequences that can result from making threats against a school. We ask you to help reinforce this message at home.

Class of 2019 inspires younger students during nostalgic Senior Walk

On June 17, the members of the Class of 2019 – dressed in their red and white graduation gowns – returned to their elementary and middle schools for the district’s annual Senior Walk. The nostalgic procession took place at all three Liberty school buildings, as well as the district office.

The seniors were welcomed back with great enthusiasm by their former school principals, faculty, and administrators—happy and excited to revisit the classrooms and hallways of their childhood. As the graduating seniors walked the schools they were cheered by students waving colorful signs emblazoned with well wishes and congratulations. Many young students held out their small hands, hoping for a senior high-five. Each school prepared something special—message boards, pictures and small diplomas.

Watch the video below for highlights.

Learn more about the non-medical exemption from school vaccination requirements

Sullivan County Public Health Department released the following statement on June 14:

On June 13,  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis.

As a result of non-medical vaccination exemptions, many communities across New York have unacceptably low rates of vaccination, and those unvaccinated children can often attend school where they may spread the disease to other unvaccinated students, some of whom cannot receive vaccines due to medical conditions. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak.

What did the new law do?

As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend either:

  • public, private or parochial school, or;
  • child day care settings.

For those children who had a religious exemption to vaccination, what are the deadlines for being vaccinated?

Children who are attending child day care or public, private or parochial school, and who had a religious exemption to required immunizations, must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019 to attend or remain in school or child day care. Also, by July 14, 2019, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses. The deadlines for follow-up doses depend on the vaccine.

The New York State Department of Health follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices catch-up immunization schedule and expects children to receive required doses consistent with Table 2 at the following link in order to continue to attend school or child day care:

What is the deadline for first dose vaccinations if my child is not attending school until September?

Parents and guardians of all children who do not have their required immunizations are encouraged to have them receive the first dose as soon as possible. The deadline for obtaining first dose vaccinations for
children attending school in the fall is 14 days from the first day of school.

Within 30 days of the first day of school, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses.

Additional information will be forthcoming.

Student entrepreneurs enjoy Market Economy Day at LES

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a market economy?
What skills are needed to be an entrepreneur?
How can I balance creating a quality product while making a profit?

These are the questions our young entrepreneurs at Liberty Elementary School asked themselves leading up to their Market Economy Day on June 14

Market Economy Day is a third grade tradition that seeks to increase the financial literacy of the next generation of future entrepreneurs. By using a school store as a means to teach challenging subjects like finance, business and investing, teachers seek to train a new group of future business owners and creative thinkers.

In this unique form of instruction, students frequently encounter situations that provide the opportunity to relate economic terms and concepts to real classroom situations. The instruction leading up to Market Day focuses on the basics of economics, entrepreneurship customer service and money management.

NYS Certified Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director

POSITION AVAILABLE: NYS Certified Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director
(Director of Interscholastic Athletics and Director of Health/Physical Education K-12)
HOURS: Full Time Hours, Tenure Track Position
LOCATION: Liberty High School, Buckley St., Liberty
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2019
PROFESSIONAL: NYS Certified Physical Education Teacher, additional certifications preferred
EXPERIENCE: High School – Teaching and Coaching experience preferred
SALARY: Based on experience and the current LFA Agreement

DUE DATE: June 26, 2019

JOB DESCRIPTION Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director

Job Goal: To provide substantial and effective leadership in developing, achieving, and maintaining comprehensive interscholastic athletic and district Physical Education & Health programs.

1.  Administrative Certification (preferred);  NYS Physical Education Teaching Certification;  Coaching Certification;
2. Minimum of three (3) years of coaching experience (preferred);
3.  Standard CPR and First Aid Certifications;
4. Demonstrated effective experience in working collaboratively with  administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents;
5. Demonstrated effective experience in planning, communication, budget, and public relations.

General Responsibilities:
1. Comply with New York State policies and the regulations associated with New York State Public High School Athletic Association, and with School Board Policy relating to athletics.
2. Promote good sportsmanship as a priority of the athletic program.
3. Recommend policies for control of athletic contests, provide a program for educating spectators, and coordinate chaperones and other supervision.
4. Schedule athletic contests and make arrangements for officials, field crews, transportation, supervision (crowd control), and medical services for the interscholastic athletic program.
5. Meet with all school principals on a regular basis to discuss the athletic and intramural programs.
6. Represent the school district at conferences, meetings, and athletic councils at the local, regional, state or national level, subject to approval of the principal and superintendent of schools.
7. Plan policies and procedures for emergency care, such as victims of accident, injury or sudden illness.
8. Supervise interscholastic awards.
9. Organize and direct tournaments.
10. Prepare written reports for administrators within the district and the State Education Department regarding athletics, Physical Education & Health.
11. Perform various assignments as required by the high school, middle school, and elementary school principals.
12. Organize and plan opportunities for professional development of Physical Education & Health staff.
13. Supervise and develop a plan for reviewing and updating curriculum maps for Physical Education & Health.
14. Implement an Adaptive Physical Education program.
15. Plan and organize conference day activities or meetings that pertain to Physical Education & Health (i.e., department meetings, visitations, etc.).
16. Supervise and organize any Physical Education, Health or athletic grants, as well as seeking them out for the district.
17. Ensure that the district is following State Physical Education & Health Standards and Objectives.
18. Develop and implement a strategic plan to accomplish the job goal.
19. Study needs and make recommendations to the elementary school, middle school or high school principal for construction, modification, and/or alteration of indoor and outdoor facilities related to athletics and Physical Education & Health.
20. Arrange and/or conduct periodic inspection of facilities and equipment and recommend necessary maintenance and repairs, particularly related to students’ health and safety, to the head custodian or grounds supervisor.
21. Schedule, assign and regulate the equitable use of indoor and outdoor facilities for educational and recreational purposes by school groups.
22. Work with the grounds supervisor on preparing and maintenance of all practice and game fields.

Equipment & Supplies:
23. Ensure that all student participants have the equipment required to practice and compete safely.
24. Organize and supervise the management of instructional and athletic equipment, materials, and supplies (includes the selection, purchase, identification, storage, inventory, maintenance, and equitable distribution of supplies) for interscholastic and modified athletic teams.
25. Prepare long-term plans for purchase of equipment and supplies.
26. Devise procedures for providing, controlling, and maintaining athletic uniforms.

Business Management:
27. Supervise the collection, custody, and deposit of money collected as ticket, sales, gate receipts, and special projects.
28. Develop a budget including provisions for new and replacement equipment, supplies, maintenance, and personnel services.
29. Provide for the allocation of funds in accordance with budgetary appropriations, accounting and reporting procedures.
30. Initiate, approve, or authorize all athletic requisitions, examine and approve bills for payment for equipment, supplies, materials, and services and consult with the principals on the purchase of Physical Education & Health equipment.

Supervision & Training:
31. Coordinate with nurses and building principals for the scheduling of medical examinations for candidates of athletic teams and establish follow-up procedures to secure correction of defects.
32. Assist with records of all athletes checked to determine provision for insurance coverage and required physical examinations, and eligibility for athletic competition.
33. Organize and/or advise student groups related to athletics.
34. Recruit and recommend coaches and intramural staff for appointment, subject to the agreement of the building principal. Assist the building principals in reaching closure of the final selection of regular classroom teachers as their appointment relates to a vacant intramural or coaching position and assist all principals on the appointment of Physical Education & Health staff.
35. Assure that coaches meet New York State coaching certification requirements.
36. Help prepare and coordinate schedules of coaches for all phases of the athletic program.
37. Disseminate information and stimulate interest pertaining to seminars, workshops, extensions courses, conferences, clinics, and research at the local, state, district, and national level.

Public Relations:
38. Act as liaison or moderator to any Booster Club or parent support group and recommend and supervise the faculty advisor to the Varsity Club.
39. Develop and supervise a system of news releases to area media relating to schedules and the achievements of teams, players, and coaches.
40. Develop, maintain, and coordinate effective relationships and high morale relating to the athletic program among teachers, students, coaches, parents, community and state organizations.

School Year Responsibilities:
41. For the school year, the appointed teacher shall serve as the District’s Athletic Director (AD) and Director of Health/PE, and shall carry out all responsibilities associated with that position.
a. As part of these responsibilities, the AD shall serve as recruiting officer for all interscholastic coaching and supervisory positions, arrange for all such positions to be properly posted, and shall make recommendations to the Middle School and High School Principal for appointments to fill those positions by the Board of Education.

42. During that time, the AD will be relieved of 2 daily teaching periods (.04 FTE) and shall be paid a stipend in accordance with the LFA contract for all hours worked as Athletic Director.
43. The AD shall also serve as Director of Health/PE K-12 and shall carry out all responsibilities associated with that position, including but not limited to attending department chair meetings, and shall be paid the stipend in accordance with the LFA contract.

Summer Responsibilities:
44. During the summer months (July and August), the AD shall continue to serve as the District’s Athletic Director and shall continue to carry out all responsibilities associated with that position.
45. During that time, the AD shall submit a weekly record of his/her actual hours worked and shall be paid at the LFA contract rate for summer curriculum work. Total compensation for July and August shall not
exceed $3700, without the prior written approval of the Superintendent of Schools.

Immediate Supervisor: Assistant Superintendent of Schools

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Sullivan County students bond over shared experience at Bethel Woods’ Music in Common

Three Liberty students took part in the Music In Common program hosted by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts during spring break and we’re bursting to share their achievements!

Anthony Philippe, Maria Rakin and Patricia Scarlett joined forces with ten other students from Livingston Manor, Monticello and Roscoe to create content for a zine, produce and edit films, write and perform songs.

Access their final products here:


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