From the Superintendent | An update about the 2021-22 school year

Dear Liberty families:

As we reach the halfway point of summer, I realize that many of you are wondering what the new school year will look like. 

The Liberty Central School District is planning for a full return to school in September. However, we continue to wait for guidance from the NYS Department of Health regarding the protocols we must follow, such as mask wearing, health screening and social distancing. This information is critical to our planning. 

The NYS Department of Education assures us that this guidance, which will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, is in development. Once we receive this guidance we will be able to formulate a detailed, realistic plan for the 2021-22 school year. I am hopeful that the guidance will be released soon, and, as always, I will keep you updated and informed.

Health and education experts agree that students learn best in school with their teachers and peers, and the common goal is to bring students back into classrooms for in-person learning. Everyone’s health and safety will be at the core of our decisions as we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19, its variants, and evolving information about how to prevent its transmission.

In the coming weeks you’ll receive information specific to your students’ individual building and the new school year. Your input is important to me, so please email your questions and concerns to Questions@LibertyK12.org.

As we wait for guidance I thank you for your patience, and I look forward to safely welcoming everyone back to Liberty schools in September.

Sincerely,

Dr. Patrick Sullivan
Superintendent

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BOE names Lynnette Brunger asst. superintendent

The Liberty Central School Board of Education has appointed Lynnette Brunger as the district’s new assistant superintendent.

Ms. Brunger was named to the post at a special meeting of the board, held July 26. An educator with 25 years experience as a teacher, assistant principal and principal, she comes to Liberty from the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, where she is a middle school principal.

Her first day in Liberty is Aug. 23.

What families need to know about the Advance Child Tax Credit

The Advance Child Tax Credit, part of the American Rescue Plan, provides the largest Child Tax Credit to most working families. If you have filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020 or signed up with the Non-Filer tool last year to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will automatically get the monthly Child Tax Credit.

Starting July 15, montly payments will automatically be made of $250 per child between 6-17 years old or $300 per child under 6 years old. All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent head of household. Payments will continue until Dec. 31, 2021.

Low-income families with children are eligible, including those who have not made enough money to be required to file taxes and those who have not filed taxes in a while.

If you have not already signed up or have not filed taxes in a while, you can still sign up to get the Child Tax Credit without losing your benefits. You are also eligible to apply for the Recovery Rebate Credit, also known as stimulus payments, as part of this process. These payments do not count as income for any family. (Signing up will not affect your eligibility for other federal benefits like SSI, SNAP, TANF, and WIC.)

If you have at least one qualifying child and earned less than $24,800 as a married couple; $18,650 as a Head of Household, or $12,400 as a single filer, you can use the IRS Non-filer Sign-up Tool to get the Child Tax Credit and receive missing stimulus payments.

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From Dr. Patrick Sullivan | I am honored to be Liberty’s new superintendent

Dear Liberty,

I am honored and excited to serve as the Liberty Central School District’s new superintendent.  Since joining Liberty five years ago,  it has been clear to me that our Board of Education, administration, staff, students, families, and the entire Liberty community are dedicated to providing the highest quality education and best learning experience for our students.

Prior to joining Liberty, I was an assistant principal and teacher with Sullivan County BOCES. I joined Liberty’s administrative team in 2016 as assistant director of student services and in 2018 became Liberty Middle School’s assistant principal. In July 2019, I was appointed assistant superintendent.

In each role I have had the privilege of getting to know many of you, and I look forward to strengthening the District’s relationships, building new ones, and working together. Later this summer, as we prepare for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, I will be asking for your input. I’m conducting two virtual and in-person forums – to be scheduled soon – and I hope you will join me. The ultimate goals of the forums are:

  • Help the Liberty Central School District prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Help me gather information to support our students’ learning opportunities for the next several years. 

I am alway happy to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to email me at PSullivan@LibertyK12.org or call 845-292-6990.

Sincerely,

Dr. Patrick Sullivan
Superintendent of Schools

 

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