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Lead Test Results Being Addressed

posted Nov 7, 2016, 10:58 AM by Ncs Webmaster   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 9:13 AM ]

Press release issued Monday, November 7th:

Two fountains and 31 sink faucets have tested positive for elevated levels of lead at Northville Central School.

The school had water from 130 fixtures tested by Fulmont Laboratory & Consultants of Gloversville. The water samples were collected on September 26 and 29, with the test results delivered to the school on Monday, November 7. All 33 fixtures showing a lead level above the acceptable limit of 15 parts per billion were turned off immediately, according to District Superintendent Dr. Leslie Ford.

“The water supply to every fixture testing above the limit has been shut off, and we have posted signs at the affected sinks and fountains,” Ford said.

Ford said the district will now have each of the 33 fixtures re-tested and will investigate the source of the lead in each. The fountains and sinks will be repaired or replaced as needed following the second round of testing.

“For the safety of our children and our staff, the school will of course ensure that all water sources meet state requirements,” Ford said, adding that the second round of testing has already been scheduled for next week.

According to the test results, which were posted to the district’s website on Monday, the fountains which tested at an elevated level are in rooms 148 and 158. Most of the fixtures showing an elevated level of lead are in the oldest parts of the building, and date back to the 1930’s, according to NCS Facilities Manager Mike Catalina.

“Fortunately, the majority of the water consumed at NCS comes from the eight water-bottle fill stations that have been installed at the school in the last two years, and all of those fountains tested at less than 1 part per billion” Catalina said. The school’s ice machine also tested at less than 1 part per billion, according to the Fulmont Lab report.

Catalina stated hand sanitizer is being supplied at every sink that has been shut off, and that there are still a number of sinks available throughout the building for hand washing.

NCS Lead Test Results
Please click here to view the complete Fulmont Laboratory & Consultants report, which were received and posted to this website on November 7th, 2016.

Lead Testing in Progress

posted Oct 27, 2016, 10:19 AM by Ncs Webmaster   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 10:19 AM ]

In the wake of concerns regarding the presence of lead in the drinking water of some area schools, the Northville Central School District is in the process of having the school's water supply tested.

Facilities manager Mike Catalina and his maintenance crew took samples from 130 faucets, sinks and fixtures located inside and outside of the building and submitted them all for testing. Mr. Catalina confirmed the crew tested "any place a student could possibly get water to drink".

Northville CSD's water is being tested by Fulmont Laboratory and Consultants in Fort Johnson. Mr. Catalina was told the results would take 6-8 weeks due to the volume of water being tested. All results will be posted to this website as soon as they are received, and immediate action will be taken if any sample comes back with a lead level higher than the state's action limit of 15 parts per billion.

For more information on the lead testing of water in New York's schools, please visit Governor Cuomo's website here.

2016-17 Welcome Letter from Dr. Ford

posted Sep 6, 2016, 12:56 PM by Ncs Webmaster   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 12:58 PM ]

Dear Students and Family,

It has been a busy summer preparing for your return!  I hope that this summer offered you a lot of time in the sunshine of our beautiful Adirondack area.

Your teachers have been involved in discussion during our symposium, preparing for you this year.  We asked ourselves many questions, including "What will the world be like in 20 years, when our students are in the workforce?" It is our job to know about emerging trends, and to provide instruction and learning activities that will challenge and prepare each graduate as a regional/national/world citizen.  These are the discussions we will be having this year as colleagues and learners.  And in the larger context of our surrounding world, the thoughtful way we prepare our students to emerge from Northville Central School District will help them in a world that could benefit from renewed peace and understanding.

This year the School Board will review the district mission statement to see if we have outlived its goals and need to set new ones.  They will be reaching out to the community to have you involved in this important work.  As part of the support for this effort, the middle and high school teams are joining a national Successful Practices Network.  This will give us many new ideas, and collaborative friends to work with.

We are also starting our PBIS positive behavior initiative.  After a year of study, we are ready for the training and behavior strategies we need to support positive growing citizens.  We think you will be happy with the process, and we will be inviting you to participate!

I want to welcome Mrs. Tammy Reidell as our Elementary Principal, and extend welcome back greetings to Mr. Kyle McFarland as Secondary Principal.  We are a great team, devoted to the success of each student.


Leslie Ford

Dr. Leslie Ford, Northville CSD Superintendent

We are shaped by our thoughts, we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.


If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mother Teresa

16-17 Lockdown Drills

posted Aug 23, 2016, 6:38 AM by Ncs Webmaster   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 1:00 PM ]

August 23, 2016

Welcome Back!

It is always so exciting to start a new year.  We have been waiting and preparing for you! This year we will be working even more closely together as a community on behalf of our students - more to come on this later.

In addition to getting school supplies, back-to-school clothes, and preparing for a successful year together, we want you to know that we will be changing our fire drill process. You may have heard that the law recently changed, requiring schools to perform 4 lockdown drill practices.

It is part of the safety precautions we need to consider. I realize that it may seem unfriendly to have security measures in place to enter and walk in the building. The need for increased security for schools has us looking at our current safety and emergency procedures more closely. I hope that this new regulation helps our entire community understand the changed environment we must plan for.

We want you to know that our staff and students already have a procedure in place for lockdown drills. All of our staff will receive training on emergency responses that align with our current Emergency Plan.


Dr. Ford

Please click here for a copy of this notice.

November Letter from the Superintendent

posted Nov 6, 2015, 8:59 AM by Ncs Webmaster   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 9:12 AM ]

From the desk of Dr. Leslie Ford...  

     The 2015-2016 year is a memorable one for Northville!  We enjoyed a strong start with our team of teaching and non-teaching staff learning about the strengths we bring to planning when we are committed to our own self-development. The Gallup StrengthsFinders survey results, provided for every employee and board member, are a strong tool we will need to increase our understanding and devote our best planning to our students.  

     We have a strong administrative team in place this year. Mrs. Cathy Brucker, a former NCSD employee, has returned to fill the position of Special Education Director. Across the hallway from her office, Mr. Kyle McFarland leads the team for secondary education.

     Our school and district goals are ambitious this year. The plans are posted (see the Quick Links above) for you to review. But one of the most important things we would like our community to know is that we cannot graduate the number of students with the amount of talent and potential we desire without the strong and ongoing support and partnership with parents, community members and community leaders. Our progress is based on your participation, understanding and support. We are grateful when you come to school meetings, education opportunities and activities. And we have many! Of course, the students benefit from your generous donations. And as we look at a Capital Project to support the work in our historic building, we hope you will see the District continue as a focus point for our community.


Dr. Leslie Ford

NCSD Assessments Notice to Parents

posted Oct 16, 2014, 5:30 AM by Ncs Webmaster   [ updated Nov 6, 2014, 8:55 AM ]

Please click here to view the assessments used at Northville CSD.

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