Board accepts Assistant Superintendent resignation

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, the Liberty Central School District Board of Education approved a separation agreement with Assistant Superintendent of Schools Sandy Wagner, effective Sept. 22. The motion was approved unanimously.

Mr. Wagner, who previously served as the district’s director of technology, was appointed assistant superintendent under a probationary contract in October 2016. His final day with the district will be Friday, Sept. 22. Barbara Blakey will fill the role of interim assistant superintendent until a replacement is found. Blakey is familiar with both the district and the region. She served as the Liberty’s interim assistant superintendent from July to October 2016 and is the former assistant superintendent for instruction at Sullivan County BOCES.

The board anticipates the search for a permanent assistant superintendent will begin in September, with the goal of hiring a replacement by Thanksgiving.

The board is also planning a search for a new superintendent of schools to find a permanent replacement for Dr. William Silver, who resigned June 30. Carol Napolitano took the helm as interim superintendent on July 1. She previously served as Liberty’s assistant superintendent from 2007 to 2016.

The board also made a motion to hire the Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC) to assist with the search, in order to cast a wider net for potential candidates, while the day-to-day operations of the district are handled by Ms. Napolitano. WNYESC is based out of Buffalo, New York.

“Liberty is going through a period of change, and we understand this may be a confusing time for our staff and school community,” she said. “We assure you that, throughout this transition, we will continue to work in partnership to provide our staff members with the work environment they need to excel in their work and our students with the very best education we have to offer. I encourage anyone who has any questions or concerns to contact either me or their building principal.”

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