Voter qualification questions, answered

The school budget is the biggest investment the community collectively makes with its tax dollars. District leaders work to make the most effective use of resources to benefit students, to develop and manage the budget in a responsible and transparent manner and to be accountable to taxpayers.
Each spring the board of education adopts a budget for the coming school year for a community vote.
Voters will cast ballots on the proposed 2019-20 school budget and school board candidates on Tuesday, May 21 in the Liberty High School gymnasium. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.


How do I know if I am qualified to vote?

In order to be legally qualified to vote in the annual school district budget vote and Board of Education election, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be a district resident for 30 days or more by May 21 (this must be your primary, permanent residence);
  • be at least 18 years old as of May 21, 2019;
  • be registered to vote by May 16, 2019.

How do I know if I am registered to vote in Liberty?

Residents of the district who are registered to vote in a general election are eligible to vote at school district meetings and elections without further special school district registration.

If you are not a registered voter with the Board of Elections you may register at the school.  School registration of voters is valid for a period of four years. If the resident has not voted within that period, they must re-register. All new residents must register to vote.

Residents who are not sure if they are registered to vote can access the online Poll Finder to find out. 

How can I register to vote?

District residents who wish to register may do so from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except weekends and holidays, at the office of the District Clerk, Liberty CSD District Office Building, 115 Buckley St., Liberty, NY. Valid ID and current proof of residency required. Voter registration deadline is May 16, 2019.

How can I vote by absentee ballot?

Absentee ballot applications are available at the office of the district clerk from April 24 through May 20, 2019.

Completed applications must be received by the district clerk at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter or absentee ballot applications can be completed up to 4pm on May 20 if the ballot is to be picked up in person. Anyone can pick-up multiple absentee ballot applications, but only the voter can personally pick-up an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots are available for voters who are residents of the district, but who will not be able to physically vote in their designated polling place (e.g. college students, those with a disability).

Absentee Ballots are due by Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Where and when do I vote?

The district budget vote and Board of Education election will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Polls are open from 12 -9 p.m. and are located in the Liberty High School gymnasium, located at 125 Buckley St., Liberty, NY 12754.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information contact the Tania DeFrank, District Clerk, Liberty Central School District Office, Building, 115 Buckley St., Liberty, NY 12754, telephone: (845) 292-6990 or e-mail at

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The Harlem Wizards return to Liberty on March 20

The Harlem Wizards, along with their “tricks, hoops and alley oops,” are returning to Liberty on Wednesday, March 20. The Wizards will take on a team of Liberty teachers and staff in a game packed with high-flying fun and audience participation.

This family-friendly show is being sponsored by the Liberty Schools PTA.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $10.  Reserved and Courtside Plus tickets are $20 and $30, respectively. Tickets must be purchased in advance; there will not be any tickets at the door.

Tickets can be purchased online here:

Please contact for more information or to inquire about sponsorship options.

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Liberty basketball teams make playoffs

The Lady Indians defeated Monticello 50-43 on Thursday, February 21 to even their record at .500. This qualified the team for the Section IX Class B playoffs for the first time in six years! The Lady Indians, seeded 8th,  play Rondout Valley, the 9th seed, in a HOME game at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 23.Click here for more information on the game against Monticello. 

The Boys team previously qualified and is seeded 4th in Section IX Class B. They will host 5th seeded Spackenkill at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26.

Come out for both games and cheer your teams into the next round!


POPS Prism Concert will be Feb. 27

The Liberty Central School High School Music Department will present their Annual POPS Prism Concert on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium (snow date is  Feb. 28). The concert will feature all of our high school performing groups, several soloists, and small ensembles.

This unique prism concert format allows for a continuous cycle of music as each song flows into the next without applause and minimum interruption. For this reason audience members should plan on being in their seats by 7 p.m. Entry into the auditorium after the start of the concert cannot be guaranteed. The students are under the direction of Tim Hamblin, Dan McConnell and Sarah Weber.

The concert is free and open to the public, however, donations will be accepted to help support the school’s music scholarships.

Please contact Timothy Hamblin, Director of Music for further information. He can be reached at 292-5400 ext. 2021 or

The next board of education meeting is Feb. 26

The next Liberty Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the LHS Media Center.  The agenda will be available on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 at BoardDocs.

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Sports Roundup (Week of 2/17/19)

Tuesday, February 19th

Boys Basketball

Liberty  86 Chester 76

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty…….31 – 16 – 19 – 20
Chester…..16 – 17 – 13 – 30


Bobby McCleod – Team high 25 points
Kymanni Dennis – 18 points
Ashton Barrett – 17 points
Chris Bayer – 17 points

Game Highlights

Indians HOT on the first quarter outscoring Chester 31-16
Liberty hits 17 2-point shots and  16 3-point shots


Liberty 10 – 10

Girls Basketball

Liberty  47 Chester 39

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4


Kassidy DeGroat –  15 points, 10 rebounds – 3rd double-double
Kelsey Morgans – 13 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds
Ally Roth – 11 points, 6 steals

Game Highlights

Team played great defense and moved the ball well offensively. Team is one win away from sectionals for the first time in 6 years.



Thursday, February 21st

Girls Basketball

Liberty  50 Monticello 43

Teams.. …..Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty………9 – 14 – 16 – 11
Monticello…4 – 15 – 9 – 15


Ally Roth – 16 points
Kelsey Morgans – 15 points

Game Highlights

Team evens record at .500 and earns first playoff game in six years!
Monticello played a tough game right down to the last few seconds but the Lady Indians prevailed.



Liberty faculty and staff learn how to ‘stop the bleed’

Two teachers tie a tourniquet to another teacherDuring last Friday’s Superintendent Conference Day, the teachers were the students, and the lesson they learned could save a life.

Professionals from OPERATION ENDEAVOR were on hand to teach Stop the Bleed, a program that demonstrates how to recognize and control life-threatening bleeding.

Participants were shown the steps that need to be taken to address serious bleeding before first responders arrive.

“At Liberty, we believe it’s critical for faculty and staff to have the basic knowledge and a comfort level so that they can take action, if needed, during a medical emergency,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said.

The Stop the Bleed program was born in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but it provides a skill set that can be applied in many situations.

As part of the lesson, teachers were able to practice their newly learned skills – which included applying pressure, packing a wound and placing a tourniquet – on prosthetic limbs and on each other. A teacher practices tying a tourniquet around another teachers leg.

“Our number one priority is to keep students, faculty and staff safe,” Dr. Tornatore said. “It’s likely that someone in this building, at some point in their lives, will witness a bleeding emergency and they can help save a life.”

Stop the Bleed will be taught to faculty and staff members from Liberty schools by the end of March. District leaders also plan to purchase trauma kits for each school building.

PLCs exhibit a commitment to student improvement

It’s no secret that the education world loves its acronyms and abbreviations. One of the latest acronyms to hit the halls has been PLC, short for “Professional Learning Communities.”

So what is a PLC? And how are Liberty educators putting this approach to school improvement into practice?  Read on for a quick guide.

A professional learning community – or PLC – involves much more than a staff meeting or group of teachers getting together to discuss a book they’ve read.  Instead, it’s an ongoing practice in which educators work collaboratively, reflect on instructional practices and monitor progress to ensure student success.

PLCs enable teachers to continually learn from one another through shared visioning and planning, as well as in-depth critical examination of what does and doesn’t work to enhance student achievement.

PLCs focus on ongoing learning, rather than a one-time professional development session. In addition, PLCs emphasize teacher leadership, which means that PLCs benefit teachers just as much as they do students.

PLCs take different forms and follow different schedules in each of our schools, however; the structure is the same: Every teacher engages with his or her colleagues in the ongoing exploration of three crucial questions that drive their work:

  • What do we want each student to learn?
  • How will we know when each student has learned it?
  • How will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?

For more information on PLCs and what they look like in your child(ren)’s school buildings, call or visit the school’s main office.

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Well-being is at the core of learning at LMS

Education professionals across the state want to make a real difference for students, and many are aware of the importance of student well-being and how mental health correlates to academic success.

Enter: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, or MTSS for short. MTSS  has been the backbone of instruction and improvement at Liberty Middle School for the past several years.

Under MTSS, student success is no longer viewed solely through the lens of student achievement and standardized test scores. Now, mental health considerations are also taken into account where applicable.

MTSS in a nutshell

Under MTSS, every student receives core instruction, known as Tier One. Some students need supplemental instruction, which is referred to as Tier Two, and some students may receive the most intensive intervention and support, known as Tier Three.

The school’s grade-level teams plan for, monitor and evaluate both the academic and behavioral needs of each student.

Together, they collaborate to analyze student data and make action plans. Those in need of additional academic support are identified and Tier Two and Tier Three interventions are planned for and monitored as needed.

Student success and interventions are not measured only on academic achievement or curriculum retention; mental health, well-being and personal circumstances (i.e: a move, an illness, a bad day) are also taken into consideration when monitoring a student’s progress.

The school doesn’t only consider students who are at risk of falling behind; teachers also create opportunities for students who are exceeding benchmarks or would benefit from being academically challenged.

A closer look at MTSS practices:

Intervention is just another word for instruction.

The word “intervention” is an all-encompassing word that describes the instruction and activities a teacher may use to help identify and resolve a students’ academic or behavioral difficulties.

Intervention is custom designed.

The types of “interventions” used depends entirely on the student and his/her unique situation. The types of instruction and activities are matched to his/her learning needs. Once the wheels of intervention are put into motion, the school’s team of teachers, counselors and administrators check on his/her progress regularly.

Intervention comes and goes.

The school’s check-in/check-out system identifies students who are “at-risk” based on indicators like grades, attendance and personal circumstances and pairs those students with a teacher in the school who will help him/her through his/her “intervention.” Intervention is fluid; if a student fills his/her gap in a certain topic, he/she will resume his/her regular curriculum. Progress will continue to be monitored, and additional help will remain just a few classroom doors away.

Intervention practices are only as strong as our teachers.

A key area of focus for intervention support services is offering monthly professional development for all teachers and staff. These Professional Learning Communities – or PLCs, for short – meet every week to cover topics such as ways teachers have built tactics into their daily instruction to motivate students to behave appropriately as well as crisis prevention and intervention best practices.

For more information about MTSS, speak to your child’s principal or pick up a  brochure from the middle school’s greeter desk.

Science Olympiad places twelfth at competition

The Liberty High School Science Olympiad team competed and placed twelfth during the Feb. 9 Mid-Hudson Regional Competition John Jay High School.

The team competed against 28 teams from Orange, Ulster, Sullivan and Duchess Counties in events in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The team ended the day in twelfth place and took home nine top 10 finishes:

  • tenth place in Water Quality: Tyler Black and Corrine Hellerer
  • tenth place in Fossils: Gabby Fontana and Nicole Blais
  • tenth place in Mousetrap Vehicle: Built by Jon DePaolo and driven by Gavin Racette and Jarod Hellerer
  • ninth place in Protein Modeling: Ben Quackenbush and Gavin Racette
  • ninth place in Mission Possible: John Nolan, Corrine Hellerer, Emily Lutz and Tyler Black
  • eighth place in Circuit lab: Ben Quackenbush and Tanner Parks
  • seventh place in Geologic Mapping: Nicole Blais and Jarod Hellerer
  • sixth place in Thermodynamics: Jarod Hellerer and Gavin Racette
  • sixth place in Boomilever: Built by Connor Roth and competed by Tanner Parks and Elijah MorenoThe Liberty team is comprised of the following students:
  • Freshmen: Dominic Fontana, Elijah Moreno, Michael Peyton
  • Sophomores: Tyler Black, Corrine Hellerer, Emily Lutz, John Nolan, Brooke Nichols
  • Juniors: Nicole Blais, Leah Fitzgerald, Gabriella Fontana, Jarod Hellerer, Gavin Racette ; and
  • Seniors: Tanner Parks, Benjamin Quackenbush.

The team would like to thank the science department for their support and assistance and sends a special shout out to Mr. Slater and his technology students for their expertise and help.

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