There will be a special board meeting March 6

There will be a special meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the district office.   The Board anticipates entering into executive session immediately for the purpose of discussing the employment of a particular person.   The board intends to immediately adjourn the meeting at the closure of the executive session.  There will be no regular business and no board action at this meeting.

The next regular Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm in the HS Media Center, opening in regular session at that time.  The agenda will be available on Monday March 18, 2019 at Board Docs.

Interact Club is collecting gently used books

Please help the Liberty High School’s Interact Club bring awareness to literacy in the U.S. and encourage our youth to ready by bringing in new or gently used books during the month of March!

There will be drop off boxes in the office of each school building!

The Interact Club will be donating the books to the Literacy Volunteers in Monticello and to their new building in Bethel (they are seeking specifically children’s books!)

Budget season is underway

While much of the local media coverage surrounding school budgets typically appears throughout the months of April and May, the development of the district’s annual spending plan is a year-long process.

December

Budget season progresses with several public information sessions led by the district’s business manager.  Community members are encouraged to share their input and ask questions.

January – February

The governor presents his proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year, including projected figures for school aid.

The board of education, school administrators and business manager will get their first sense of state aid revenues.

The district’s budget development will continue; potential changes and reductions will be discussed and taken into consideration.

March

Throughout the month, district residents and members of the Board are encouraged to review, ask questions, and voice opinions about the proposed budget.

You should know

  • The Liberty Board of Education will meet on March 5, March 19, April 9, April 11, April 23, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s media center.

April

After months of budget work with district staff and community members, the board of education will come to an agreement for the proposed spending plan.

You should know

  • Copies of the adopted budget will be made available for the public and can be obtained after April 25 in each school building’s main office as well as the Liberty Public Library.
  • Absentee ballots will be available beginning mid-April and throughout the month of May.

May

District residents will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 21.

You should know

  • The district’s budget newsletter will be sent to residents on or around May 14.

June

If the budget is defeated, the board of education may put up the same or a modified budget for a revote or adopt a contingency budget, which allows no increase in the tax levy and restricts certain expenditures. The same rules regarding the district’s tax levy limit apply for a revote.

You should know

  • A revote, if needed, is held the third Tuesday in June.
  • If the budget is defeated, the board of education must adopt a contingency budget.

Public library budget hearing will be March 26

On Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. the Board of Trustees of the Liberty Public Library will hold a hearing on the proposed budget for 2019-2020, in order to give voters an opportunity to comment on the budget.  Copies of the proposed budget will be available after 1 p.m.  on Friday, March 22. Acceptance of the proposal is on the agenda of the regular March Board meeting to be held immediately following the public hearing. The budget hearing will be held at the temporary library located in the Liberty Professional Plaza, 111 Sullivan Ave, Suites 1-3, Ferndale, NY 12734.

The budget vote and election of a trustee will take place on Tuesday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  at the temporary library. Any resident of the Liberty Central School District who is currently registered to vote in the school elections, or who has voted in any of the last four school or general elections, is already registered to vote in the Library election.

Only residents new to the Liberty Central School District, who would like to vote in the Library election, need to register at the Liberty Central School Business Office at 115 Buckley Street, during office hours up to and including March 22.

Fourth-graders experience SUNY New Paltz

Elementary school is not too early to introduce the idea of college!

Fourth-graders from the elementary school MakerSpace Club got the college-student treatment on Feb. 26 when they visited the SUNY New Paltz campus for some lessons in STEM and a little fun at the planetarium.

Students had a great time catching a glimpse of the college experience. Don’t take it from us, listen to what they had to say about it….

Sullivan Renaissance internships available

Each year, Sullivan Renaissance hires several part-time seasonal student interns to work with community volunteers on various projects. These paid internships are an excellent opportunity for students to boost their resume and their community.

Contact ascandariato@sullivanrenaissance.org  for more information. Visit the link below to fill out an application.

Internship Application

LES/LMS Art Show will be March 8-April 7

The LES/LMS Art Show will be held at the Sullivan County Historical Society Museum in Hurleyville March 8-April 7.

The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Match 8 from 4-6:30 p.m.

We invite everyone to view the wonderful artwork from our component school districts and BOCES, create crafts at our children’s art table, and listen to live music performance from Sullivan County artists.

Students CATCH an active lifestyle with Bee Moser

The district would like to extend its thanks to nutritionist Bee Moser of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Eat Smart New York for her work through the Catch Kids program.

The Catch Kids program is a new after school program for students who attend the Boys and Girls Club. Catch Kids that focuses on physical activity and healthy eating. Currently, elementary school members meet on Tuesdays and middle school members meet on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

“The CATCH after school program curriculum is an interactive way to get kids moving while giving them the ability to identify healthy foods. We focus on having fun,” Ms. Moser said.  “[The students] play games while learning about the importance of exercise and healthy food.”

The goal of the program, she said, is to create behavior changes.

“It is beautiful to see how much kids are into learning about healthy lifestyles. It is heartwarming to me when I come back each week and have kids lining in up to tell me what healthy thing they’ve begun to incorporate in their life, from a healthy fruit or vegetable to a little bit of extra walking or playing,” she said.

A guide to temperature related school closings

When very cold weather strikes, the district receives many questions from families and staff asking whether school will be delayed or closed due to cold temperatures or wind chill alone.

Under certain conditions, the superintendent  may determine that school should be delayed or closed for the safety of the district’s students and staff.

Weather conditions across the district can vary greatly due changes in elevation. The temperature, wind chill factor and the the safety of children who walk to school are also considered.

We rely on guidance from the National Weather Service to make our
decisions.  Their guidelines into account the amount of time it takes for exposed skin to develop frostbite based on the wind chill and temperature.

When temperatures do not warrant closing, families can help their
children prepare for the weather by dressing them warmly, in
layers, with a hat, scarf, gloves and appropriate footwear.

During colder months, the district makes some adjustments in
response to the weather to ensure students and staff are safe and
as comfortable as possible:

  • Rolling V, our transportation provider, begins preparing district buses as early as 4 a.m. to make sure the engines start and heaters work so that students have as warm a ride to school as possible. Drivers are careful to arrive at bus stops as close to “on time” as possible;
  •  Custodial and maintenance staff ensures temperatures inside classrooms are comfortable and are on standby to respond to any facilities issues that may arise; and
  • Recess and all physical education activities are held indoors.

Instructional time is valuable for all of our students to be able to achieve at the highest levels. We hope that this information is helpful for our students, families and staff to know more about our decision-making process and the steps we can all take to continue our teaching and learning even when it’s very cold out.

Construction continues at athletic fields

Construction at the high school athletic field

While most of us dread the frigid temps, Facilities Director Albert DeMarmels is feeling thankful for the recent cold snap. The previously soggy ground is now dry and firm, which means the athletic field work is moving full speed ahead.

Construction at Liberty High School continues as part of the district’s field improvement project, approved by district voters last fall that will replace two drain lines and add perimeter draining around the school’s baseball, soccer and softball fields.

To date, drain lines and catch basins have been installed and the new soiled has been tested for sufficient compaction. The perimeter draining is approximately 75 percent complete.

Mr. DeMarmels is hopeful that the field will be open in time for our spring athletes to play a few games on their home field.

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