Business Office and District Budget

The Assistant Superintendent for Business supervises Liberty’s Business Office, which is responsible for accounting, auditing, benefits coordination, capital projects coordination, contract negotiations, facility use coordination, the district census, payroll, purchasing, records management, and safety planning. The business office also supervises Buildings and Grounds, Food Services and Transportation.

2024-2025 District Budget

The Liberty Central School District administration and Board of Education are developing a proposed budget for the 2024-25 school year. The budget vote will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the High School Media Center. (Please note the time and location have changed from past years.)

Details will be published here as information is available.

Legal Notice: Budget Hearing and Annual Meeting and Election

LCSD plans budget information sessions

Liberty Central School District will offer the public four opportunities to hear more about the school budget proposal that will go before the voters on May 21.

  • The first event “Dinner and a Budget Show” will take place Friday, April 19. Liberty Central School District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan and Assistant Superintendent for Business Laurene McKenna will offer a presentation on the budget proposal from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. as pizza is served in the High School Media Center.
  • On Friday, April 26, there will be a budget talk from 9 to 11 a.m. at the New Munson Diner at 12 Lake St. Sullivan will go over details of the budget and will answer any questions the public may have.
  • On Monday, May 6, Sullivan and McKenna will present the budget at the Town of Liberty Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center at 119 N. Main St.
  • The final event will be the budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the High School auditorium.

School Board

Liberty Central School District has a nine-person Board of Education. All seats are at-large, with three seats up for election each year. Each member serves a three-year term.

Those who wish to run for school board must be: able to read and write; a citizen of the United States; at least 18 years of age; a qualified voter of the district; and a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to election  No employee of the school district may be a member of the board, except as permitted by law, and no more than one member of a family shall be a member of the same Board of Education.

Seats currently held by Maureen Crescitelli, Peter Racette and Pamela Teed Fisk are up for election this year. They each returned nominating petitions and will run for re-election. No one else returned nomination petitions.

Voting Information

Voters must be 18 years old,  a U.S. citizen and a district resident for at least 30 days and be registered to vote at their county board of elections, which will automatically register them to vote at the district. The last day to register with the district is May 16.

Along with traditional absentee balloting, which requires a reason for voting early, New York State allows for early voting via mail without requiring justification. Voters must fill out an application for either form. There are separate applications for each, but the application process and deadlines are the same for both.

Qualified voters may request an early voting or absentee ballot application by contacting District Clerk Tania DeFrank at or 845-292-6990. May 14 is the last day for absentee applications to be received for those who will be mailing a completed ballot. May 20 is the last day for absentee ballot applications to be received in person and the completed ballot delivered by hand. Absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk by 5 p.m. May 21, 2024, to be counted.

Military voters who are qualified voters of the district may apply for a military ballot by requesting an application from the district clerk and the valid application must be received no later than 5 p.m. April 25.  Military voters who are not registered to vote may apply to register by filling out a Military Voter Registration Application, which can also be obtained by requesting an application from the district clerk and completed applications must be received by the clerk by 5 p.m. April 25. Military voters may indicate a preference for receiving a military voter registration, military ballot application, or military ballot by mail, fax or email in their request for such registration, ballot application or ballot. The school district will transmit military ballots to military voters no later than April 26. Completed military ballots must be received by the district by 5 p.m. May 21, to be counted.

Everything You Need to Know About School Budgets in 60 Seconds

In New York, school leaders begin developing their school budget proposal long before the public vote in May. Each budget proposal is unique, but the planning process is similar for most schools. 

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