Across Sullivan County, students are dusting off their backpacks, double checking their school supply lists and finalizing their back-to-school outfits in preparation for the first day back on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Before students return to school, Liberty faculty and staff gathered at the high school on Tuesday, Sept. 4 to meet their new colleagues, celebrate some career milestones and begin preparing for the arrival of students.
It was a lightning fast summer — but a lot happened while students were away. The summer brought about a massive changing of the guard among school leadership, including two new Principals, one new Assistant Principal, a new Assistant Director for Student Services and a new interim Assistant Superintendent.
In addressing new and returning district employees, new Superintendent Dr. Augustine Tornatore set the tone for the new school year by proclaiming his pledge to help make Liberty Central School District “the number one district in Sullivan County.”
Dr. Augustine Tornatore was just one of the eleven speakers who say that the district’s leadership choices can keep the school system on the upward trajectory it’s seen this past year.
“I was pleased to see our graduation rate was 81 percent last year,” he said. “This did not just happen arbitrarily. It was due to the time and effort that [teachers and staff] put in at Liberty,” adding that the district’s parking lots were consistently full before and after school hours.
Becoming a unified district through a unified set of goals was the directional theme incorporated into this convocation and aimed to inspire staff throughout the school year. Much of the conversation was centered on the district’s new three frameworks, which will serve as a long-term guide that administrators and teachers will keep at the forefront of their minds as they make decisions this school year and in years to come.
“We will be providing the professional development to support our three frameworks as we strive to improve instruction, improve student behavior and the further integration of transformative technology in our classes,” Dr. Tornatore said.