At its Feb. 13 meeting, the Liberty Board of Education voted to reconfigure the Liberty Middle/High School into two separate schools and appointed Andy Cameron as the Liberty Middle School Principal and Robert Knuschke as the Liberty High School Principal, effective July 2018.
In 2011, the district’s board of education made the motion to consolidate the middle and high school to one building with one principal.
According to Interim Superintendent of Schools Carol Napolitano, the decision to separate the middle and high school to two separate buildings comes from a desire to revitalize each school and support and honor the different educational, social and emotional needs and values of our middle and high school students.
“Our administrative focus needs to be targeted and targeted fully to the appropriate grade levels,” she said. “It is the district’s hope that our students, staff and parents find this adjustment helpful.”
The Liberty Board of Education would like to commend Mr. Jack Strassman, who previously served as the principal of the Liberty Middle and High School, for taking on the dual role.
Mr. Cameron comes to the district with 12 years of experience in education administration. Before joining the Liberty Central School District, Mr. Cameron served as Assistant Principal of the Rombout Middle School in the Beacon City Central School District in Beacon, NY. Previously, he served as Director of Program Operations for the Florida Union Free School District.
“[The district] will be my home away from home; my extended family,” Mr. Cameron said. “Working together [with faculty and parents] we can help students prepare to become productive members of the community and lifelong learners. I am eager and beyond excited to become part of the Liberty community.”
Mr. Knuschke comes to the district with 16 years of experience in education administration. Prior to joining Liberty, he served as the Middle and High School Principal of the Walton Central School District in Walton, NY. Previously he served as Principal of the Orville A. Todd Middle School for the Spackenkill Union Free School District.
“Of all the skills needed as a school leader, I believe the most important is the ability to build relationships and communicate with staff, students and their families. I am very excited to immerse myself in a new school and explore the culture and traditions of Liberty,” Mr. Knuschke said.