SCSBA honors “grandma,’’ long-time teacher

The Sullivan County School Boards Association will honor Liberty’s “Grandma” Alice Edwards and elementary teacher Kim Heinle as recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Friend to Education Award and Outstanding Educator Award, respectively. Both were nominated for the awards by the Liberty Central School District Board of Education.

Alice Edwards has been classroom grandma to roughly 20 Liberty kindergartners every day of every school year for the past 34 years, beginning in 1986 when her great-granddaughter Tanya began school at Liberty Elementary. She has returned to the kindergarten classroom every September since, and in August will celebrate her 100th birthday.

“Grandma Alice comes in every day full of energy and love, happy to pitch in and help any way she can. You will always find her full of smiles surrounded by happy kids because of the comfort she provides to them,” said Liberty Board of Education Trustee Karen Hook. “She is the true definition of what it means to be dedicated and committed to educating our children.” 

Kim Heinle, the district’s candidate for the Outstanding Educator Award, has taught in Liberty schools for 20  years and every grade from kindergarten through Grade 6. She has spent the last several years working with challenged readers as an interventionist.

“Kim Heinle embodies the terms ‘Liberty Pride’ and ‘A Great Place to Learn’ through her dedication to student success, collaboration, data driven instruction and her flexibility and focus throughout change,” said Liberty Middle School Principal Heather Cheh. “She is a flexible, caring and nurturing teacher with high expectations for her students. She is always willing to extend her knowledge and expertise to both students and colleagues.”

The awards will be presented at the Sullivan County School Boards Association’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Sept. 30 at The Sullivan Event Center, Rock Hill.

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Outdoor athletic facilities re-open for limited use

The Liberty High School and Liberty Middle School’s grounds and athletic fields have been re-opened for limited use to students and the community.

Please remember that social distancing protocols remain in place, and masks must be worn if social distancing cannot be practiced. District residents are welcome to use the grounds during daylight hours. The grounds will close at dusk (approximately 8:40 p.m.)

The High School basketball court and the Elementary School playground, however, remain closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Liberty among “Best Communities for Music Education”

We are pleased to announce that the Liberty Central School District has been recognized by the National Association for Music Merchants as one of the  the “Best Communities for Music Education!”

In cooperation with researchers at The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, the Best Communities for Music Education program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly-qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction. 

“I want to thank our community, Board of Education, administration, faculty and superintendent for upholding our department mission that every child deserves a well rounded education,” said Timothy Hamblin, Liberty’s Director of Music.  “A successful program is not built overnight and we share this honor with all of those music teachers, administrators, board members, parents and community leaders from the past who understood the importance of music education.”

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NYS Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his May 1 press briefing that New York schools will remain closed through the end of the school year to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Our teachers have been in contact with students and their families to provide instructional materials and will continue to do so throughout this extended closure in accordance with the district’s plan for continuing instruction. The district’s food service department will continue to provide student meals.

Childcare is available for those parents and guardians who are considered essential workers during this closure.

We appreciate families’ patience and flexibility during this time. We know this is a challenging time for everyone. The district will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

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