In Sept. 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 (extended to June 30, 2021 due to COVID-19) and every five years thereafter, unless the state Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.
The state established an action level of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.
School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results—along with remediation plans, if required—on the official district website. Our results are below:
As required by New York state, Voorheesville Central School District tested faucets throughout the district for levels of lead. The district had all locations that were previously tested in 2016 resampled for thoroughness, understanding that areas already labeled as not suitable for drinking could come back with higher lead levels than state guidelines. During this testing, a number of faucets came back with levels above state guidelines, as noted on the reports attached below. However, all of these faucets except for one, Room 189 in the high school, were identified during testing in 2016 and marked as “Do Not Drink” faucets having non-potable water. These signs have remained in place since 2016, and these faucets are not used for drinking or food preparation.
In light of these testing results, similar signage will also be posted on the faucet in Room 189. Please reach out to the superintendent’s office if you have any questions about these results.
Pesticide and Asbestos Notifications
Integrated Pest Management
New York State Education Law requires schools to provide written notification to all parents/guardians and staff members regarding the potential use of pesticides periodically throughout the school year. The district maintains a list of all individuals who wish to receive 48-hour prior written notification of certain pesticide applications. If you would like to receive 48-hour notifications of pesticide applications that are scheduled to occur, please contact Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations James Southard at 518-765-3313 ext. 102. In the event of an emergency application necessary to protect against an imminent threat to human health, a good faith effort will be made to supply written notification to those on the 48-hour prior notification list. Some pesticide applications are not subject to notification requirements, including anti-microbial products, EPA-designated biopesticides and exempt materials, and when a school remains unoccupied for a continuous 72-hours following an application. For more information on requirements, please contact the school’s pesticide representative, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations James Southard at 518-765-3313, ext. 102.
In accordance with the EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency response Act of 1987 (40 C FR Part 763), the Voorheesville Central School District put in place a management plan to identify and manage asbestos building materials. Periodic surveillance is done every six months.
The District’s Asbestos Management plan is kept on file in the District Office. These records are available for review during regular business hours or by making a special appointment. For more information, contact Joseph Sapienza at 518-765-3314, ext. 206
Facilities Use Information
The Board of Education will permit the use of the buildings, grounds and other property of the district, when not in use for school business, for any of the following purposes:
- For instruction in any branch of education, learning or the arts.
- For holding social, civic and recreational meetings and entertainment; these shall be non-exclusive and open to the general public.
- As a polling place
- For meetings of district employee organizations and for organizations for veterans and volunteer fireman.
- For meetings and entertainment where the proceeds of admission fees charged are to be expended for an educational or charitable purpose, except in the case of veterans’ organizations and organizations of volunteer fireman.
- Sports events and practice to the extent they can be accommodated