Liberty CSD voters approve $68M school budget proposal

On Tuesday, May 21, voters in the Liberty Central School District approved, 987-69, the district’s $68 million budget proposal for the 2024-25 school year.

“We appreciate Liberty Central School District residents’ continued support and recognition of our efforts to give our students the education they need to pursue their potential and thrive in the future,” Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan said. “We are also glad we could do this without increasing the tax levy for the sixth year in a row.”

The $68,034,294 budget funds all current student programs and services, while keeping the tax levy the same as the current year. The budget includes several program expansions that support the district’s five-year strategic plan, including expanding the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) math curriculum to seventh grade, adding Syracuse University Project Advance college credit courses, as well as introducing more computer science and AI-related programs across grades.

The budget also includes the addition of a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)-certified teacher, creating an administrative athletic director position, and converting two part-time teacher aide positions into one full time teacher aid. An update to the middle school library’s innovation lab is also included.

Voters also re-elected three board of education members to three-year terms on the board. Maureen Crescitelli received 605 votes, Peter Racette received 591 and Pamela Teed Fisk, 595. Three write-in candidates, Miriam Singer, Miriam Breuer and Miriam Heimlich, each received more than 400 votes, with several others receiving one vote each.

LHS National Honor Society inducts 28

The 84th annual LHS National Honor Society Inductions welcomed 28 new members on May 15.

1the Liberty Chapter Number 2314 of the National Honor Society was established in 1940 and to date now has 1,520 students from Liberty High School inducted into the chapter.

Students were not only inducted but also given service awards from the Liberty Chamber of Commerce (Dr. Bodolosky) and the Liberty Elks Club (Melissa DeMarmels and Gene Adolf). LHS Class of 2013 graduate, District 1 Legislator, Majority Leader and Chairman of the Planning and Economic Development Committee Matthew McPhillips was the guest speaker and gave the inductees advice.

Members inducted were: Sheyla Anguisaca Llanos, Cristian Argenal, Carmela Burgio, Addison Bury, Genna DeFrank, Giada DeFrank, Eli Desrochers, Allison Diaz Lopez, Joseph DiBartolo, Damaris Garcia, Lia Guillerme, Camila Hernandez, Jacob Kelly, Kaley Klein, Gianna Lewis, Leonel Malaga Venture, Diego Marcia, Genesis Munoz Valladares, Sierra Norris, William Pennell, Brooke Porter, Cassandra Porter, Alexandra Rivera, Joseph Sarney, Justin Simon, Maylluri Vinocunga Llano, Cameryn Will and Isaiah Young.

The NHS Slideshow can be seen here.

Sports schedule, and results, for the week of May 20-26, 2024

Our athletes will be in action in baseball, softball, golf and track and field this week. 

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

Monday, May 20

3:45 p.m.: Boys and Girls Varsity Track and Field, Goshen Freshman Invitational,

4:15 p.m.: JV Softball vs. Eldred at Eldred High School softball field.

Tuesday, May 21

8:30 a.m.: Boys Varsity Golf Sectionals vs. multiple schools at Wiltwyck Golf Club

11 a.m.: Girls Varsity Golf Sectionals vs. multiple schools at Apple Greens Golf Course

4:15 p.m.: Modified Baseball vs. Eldred at Liberty High School.

4:15 p.m.: Modified Softball vs. Eldred at Liberty High School.

Wednesday, May 22

11 a.m.: Girls Varsity Golf Sectionals vs. multiple schools at Apple Greens Golf Course

4 p.m.: Boys and Girls Modified Track and Field Invitational vs. multiple schools at Goshen High School

4:15 p.m.: Modified Baseball vs. Livingston Manor at Livingston Manor High School

4:15 p.m.: Modified Softball vs. Livingston Manor at Livingston Manor High School

4:15 p.m.: JV Softball vs. S.S. Seward Institute at Liberty High School

Thursday, May 23

10 a.m.: Boys Varsity Golf  Sectionals vs. multiple schools at McCann Memorial Golf Course.

Friday, May 24

10 a.m.: Girls and Boys Varsity Track and Field  Sectionals vs. multiple schools at Goshen High School.

Saturday, May 25

No events scheduled

Sunday, May 26

No events scheduled.

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

BB gun discovered, confiscated at LHS

This morning, Liberty High School administration searched a backpack after the report of the odor of marijuana on a student’s backpack in class. During the search, a BB pistol was found in the student’s backpack. In collaboration with the Liberty Police Department, the weapon was immediately confiscated. At no time was a threat of violence made, nor were any students or staff in danger. The district is addressing this situation in accordance with the LCSD Code of Conduct.

A message from the high school principal on end of the year events

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

I hope everyone is enjoying our spring weather! Shared with you below are upcoming important dates and events to conclude our 2023-2024 school year. We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate our students, create memories, and reach milestones. More information will follow regarding specific information for senior based events, Regents exams, Chromebook collection, and Summer School.

  • May 21: School Budget Vote and BOE Elections, HS Media Center, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • May 22: K-12 District Art Show, 4-6 p.m.
  • May 27: Memorial Day Parade feat. the LHS Marching Band, Main Street, Liberty, 10:00 a.m.
  • May 29: Academic Block “L”, David E. Panebaker (LHS) Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
  • May 30: JV and Modified Sports Field Day/BBQ/Awards, 4 p.m.
  • June 4: Algebra I Regents, 8 a.m. (Only students taking the exam attend school)
  • June 6: Athletic Varsity Block “L” Banquet, 6 p.m.
  • June 7: Liberty Music and Community Festival, Lapolt Park, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • June 12: Senior Assembly, David E. Panebaker (LHS) Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
  • June 13: Senior Walk and Senior Class Picture (during the morning of the school day)
  • June 13: LHS Last Day of Classes
  • June 14-26: Regents and Final Exams (See the Regents and Final Exams schedule here)
  • June 20/26: 4th Quarter Marking Period Grades Due, 8 a.m.
  • June 28: Wall of Fame Reception, 5 p.m.
  • June 28: Graduation Rehearsal, 5 p.m., and Graduation, 7 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support. Please contact us with any questions.

All the Best,

Derek Adams

High School Principal

LCSD, LPD investigate statement at LMS; no immediate threat found

On Monday, May 13, a middle school student was reported to have made a threatening statement toward the school while in a class. Liberty administration and LPD investigated and no immediate threat was found.

“The safety of our staff and students is our utmost priority,” Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan said. “We take every report of a potential threat seriously.”

The district is addressing this situation in accordance with the LCSD Code of Conduct.

Third-quarter LHS Stellar Students honored

The Stellar Student Awards were revived by Liberty High School Building Leadership Team to recognize students who for the quarter were referral-free, had no unexcused late entries, and had a 75 or above quarter average with no failures or incompletes. Students celebrated their accomplishments with ice cream parties, compliments of donations from ShopRite of Liberty, on May 6 and 7.

The following students were honored:

12th grade

Jumana Abu Al Ghanam, Alejandra Barquero Lopez, Mia Barragan, Noellia Cruz Cruz, Christopher Garzon, Valle Claudia Herzog, Zoe Kip, Samuel Olivares-Reyes, Rocio Panama, Jacob Ross, Grace Torres, Irvin Valente Guzman, Cristian Vargas Martin, Maylluri Vinocunga Llano, Alexia Viracocha, Winsley Viracocha and Benjamin Visconti.

11th grade

Quinn Allen, Guillermo Arauz Gonzalez, Kaitlyn Bodolosky, Andres Castillo Hernandez, Eugene Davis-Andino, Colin Doeinck, James Fancher, Lianna Gissentaner , Brayan Hernandez Ballen, Camila Hernandez, Nora Liddle, Erick Morales Banegas, Adamaris Navarro-Leon, Sierra Norris, Mason Smith, Austin Werlau and Rita Zheng.

10th grade

Brooke Bull, Carmela Burgio, Addison Bury, Runxian Chen, Jake Cross, Elizabeth Cruz Cruz, Joshua Decker Jr., Allisson Diaz Lopez, Joseph DiBartolo, Faith Fitzgerald, Christopher Flores Osorto, Sydania Foster,Damaris Garcia, Awky Guaillas Quizhpe, Zane Kip, DaShaun Loyce, Arwyn Lucero-Bonilla, Angelina Magie, Leonel Malaga Ventura, Angel Maldonado, Melanie Moreno Velasquez, William Pennell, Brooke Porter, Cassandra Porter, Jose Rivera, Randy Romero-Bello, Ryan Romero-Bello, Tayler Schwartz, Jaidon Simmons, Justin Simon and Elijah Warren.

Ninth grade

Zackary Alvord, Gianino Amendola, Jill Baumander, Kent Clarke, Riley Cox, Liliana Crespo, Alan Cruz, Colin Dole, Dung Duong, LeonJahnae Skye Fountain, Austin Frunzi, Yamilet Garcia Gonzalez, Rahel Garrod, Mayrelis Gonzalez Ramirez, Diana Guallpa, Jhosmery Jadan Pangolo, Audrey Krum,Nester Leon Aldana, Roger Lynker lll, Jeremiah McLeod, Mariely Medina Orellana, Katherine Panama Guaillazaca, Lucio Ponce Vazquez, Riley Santiago, Jordan Smith, Lige Young and Sebastian Yupanqui.

Sports schedule, and results, for the week of May 13-19, 2024

Our athletes will be in action in baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track and field this week. 

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

Monday, May 13

8:30 a.m.: Boys Varsity Golf vs. Multiple Schools  at West Point Golf Course

3:30 p.m.: Girls Golf vs. Livingston Manor/Roscoe  at Roscoe Mountain Club

4:15 p.m.: JV Baseball vs. Middletown  at Presidential Park Elementary School.

4:30 p.m.: Varsity Baseball vs. Red Hook Central at Red Hook Recreation Park

4:30 p.m.: Varsity Softball vs. Eldred at Liberty High School.
Result: Eldred 16, Liberty 4. Eldred blew open a close game by scoring 10 runs in the last two innings as they went on to defeat Liberty 16-4. Both Quinn Allen and Olivia Dworetsky had 2 hits for Liberty. Mya Huebsch added a double. Eldred improved to 6-4 while Liberty fell to 5-11 on the season. Megan Schmidt, Aaliyah Williams, and Angie Wheeler also had hits.

Tuesday, May 14

5:15 p.m.: Varsity Softball vs. Port Jervis at Delaware Valley High School.
Result: Port Jervis 12, Liberty 0. Madison Dobbs struck out 12 of 16 batters as she completed a 5-inning no-hitter leading Port Jervis to a 12-0 victory over Liberty. The Red Raiders broke open a close game with 8 runs in the bottom of the 4th to clinch the OCIAA Division 3 title. Alesandra Rivera was the only Redhawk player to reach base against Dobbs via a walk. Mya Huebsch made many spectacular catches in center field as she recorded five putouts for Liberty. Angie Wheeler was also solid in the circle as she gave up just 1 earned run on three hits over three innings pitched.

Wednesday, May 15

3:30 p.m.: Girls Varsity Golf vs. Multiple Schools at Lynx at Riverbend

Thursday, May 16

Events canceled

Friday, May 17

1 p.m.: Boys and Girls Varsity Track & Field Championship vs. Multiple Schools at  Warwick Valley High School

4:15 p.m.:  Modified Baseball vs. Tri-Valley  at Tri-Valley Central School

5 p.m.: JV Softball vs. S.S. Seward Institute at Liberty High School

Saturday, May 18

9:30 a.m.: Boys and Girls Varsity Track & Field Championship vs. Multiple Schools at  Warwick Valley High School

Sunday, May 19

No events scheduled.

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

LCSD to take part in exhibit at Liberty Museum and Arts Center

A Liberty Central School District administrator, faculty and students will be among the participants in the monthlong “Voices of Survivors: Inspiring Hope, Sanctuary, Compassion and Community” open at the Liberty Museum & Arts Center.

The multiple medium exhibit of paintings, photographs, poetry and prose reflect and humanize the voices of survivors of the Holocaust, according to the organizers of the exhibit.

Artwork and photographs by Liberty students will be featured in the exhibit, Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan will be a speaker, and members of the faculty will offer poetry and music during the event.

The full schedule of events is available here.

The exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, May 17 to June 16, at the center at 46 Main St. in Liberty.

This series was made possible through volunteers, contributions of time and materials, and donations. Funding for this project was made possible in part by a Community Development Grant from Sullivan 180 and local legislative discretionary funds, with funding support for musicians in part by the STEAM Fund.

Emergency Service Youth Academy registration open

Sullivan County Public Safety and the Sullivan County Youth Bureau will host a weeklong Emergency Services Youth Academy this summer. Registration is now open at www.surveymonkey.com/r/8XCJXNX

Students age 14 to 16 are invited to an introduction to the various tools and techniques used in the field. Local police, emergency medical services and fire professionals will lead students in several activities including a tours of the fire training tower and emergency vehicles, JAWS Jenga, CPR and first aid certification, and a team-building search and rescue.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22-26 at the Sullivan County Emergency Services Training Center at 615 Old White Lake Turnpike in Swan Lake.

For more information, call 845-807-0509 or email scesya@sullivanny.us.

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