Board appoints Dr. Tornatore as Superintendent

The Liberty Central School District Board of Education is pleased to announce Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore as the next Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2018.

Dr. Tornatore was appointed at the Liberty Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

During its Feb. 13 board meeting, Liberty Board of Education President John Nichols announced the district’s plans to appoint Dr. Tornatore and read the following statement:

“Earlier this school year, Liberty Central School District staff, students and community members shared at open forums and through an online survey the leadership characteristics they would like to see in our next superintendent.

The board of education used that feedback to develop a leadership profile for the next superintendent. You asked for an instructional leader, an effective communicator and a good manager with a clear vision for the district.

The consultants from the Western New York Educational Service Council assisted us with the search. Together we realized that the candidate who holds those characteristics is already here and has already established a working relationship with our district’s constituents and a love for Liberty.”

In the four months since Dr. Tornatore joined the district’s administrative team, no grass has grown beneath his feet. He immersed himself in all things Liberty by: meeting weekly with Interim Superintendent Carol Napolitano; visiting all three schools for one-on-one discussions with students, administrators and department chairs; and making plans to observe every single classroom.

After he officially takes the lead as Superintendent of Schools on July 1, Dr. Tornatore said his number one goal will be continuing to get to know the district and the community by listening to all perspectives and gathering information. At the same time, he’ll be working to smoothly take the baton from Ms. Napolitano, who this year prioritized improvements in the areas of curriculum development and alignment, data-driven instruction, professional development and more.

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