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Liberty Board of Education accepts superintendent’s resignation

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On Tuesday, June 27, the Liberty Central School District Board of Education approved a separation agreement with Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Silver, effective June 30. The motion was approved by a 5-3 vote.

During the meeting, the board also voted 6-1, with one abstention, to appoint Carol Napolitano as the district’s interim superintendent effective July 1. Ms. Napolitano, who previously served as Liberty’s Assistant Superintendent from 2007 to 2016, will serve as the district’s top administrator until June 30, 2018.

“Despite various personnel-related discrepancies that we cannot divulge publicly, the Board is grateful for Dr. Silver’s service. He has been valuable in helping us ensure our students get the best education possible while staying fiscally responsible, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” board President John Nichols said, noting that the board’s decision to end Dr. Silver’s contract agreement was “not taken lightly.”

Dr. Silver has been superintendent at Liberty for four and a half years, assisting in the passage of four school budgets and one capital project with no tax impact.

Since his arrival to Liberty, the district has produced significant gains in academic proficiency, fiscal responsibility and the percentage of students who are college- and career-ready. Under his leadership, the high school’s graduation rate increased from 70 to 78 percent.

“It goes without saying that I have enjoyed my years of service to the Liberty Central School District,” Dr. Silver said. “While the duties, responsibilities and projects have been enriching, it has been the relationships and friendships I’ve built over the years in working with the staff, our students and their families and community members that have been the most meaningful and rewarding.”

Agenda item details of the June 27 meeting, as well as all board of education meetings, are available via BoardDocs.

Throughout this pending transition, the district would like to strengthen the lines of communication between parents, staff, students and the community. More information will be forthcoming on our webpage and at upcoming board meetings, please call the superintendent’s office at (845) 292-6990.
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