School buildings and grounds in the Liberty Central School District will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. All classes will be held remotely.

Budget vote tally will be live-streamed beginning 5 p.m. June 9

Absentee ballots cast in the 2020-21 annual budget vote and board of education election will be live-streamed on this website beginning 5 p.m. June 9.
This year’s budget vote is being held entirely by absentee ballot as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. All ballots must be received by 5 p.m. June 9 in order to be counted.
The ballot count is expected to continue until approximately 8 p.m., at which time the Board of Education will convene for a brief meeting. The meeting time is tentative because it cannot be held until all ballots have been opened and tallied. If necessary, updates on the start time will be posted on the district website.
The agenda for the June 9 BOE meeting will be made available on BoardDocs on Monday, June 8.

To attend the BOE meeting via Zoom, visit

  • Meeting ID: 934 7788 6315
  • Password: Liberty

To attend by phone call 1-929-436-2866.

Budget vote ballot count will be live-streamed

Absentee ballots cast in the LCSD annual budget vote and board of education elections will be opened and live-streamed for public viewing via the disrtrict website beginning 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9.

This year’s budget vote is being held exclusively by absentee ballot as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. All ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on June 9 to be counted.

The ballot count is expected to be complete at about 8 p.m. A brief Board of Education meeting will then be held. (This time is tentative as the meeting can not be held until all votes are opened and tallied.)

Updates on the start time of the meeting will be posted on this website if necessary.  The agenda for this meeting will be available Monday, June 8, on BoardDocs.

Join the June 9 Zoom meeting at ttps://

Meeting ID: 934 7788 6315
Password: Liberty

To attend by telephone call 1-929-436-2866.

From the Superintendent: An important message about LHS graduation celebrations

Dear Liberty School Family,

As graduation nears, I join the Class of 2020 and their families in disappointment that COVID-19 interrupted their senior year and caused the cancellation of so many important events. It has not been fair.

Please know that everyone here in the Liberty Central School District has been working hard to make sure that our graduating seniors are celebrated. As soon as it became clear that New York State’s coronavirus safety protocols would make it impossible to hold a traditional June commencement, an LHS Graduation Committee made up of students, teachers, parents and administrators has been at work planning an alternative.

After many hours of meetings and collaboration, Liberty High School Principal Derek Adams  shared the Committee’s proposal for the 2020 Virtual Graduation with me. I approved this event for our seniors. I know it is not the graduation we envisioned, but it was planned with tremendous love for our students.

I do not know what the coming months will bring and if current restrictions on gatherings will be lifted. However, if it becomes possible to safely gather the Class of 2020 and their families, while adhering to the Governor’s orders, we will host an additional live graduation event.

The Virtual Graduation will take place as scheduled and we hope it creates special memories for all our families. Meanwhile, Mr. Adams and the Graduation Committee will begin planning for a live graduation celebration which will take place as soon as we have the opportunity.

I miss our students, and it would be wonderful to see our seniors together again.

With Liberty Pride,

Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore 
Superintendent of Schools

Check out the 2020 Senior Spotlights videos!

How the 2019-2020 school year will end is still in doubt. The entire LCSD has been disrupted by the COVID-19 virus. This is not the way any of us planned to end the year especially the 118 graduating Seniors. To honor these Seniors and to let them have their say, Senior class advisor, Liz Fuentes, has embarked on a mission to interview all 118 Seniors. Click on Senior Spotlights to see these videos.

LHS cap and gown and final graduation plans

Dear Class of 2020 and Parents/Guardians:

Congratulations, you’re in the final weeks of your high school career! I hope this letter finds you well and ready to conclude your high school experience and begin the steps towards accomplishing your aspirations. Shared with you below are the details of Cap and Gown Pick Up and Graduation Recording. In an effort to be concise, the safety precautions, staff placement, and finer planning details have been omitted. However, I can assure you that every safety precaution and required steps are being taken to ensure everyone’s safety while celebrating this momentous occasion.

Cap and Gown Pick Up: Friday, June 5, 5-8 p.m.
● The Senior and family (all cars arriving together if possible) will drive in the bus lane at the LHS entrance.
● The Senior pulls up to the front of the high school, stays in the car, and will be given the following items:
○ Cap and Gown
○ Graduation Recording Appointment Time (10-minute interval) for one of the following days: Saturday, 6/13; Monday, 6/15; or Tuesday, 6/16
● The Senior then slowly drives through the rest of the bus lane and exits school grounds.

Graduation Recording: June 13 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), June 15 (1-8 p.m.), and June 16 (1-8 p.m.)
● Each graduate, wearing their cap and gown with up to 4 family members, arrives a few minutes early for their scheduled appointed time (all cars arriving together) using the LHS main entrance parking.
● Staff will be there to direct traffic and parking. Once directed to enter the school, graduates and family members proceed to the main entrance and enter the door on the right.
● Once in the lobby, a family member will place a corsage or boutonniere on the graduate.
● Once the family enters the auditorium, the graduate will be allowed to remove his/her face mask while being called in to walk down the aisle (recorded for graduation video) to Pomp and Circumstance to the foot of the stage.
● The graduate will then be announced (along with any honors/scholarships/awards/plans for after LHS) and walk onto the stage to receive a diploma cover and have a formal picture taken.
● Once off the stage, the graduate must put on his/her face mask. The senior and family members will exit the auditorium and may choose to stop in the lobby to take a picture in front of the backdrop which will be set up in the lobby (they may briefly take off face masks for picture).
● The graduate will leave the diploma cover in the lobby.
● As the graduates exit the building they will be asked to throw their cap in the air, a video will be taken and added to the video (they should remove face mask for video).
● The graduate and family will retrieve their lawn sign as they exit the building and return to their car to exit campus.
● The commencement ceremony video will air on our LCSD Youtube channel on June 26, at 7 p.m.
● On or about 6/25 the graduate’s commencement package containing their diploma (in the diploma cover), a 5×7 photo receiving their diploma, a USB Flash drive of the graduation ceremony, graduation program, and scholarships will be available for pick up or mailed (more details will be shared at a later date).

We have started creating the appointment windows for graduates and their families. Please do your best to be available during the days and times listed above. Under extenuating circumstances we can change appointment days or times but will only have limited availability. If at this time, you know of
a day or time that you or your family cannot attend, please let me know.
Kindly understand that it is imperative that we stay on schedule during the graduation recording and you must arrive a few minutes early in order to assist with the flow of our plan.

Thank you for your continued support and if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Stay safe and healthy.

All the Best,

Derek Adams

Estimada Clase de 2020 y Padres / Tutores:

Felicitaciones, están en las últimas semanas de su carrera en la escuela secundaria! Espero que esta carta lo encuentre bien y listo para concluir su experiencia en la escuela secundaria y comenzar los pasos para lograr sus aspiraciones. A continuación, compartimos con usted los detalles de la recogida y graduación de la toga y el toga En un esfuerzo por ser conciso, se han omitido las precauciones de seguridad, la ubicación del personal y los detalles de planificación más precisos. Sin embargo, puedo asegurarle que se están tomando todas las precauciones de seguridad y los pasos necesarios para garantizar la seguridad de todos al celebrar esta ocasión trascendental.

Recogida de toga y birrete: viernes 5 de Junio, de 5 a 8 p.m.
● El estudiante y la familia (todos los autos que lleguen juntos, si es posible) conducirán en el carril del autobús en la entrada de LHS.
● El estudiante de último año se detiene al frente de la escuela secundaria, se queda en el automóvil y se le darán los siguientes elementos:
○ Toga y birrete
○ Tiempo de la cita de registro de graduación de(intervalo de 10 minutos) para uno de los siguientes días: sábado, 6/13; Lunes, 15/06; o el martes, 6/16
● El estudiante luego conduce lentamente por el resto del carril del autobús y sale de la escuela.

Grabación de Graduación: 13 de Junio (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), 15 de Junio (1-8 p.m.) y 16 de Junio (1-8 p.m.)
● Cada graduado, con su toga y birrete con hasta 4 miembros de la familia, llega unos minutos antes de su hora programada designado (una automóviles y llegar juntos) usando el estacionamiento de entrada principal de LHS.
● El personal estará allí para dirigir el tráfico y el estacionamiento. Una vez que se les indica que ingresen a la escuela, los graduados y los miembros de la familia proceden a la entrada principal y entran por la puerta de la derecha.
● Una vez en el vestíbulo, un miembro de la familia colocará un ramillete o un ramo en el graduado.
● Una vez que la familia ingresa al auditorio, al graduado se le permitirá quitarse la máscara facial mientras se le llama a caminar por el pasillo (grabado para el video de graduación) a Pomp and Circumstance al pie del escenario.
● El graduado será anunciado (junto con todos los honores/becas/premios/planes para después de LHS) y subirá al escenario para recibir una cubierta de diploma y tomarse una fotografía formal.
● Una vez fuera del escenario, el graduado debe ponerse su máscara facial. Los miembros mayores y familiares saldrán del auditorio y pueden optar por detenerse en el vestíbulo para tomar una foto frente al telón de fondo que se colocará en el vestíbulo (pueden quitarse brevemente las máscaras faciales para la fotografía).
● El graduado dejará la cubierta del diploma en el vestíbulo.
● A medida que los graduados salgan del edificio, se les pedirá que tiren su gorra al aire, se tomará un video y se agregará al vídeo (debe quitarse la máscara facial para el video).
● El graduado y la familia recuperarán su señal de césped cuando salgan del edificio y regresen a su automóvil para salir del campus.
● El video de la ceremonia de graduación se emitirá en nuestro canal de YouTube LCSD el 26 de Junio, a las 7 p.m.
● Aproximadamente el 6/25, el paquete de graduación de graduados que contiene su diploma (en la portada del diploma), una foto de 5×7 recibiendo su diploma, una unidad flash USB de la ceremonia de graduación, el programa de graduación y las becas estarán disponibles para
ser recogidas o enviadas por correo (más detalles serán compartidos en una fecha posterior).

Hemos comenzado a crear las ventanas de citas para los graduados y sus familias. Haga todo lo posible para estar disponible durante los días y horarios mencionados anteriormente. Bajo circunstancias atenuantes, podemos cambiar los días u horarios de las citas, pero solo tendremos
disponibilidad limitada. Si en este momento, sabe de un día o una hora a la que usted o su familia no pueden asistir, haganmelo saber.

Por favor, comprenda que es imperativo que cumplamos con el cronograma durante la grabación de graduación y que debe llegar unos minutos antes para ayudar con el flujo de nuestro plan.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo y si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en comunicarse conmigo. Mantente seguro y saludable.


Derek Adams, Principal

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Liberty School Community,

The motto of the Liberty Central School District is “A great place to learn,” and now, perhaps more than ever before, I want to reiterate our commitment to doing all that we can to live up to that simple statement.

Here, at Liberty, to be great means we must ensure that every student, from kindergarten to high school, and every single member of our staff, knows that racism in any of its ugly forms will not be tolerated. Here, in these schools, our job is not simply to educate our students, we must also protect, nurture, and empower them to be positive agents of justice and fairness. If you’ve been treated unfairly please tell me or reach out to a trusted member of our school community and I promise we will address your concerns.

The national unrest of the past week, as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, are difficult for adults to comprehend, and even more confusing for children. Let’s do our best to listen to and learn from one another as we work to heal and grow as a community. As always, if you need to talk to someone our counselors are always available.

There is much work to do, and we must all do our part.

With Liberty Pride,

Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore, Superintendent of Schools


Additional Resources

The Liberty Central School District is committed to providing educational resources for our students during this time away from school.
Here, our teachers share some helpful educational links to enhance at-home learning during the extended school closure.

Remote Learning with Google

Google Meet/Hangout Etiquette

  • When you enter the Meet/Hangout, mute yourself.
  • When you have a question, type in the textbox and wait for your teacher to call on you.
  • When you have something to contribute to the discussion but it is not your turn, use the chat feature in the right-hand corner. Wait for the teacher to call on you. Then unmute yourself.
  • Only one student should contribute/talk at a time
  • Look into the camera when you are talking.
  • Stay attentive when the teacher or other students are speaking.

The LCSD Media Centers and Libraries

  • SORA: Access ebooks and audiobooks from the Liberty Central School District’s media centers. (Use the Technology Resources for Students Shared Drive to retrieve login information)
    Ms. Jill Parks, our Middle School Librarian, created this terrific SORA tutorial to show you around the site.

All Grade Levels

  • Khan Academy:  With a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, Khan Academy offers daily schedules and academic exercises in an exhaustive range of subjects for students ages 2-18.
  • ReadWorks: Content and at-home curriculum to strengthen reading comprehension for grades K-12.
  • WNET-NY/Public Television: PBS has ramped up its educational offerings for all grades in subjects from reading to science to the arts.
  • PBS Resources for Emergency Closings:  A curated collection of resources organized by grade and subject area created by PBS LearningMedia producers and educators. For Spanish language content, visit Recursos de PreK-12 para Cierres de Emergencia.


Middle School

  • LCS Makerspace and Technology: Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Treible and Mrs. Parks have created a digital Makerspace, where you’ll find exciting ideas for your next project.
  • Scholastic Magazine : Projects for students in PreK-Grade 9 to keep them learning, thinking and growing.
  • High School

  • Scholastic Magazine: Projects for students in PreK-Grade 9 to keep them learning, thinking and growing.
  • Test Preparation

COMMUNITY SURVEY: Tell us about your experience with distance learning

The last couple have months have been very different for our students and  families. As the 2019-2020 school year winds down, we want to know about your experience with distance learning.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this confidential survey so we can continue to improve and grow together. The survey is open through Friday, June 12.

There’s one survey for parents and guardians, and one for students.

District mourns former Liberty Middle School student

With great sadness the district has learned that a former Liberty Middle School student died in a swimming accident on Saturday, May 30, in Port Jervis. The student attended Liberty Middle School until December, 2019, when the family relocated.

We join the family in mourning the loss of this young life.

If you or your child need someone to talk to, district counselors, social workers, and administrators are available. Please reach out; they are always there for you:

  • Dr. Timothy Wade, Director of Student Services: 292-5400, ext. 5112
  • Ms. Sheila Wormuth,Director of Guidance: 292-5400, ext. 2034

Liberty Elementary School

  • Alanna Newman, Social Worker: 845-747-0781
  • Mary Bayer, School Psychologist: 292-5400, ext. 2523
  • Jim O’Connor, School Counselor: 292-5400, ext. 3251

Liberty Middle School

  • Michelle Behrman, School Counselor 5/6: : 292-5400, ext. 2310
  • Linda Krokus, School Counselor 7/8: 292-5400, ext. 2110
  • Jill Buday, School Psychologist: 292-5400, ext. 2027
  • Lynne Diener, Social Worker: 845-391-2758

Liberty High School

  • Kellie While, School Counselor A-F: 292-5400, ext. 2009
  • Meaghan Hazen, School Counselor G-O: 292-5400, ext. 2007
  • Kellie White, School Counselor P-Z: 292-5400, ext. 2010
  • Amy Dworetsky, School Psychologist: 292-5400, ext. 2321

24 Hour Mobile Mental Health

  • 845-790-0911
  • 800-710-7083

Children’s Crisis Outreach

  • 845-701-3777

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