Updated 01/14/2013 06:41 PM
Liberty's new school superintendent starts job
Work begins in the Liberty School District for the new superintendent. He comes to the job with nearly 40 years of experience and a heartbreaking lesson. YNN's Elaina Athans explains.
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LIBERTY, N.Y. - "I wouldn't say stressful yet, but certainly a lot going on," said Liberty Central School District Dr. William Silver.
The Liberty Central School District has a new superintendent and he spent the first day on the job meeting the tiniest of his pupils. Dr. William Silver sat in with kindergarteners during show and tell, immersing himself in the district he'll now oversee.
"When you're interviewing for a job, you know what people tell you," said Silver. "You don't really have a feel for the place and what's working and what's not working."
Silver already though has a few goals he does want to work on, like Liberty's graduation rate. Seventy-five percent of students receive their diploma right now.
"This isn't something where you snap your fingers and you fix the problem. You have to look at programs. You have to look at policies," said Silver.
School safety is another issue he wants to address. Before Silver came to Liberty, he was a superintendent in Connecticut, a state still reeling from the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School a month later.
"Connecticut's a small state. I'm good friends with the superintendent in Newtown, so when something like that happens in your own state, it really personalizes," said Silver.
Silver says he learned a lesson from the senseless killings. He wants there to be stronger barriers to get into facilities, but adds he doesn't want to go to extreme measures.
"Schools have to find the balance, the difference between turning them into fortresses or jails and the fact that they're public building," said Silver.
Public buildings he wants to keep safe for himself, hundreds of faculty members and around 1,600 students.