School buildings and grounds in the Liberty Central School District will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. All classes will be held remotely.

LHS Alternative Graduation Plan

Dear Class of 2020 and Parents/Guardians:

I hope this letter finds you healthy and reflecting on the remarkable experience that Liberty High School has provided you. As you know, the COVID-19 situation has presented many challenges. The most difficult challenge has been planning a graduation ceremony that offers the best opportunity to highlight each graduate’s accomplishments while keeping everyone safe. The social distancing guidelines issued by New York State have provided the parameters for social gatherings and our Building Leadership team composed of teachers, support staff, parents, students, and administrators along with our Senior Class Advisors have provided the vision and information to complete our plan. We appreciate all of the insight that we have received from our stakeholders and we have chosen a plan that is safe, reliable and focuses on our graduates’ achievements. Our plan will include the following commencement qualities:

● Students will attend a commencement ceremony in their cap and gown on a specified date and time with a limited number of family members which will be video recorded. All of the video footage will be compiled into a Graduation video.

● Students will be recorded walking down the aisle of the David E. Panebaker Auditorium.

● Students will walk across the stage and be presented with their diploma cover.

● Students will have a professional picture taken.

● Traditional elements of the graduation such as Valedictorian and Salutatorian speeches, administrative remarks, and the Senior ballad of the National Anthem will be included.

● The commencement ceremony video will air on our LCSD Youtube channel on June 26, at 7 p.m.

● Students will be provided with a graduation program, a 5×7 professional photo and a USB drive with the fully produced commencement ceremony when their diploma is mailed.

We will release specified dates, times, and instructions to pick up Cap and Gowns soon, as there are still some details we have yet to confirm. Additionally, each family will have their own date and time slot for graduation. We will communicate your assigned date, time, and instructions shortly as they are still being finalized.

The aforementioned information will be forthcoming soon. Thank you for your support and if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Stay safe, and healthy.

All the Best,

Derek Adams, Principal Twitter and Instagram- @LibertyHS_NY

Estimada clase de 2020 y Padres / Tutores:

Espero que esta carta los encuentre saludables y reflexione sobre la notable experiencia que Liberty High School les ha brindado. Como saben, la situación de COVID-19 ha presentado muchos desafíos. El desafío más difícil ha sido planificar una ceremonia de graduación que ofrezca la mejor oportunidad para resaltar los logros de cada graduado mientras mantiene a todos a salvo. Las pautas de distanciamiento social emitidas por el estado de Nueva York han proporcionado los parámetros para las reuniones sociales y nuestro equipo de Liderazgo del edificio compuesto por maestros, personal de apoyo, padres, estudiantes y administradores junto con nuestros asesores de clase sénior han proporcionado la visión e información para completar nuestro plan. . Apreciamos toda la información que hemos recibido de nuestros grupos de interés y hemos elegido un plan que es seguro, confiable y se centra en los logros de nuestros graduados. Nuestro plan incluirá las siguientes cualidades de inicio:

● Los estudiantes asistirán a una ceremonia de inicio en su toga y birrete en una fecha y hora especificadas con un número limitado de miembros de la familia que se grabarán en video. Todo el material de video se compilará en un video de Graduación.

● Los estudiantes serán grabados caminando por el pasillo del Auditorio David E. Panebaker.

● Los estudiantes cruzarán el escenario y se les presentará su portada de diploma.

● Los estudiantes tendrán una foto profesional tomada.

● Se incluirán elementos tradicionales de la graduación, como discursos de Valedictorian y Salutatorian, comentarios administrativos y la balada Senior del Himno Nacional.

● El video de la ceremonia de graduación se emitirá en nuestro canal de YouTube LCSD el 26 de Junio a las 7 pm.

● Los estudiantes recibirán un programa de graduación, una foto profesional de 5×7 y una unidad USB con la ceremonia de graduación totalmente producida cuando se envíe su diploma por correo.

Pronto publicaremos fechas, horas e instrucciones específicas para recoger Cap and Gowns, ya que todavía hay algunos detalles que aún tenemos que confirmar. Además, cada familia tendrá su propia fecha y horario para la graduación. Comunicaremos su fecha, hora e instrucciones asignadas en breve, ya que aún se están finalizando.

La información antes mencionada llegará pronto. Gracias por su apoyo y si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en comunicarse conmigo.

Mantente seguro y saludable.


Derek Adams, Principal Twitter and Instagram- @LibertyHS_NY

Liberty Music Ultimate Discount Cards on sale now

Liberty Music as again holding its annual fundraiser, the sale of Liberty Music Ultimate Discount Cards, now through June 26.

Liberty and Monticello version of the cards are available. The discount cards are $12 each and entitle the holder to discounts and offers at an array of local retailers.

Follow this link to Ultimate Discount Cards to order.   Once here you can hit Click the “donate now” button and place your order.  Please do not pay online for security reasons.  Once your order is placed you will be contacted to confirm your order and payment information will then be requested.

Cards are also available (cash only) at the following locations:

  • Agway Home and Garden Center
  • Trading Post ( Liberty)
  • Monticello Bagel Bakery

To purchase by check, mail payment to Valerie Waite, 58 Wawanda Avenue, Liberty, NY 12754.  Make checks payable “Liberty Music Department.”

The fundraiser supports the LCSD music department’s events and scholarships.

For more information, contact any member of the music department or email Valerie Waite’s at

Budget Hearing to be held Tuesday, May 26

The Annual Budget Hearing and next Liberty Central School District Board of Education meeting will be held remotely Tuesday, May 26, as follows:

  • 5 p.m.: Anticipated executive session of the Board of Education
  • 7 p.m.: Budget Hearing immediately followed by the a regular Board of Education meeting.

The community can be address the board during the Public Comment section of the agenda.  You can also email District Clerk Tania DeFrank at with your request to be included in Public Comment.

Budget vote is June 9; All voting by absentee ballot

By executive order, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place June 9, 2020, and exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

On June 9, Liberty Central School Districts will cast their ballots on a $50,324,923 budget for the 2020-2021 school year and will elect three members to the School Board.

Learn more about the proposed 2020-21 budget.

Attending the remote Public Hearing 

The budget hearing and BOE meeting may be joined at 7 p.m. via the same Zoom link or by telephone.

To join with Zoom

To join by phone

Dial into the meeting by calling 1-929-436-2866. You will be asked:

  • Meeting ID: 947 8912 6295
  • Password: 613357

The agenda will be available on Board Docs on Monday May 25.

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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.

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.”

Want to Run for the Board of Education? Deadline Extended to May 11

The deadline to declare candidacy for the Liberty Central School District Board of Education has been extended and the process simplified as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

District voters will elect three candidates to the Board of Elections. Typically, candidates must collect signatures on a nominating petition in order to to be on the ballot. This year, though, in an executive order issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot. The order also waives the requirement to collect signatures.

Candidates must still  meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include being qualified voters and having lived in the Liberty Central School District continuously for one year prior to the election.

Residents interested in running for the school board must contact District Clerk Tania DeFrank at or at 845-292-6990.   All self nominations must be received by Mrs. DeFrank prior to the close of business of Monday May 11, 2020.

Candidates will vie for one three three-year terms on the Board of Education effective July 1, 2020 and expiring on June 30, 2023. Those seats are currently held by  Barbara A. Kelly, Robert “Keith” Torrens and Anthony R. Sinacore.

Candidates run at-large, and the three candidates with the highest number of votes will win seats.

NYS DOH looking for contact tracers

From your Local Health Department and the New York State Department of Health

We hope you are keeping healthy and safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. We are reaching out today because you may have seen that the State of New York launched a new ambitious and urgent effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The aim of this initiative will be to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, establish all contacts of this person, and proceed to call and maintain ongoing communication with every contact. In addition, the team will support the isolation and quarantine of individuals, as appropriate in cooperation with the Local Health Department. This includes virtual needs checks and referrals to community resources as needed. This contact tracing initiative is in tandem with statewide-wide efforts to increase testing, improve communication and knowledge of effective strategies to reduce transmission, and implementation of isolation and quarantine. This will fortify efforts to control the pandemic in NYS.

New York State plans to hire a team of 6,400 to 17,000 staff statewide, depending on the projected number of COVID-19 cases, to support the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Local Health Departments (LHDs) to perform contact tracing in communities across NYS. To meet the scale and scope of this nation-leading program, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Vital Strategies: Resolve to Save Lives and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will support building the team through a three-step process: recruitment, interviewing and training.

Our first goal is to help the state identify and recruit a robust Contact Tracing team to be a part of this ambitious and urgent effort. To be considered, candidates must be a New York State resident 18 years of age or older; meet the position description requirement; go through an interview process, and complete a training and certification program.

New York State is looking to immediately fill the following roles:

  • Contact Tracers: reach out to the contacts of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to assess symptoms, ensure compliance with quarantine and determine social support needs.
  • Team Supervisors:  lead a team of 20 Contact Tracers, and one Community Support Specialist who is working remotely using digital tools.
  • Community Support Specialists: work with the team and the local health departments to address the physical/mental health, and social/human service needs of those contacted, especially those who are under isolation or quarantine.

If you or someone you know in New York State is interested in applying to be a part of the Contact Tracing team, click on the link below.

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