On Friday, May 4, Liberty High School’s newly hired principal, Robert Knuschke, informed the district of his decision to remain employed as a principal for the Walton Central School District.
Mr. Knuschke was appointed Liberty High School Principal by the Liberty Board of Education on Feb. 13. He would have succeeded Jack Strassman, who is set to retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
“It is with mixed emotions that we share this news with our school community,” Liberty Central School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said. “As the administrative changes within our schools continue, the district would like to strengthen the lines of communication between parents, staff, students and the community.”
Last month, parents, students and staff were invited to participate in the district’s Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Survey. This five minute survey asks about leadership and capacity and school leader practices and decisions and closes on Saturday, May 6.
“We need community input now more than ever, and welcome it with open arms during this pivotal point in Liberty history,” Dr. Tornatore said. “I want to assure our parents, staff and students that throughout this transition, we will continue to work in partnership and with complete transparency.”
Dr. Tornatore, who currently serves as the district’s assistant superintendent, will fill the role of superintendent beginning in July 2018.
A vacancy announcement for high school principal has been posted to the district’s website and to the Online Application System for Educators website.
Updates and information regarding the high school principal position will be posted on the district’s website and Facebook page as soon as they are available.