Liberty announces 2024 Wall of Fame honorees

The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce its two honorees for the 2024 Wall of Fame:  Maurice Gerry and Kurt F. Scheibe.

Maurice Gerry

Maurice GerryMaurice Gerry, a member of the Class of 1949, embodies a legacy of love for his hometown. Celebrated during his school years with titles such as “Best Dressed,” “Funniest” and “Most Entertaining,” Gerry’s charismatic spirit has endured through the years.

His roots in the community sprouted in a one-room schoolhouse on Ferndale Loomis Road. He recently paid homage to his first teacher, Mrs. Manion, by dedicating a plaque to be displayed on the schoolhouse wall once restored.

After high school, Gerry entered the Navy and later resettled in San Francisco, working with influential figures such as Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Actively involved in Diane Feinstein’s mayoral campaign, Gerry’s efforts to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic earned him the honor of representing Alaska in a Washington, D.C., parade for the cause.

Upon returning to Liberty to care for aging parents, Gerry immersed himself in local politics, the arts and preservation. The visionary behind the Ms. Sullivan County Beauty Pageant, he championed diversity and inclusion, ensuring financial barriers did not hinder participation. Serving as town councilman for two decades, affectionately known as the “Tree Hugger,” Gerry dedicated himself to maintaining Liberty’s beauty and integrity.

At the age of 91, he assumed the role of interim councilman, a testament to his enduring commitment. Gerry actively supports humanitarian efforts locally and internationally, holding seats at O & M Museum, Liberty Arts Museum, Time and Again Museum and the Shandelee Music Festival.

At 93, he remains an inspiration, weaving the threads of community, history and compassion together.

Kurt F. Scheibe

Kurt F. ScheibeScheibe, an esteemed community member and 1962 graduate of Liberty High School, has devoted his life to selfless service. Retired as a Liberty postman for 35 years, his commitment extended beyond mail delivery. Serving as a Little League coach, he sought donations and sponsors, ensuring young athletes had uniforms and a pitching machine.

Collaborating with neighboring town coaches, Scheibe orchestrated a summer of sports, fostering enjoyment and the development of athletic skills and sportsmanship in the players. Among his notable achievements is the transformation of the White Sulphur ballfield from a swampland to what has become an integral part of the White Sulphur Springs Fire Department park.

Scheibe’s volunteer efforts extend to meticulous groundskeeping, not only at White Sulphur but also in assisting other communities such as Grahamsville in developing their sports fields. Transitioning from coaching to officiating, he uses his time and sports knowledge to referee youth games and fundraisers.

Beyond his youth-focused endeavors, he serves as the treasurer for the WSSFD, and is a member of the Liberty Elks Lodge.

His unwavering dedication and multifaceted contributions have left an indelible mark on Liberty and neighboring communities, embodying the true spirit of community service.

The Wall of Fame

The Wall of Fame was established in 2011 by the Board of Education to honor extraordinary alumni. Nominees are judged on exceptional accomplishments and significant contributions within their career, community or personal life. The two honorees will be inducted during the Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame ceremony in June. Planning for the invitation-only event is underway. Former inductees’ information can be found on the district’s Wall of Fame webpage.

Sports schedule, and results, for the weeks of March 22-April 7, 2024

Our athletes will be in action in baseball and softball. 

Here are the schedule and results, if available. Livestream links are included where available.

Friday, March 22

4:30 p.m.:  Varsity Baseball vs. Chester Academy at Chester Academy Chester Academy-Middle/High School

4:30 p.m.: JV Baseball vs.  vs. Chester Academy at Maple Avenue School (Chester)

Saturday, March 23

No events scheduled.

Sunday, March 24

No events scheduled.

Monday, March 25

3:30 p.m.: Varsity Baseball  vs. S.S. Seward Institute at The Rock Sports Park

4 p.m.: Varsity Softball vs. Fallsburg at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School

Tuesday, Feb. 26

No events scheduled

Wednesday, March 27

4:15 p.m.: Varsity Baseball vs. Middletown at Middletown High School Faller Field Complex

Thursday, March 28

Events canceled

Friday, March 29

No events scheduled.

Saturday, March 30

No events scheduled

Sunday, March 31

No events scheduled.

Monday-Sunday, April 1-7

All events canceled

The schedule is subject to change. Check the Liberty schedule on the Section 9 website for the latest. 

A message from the superintendent regarding a trespass incident

Dear Liberty,

We wanted to provide you with an update regarding an incident that occurred at our school grounds at the end of the school day today, March 25.

A community member who is not permitted on school grounds attempted to gain access. However, our staff promptly identified the individual, and the Liberty Police Department responded swiftly. The person was promptly removed from the school grounds. We want to assure you that at no point was there any threat to the safety of our students and staff.

We understand that incidents like these can cause concern, but we want to emphasize that the reasons this individual is not permitted on school grounds do not relate to any safety concerns for our students and staff.

The safety and security of our school community remain our top priority, and we will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure a safe learning environment for everyone.

Dr. Patrick Sullivan

Wizards entertain at Liberty PTA fundraiser

On Monday night, March 18, visitors to Liberty High School gymnasium couldn’t be sure if they were there to attend a basketball game or a party.

But that’s typical when the Harlem Wizards come to town. The basketball team/entertainers returned to Liberty to take on the Redhawks staff as part of a fundraiser for the Liberty PTA.

Students slap hands of staff as they are introduced at the Wizards game and a player watchesBefore a packed gymnasium, the Wiz Kids (children who had Wizards jerseys) were introduced and were able to warm up with the Wizards players. After introductions of the Redhawks and Wizards players, the party … errrr, game … began.

There were plenty of trick shots by the Wizards, and some impressive scoring by the Redhawks, but the score was secondary to the fun. The Master of Ceremonies kept the audience singing and dancing throughout the event, with the third quarter part karaoke, part dance party in the stands, as some of the players switched teams to continue the game. The Wizards interacted with the fans, offering high fives, going into the stands, leading the crowd in dances and more.

The Redhawks staff team members weren’t immune to the Wizards antics, often becoming part of the entertainment.

A Wizards player hands out jerseys to studentsAt the half, students who had courtside player tickets were able to take part in a three-minute basketball game with the Wizards, and the players autographed jerseys and balls, took selfies and spoke to the fans.

Near the end of the fourth quarter a football game broke out, interrupted by Kung Fu moves, dancing and more.

With 10 seconds left on the clock, the clock was stopped and the students in the audience were invited onto the floor for a dance party and counted down the last 10 seconds of the game.

Proceeds from the fundraiser are used by the Liberty PTA for scholarships, assemblies, events and materials for students.

Oh yeah, the Wizards won, 75-64.

More photos are available on LCSD’s social media pages, and a video can be seen here:

Growth and ‘Disruptive Thinking’ themes of LCSD PD day

Friday, March 15, was another day of learning for faculty and staff at Liberty Central School District.

Eric SheringerA day off for students, the Professional Development Day began with breakfast in the high school cafeteria followed by keynote speaker Eric Sheninger, founder and chief executive officer of Aspire Change EDU, in the high school auditorium. The educational consultant has been working with the high school as part of the LHS School Comprehensive Education Plan. Sheninger gave the presentation “Disruptive Thinking in our Classrooms.”

“To change or grow, we must challenge conventional wisdom,” he said.

Often using humor and short videos, he encouraged faculty and administrators to rethink four core items — normal, learning, learners and mindset — in an effort to have transformative change that will improve academic and social outcomes for the students.

A video shows on a screen at the front of an auditorium.“Disruptive thinking is the ability to replace conventional ideas with innovative solutions on authentic problems,” one of his slides read.

Changes have been made throughout the years, but the pandemic forced most schools into the “disruptive thinking” mindset, he said.

Technology was at the forefront of those changes, he said, but not all changes must be technologically based.

Bouncing ideas off of co-workers was also encouraged. He took several “turn-and-learn” breaks, sometimes encouraging staff to  turn to others near them and other times to get up from their seats to find others to discuss a topic.

a person kneels behind a row of seats with others seated in them as the people speak in a group.He emphasized that there are several known practices that help students learn, however there is no standard operating procedure for educators. What works in one classroom may not work in another, or what works for one student may not be the most effective way of learning for a classmate.

“Chase growth, not perfection,” Sheninger said.

He also encouraged teachers to focus on what they can control — primarily how time is used in their classrooms. He also recommended a forward thinking approach of focusing on “What if?” rather than “Yeah, but.”

He used several examples of the impact educators have had on his life.

“Never underestimate or undervalue your impact on kids,” he said.

A man speaks at the back of an auditorium as the audience looks ahead at a screen (not shown)The keynote was followed by Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan, who reviewed the District’s Strategic Plan and Comprehensive Improvement Plan.

Walking around the auditorium as he spoke, he reviewed where the district is in both documents and highlighted benchmark data as well as plans, events and activities that have been implemented in support of the goals of the district and individual schools.

“Growth is happening,” Sullivan said. “We are moving in the right direction.”

He thanked the faculty, staff and administration for working together to meet Liberty’s mission “to empower each student to contribute and thrive in a diverse community by pursuing their potential.”

“Thank you for continuously caring,” he said. “Thank you for always wanting to move forward.”

After a break for lunch, staff and faculty from each school broke out into their own sessions.

The high school again heard from Sheninger, who spoke on adjusting teaching methods to today’s technology.

The middle school took part in a Targeted School Improvement workshop with education consultant Betsy Conners of PLC Associates. The middle school has been designated a Targeted Support and Improvement School, because four student subgroups  — Black, Hispanic, English Language Learners and Economically Disadvantaged — did not meet expectations.

The elementary staff took time in the afternoon to work on their curriculum maps, which help educators align their curriculum with the educational goals of their class.

There were further breakouts for specific staff and faculty roles as well.

LCSD holds regular conference days to offer faculty and staff professional development in support of the district’s five-year strategic plan. The sessions cover all pillars of the plan — curriculum, coherence, culture and MTSS, or Multi-Tier System of Supports.

LCSD budget planning underway

Liberty Central School District school board and administration are working diligently to craft a budget to present to voters on May 21.

This year, the district began the process using a zero-based budgeting model. Rather than using a traditional model of using a set increase over the previous year, zero-based budgeting is like building a budget from scratch, using past data points to highlight needs, mapping out expected revenue from all sources and using the district’s mission, vision, beliefs and goals to help minimize overspending while providing a quality education for the students.

“This type of budgeting helps us prevent compounding mistakes from the past,” Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan said

The first budget presentation to the board took place on Feb. 27, with a follow up on March 12.

The district’s allowable calculated tax levy cap is $18,690,105, an $929,943 increase over the current year levy. Often referenced as a 2% tax cap, the actual calculated limit is rarely 2% and is formulated using several factors, including tax base growth rate, payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements and excludable expenses.  Districts at or below their calculated cap only need a simple majority for passage of the budget. Liberty’s calculated cap allows for 5.24% increase. The actual increase, if any, will be determined as the budget is finalized.

State aid will not be finalized until the state budget is passed, but Liberty is expecting a slight increase of $285,605 in Foundation Aid. With all sources, state aid is expected to increase $1,766,979.

The budget committee, administration and board will continue to work to create a full budget proposal by the end of the month, with the presentation at the April 2 Board of Education meeting and the budget proposal approved by the board on April 16. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center.

The public hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the high school auditorium.

The budget vote will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the h

Food delivery changes, job openings announced

Liberty Central School District recently announced changes to its food delivery policy on its campuses, as well as several job openings in all three buildings.

Food deliveries

As a safety precaution, corporate food delivery services, such as DoorDash, Uber Eats and Slice, will no longer be allowed to any district building starting Monday, March 18, 2024 . Food deliveries from local establishments that offer delivery service will be allowed but orders must be placed by a staff member and cleared through the building’s main office first. Students will not be allowed to place delivery orders to the schools.

Job openings

At the high school, there are two aide positions, a floating substitute as well as business and English teaching positions open. Open positions at the middle school include three part-time lunch monitors, a floating substitute and a front desk greeter. There are two floating substitutes, one part-time aide, a speech and language pathologist and an assistant principal opening at the elementary school. The middle and high school also are hiring for a shared LPN.

More information on these and other positions is available at

Those with questions may email

LES fourth-grade wrestler takes second in statewide event

Liberty Elementary fourth-grader Blake Dennison recently plac3e second in the NY Wrestling Association for Youth State Championships. He trains at Deep Roots Wrestling Club in Walden, three times a week, while excelling in his education and band. On Saturday, March 9, he traveled to Syracuse to compete in the D5 70-pound weight class, which had 30 competitors.

LCSD honors three with Excellence in Service Awards

Three more Liberty Central School District staff members were honored during the March 12 Board of Education meeting.

Recognized with Excellence in Service Awards were high school teacher assistant Quennel Yard, middle school special education teacher Anne Ramos, and elementary school teacher aide Cristina Servellon

Quennel Yard

Two men pose for a photo holding a certificateYard’s cheery and caring attitude were what sets him apart..

“Mr. Yard goes out of his way, every day, to help both teachers, staff and students. He cares about everyone and it shows. Mr. Yard relates to the students like no one else can. He goes out of his way, everyday to do this,” the nomination read. “The day is totally different when he isn’t here and not in a good way. Everyday he greets you with a smile and something nice to say. The world and Liberty is a better place with him here!”

Anne Ramos

A woman holds a certificate flanked by two menRamos was recognized for her work, along with her husband’s, outside of the classroom with Liberty girls soccer and alpine skiing athletes.

“Anne and her husband, Carpio, are a dynamic duo and their dedication to these sports is unmatched,” the nomination read. “They host extra soccer practice for the Liberty girls during the winter to enhance the program without expecting pay. They also have organized a spring travel league for the girls to practice in and have been doing this for years.”

Cristina (Emerita) Servellon

A woman holds a certificate flanked by two menServellon’s willingness to help out where needed earned her the nomination.

“Cristina is always helpful, kind and willing to contact parents for the health office to translate for us. She is always greeting you with a smile,” the nomination read. “She is a lovely human, with a beautiful heart, and her willingness to help, of all places, in the health office just shows that she’s not just coming to work to do her job, but that she’s simply a good person who cares about our students, and those around her!”

Each month, staff members nominate others they believe are going above and beyond, be it a single act of excellence or kindness or a continuous work ethic.

We congratulate these employees on their awards.

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