Northville selects new superintendent

NORTHVILLE – The Northville Central School District Board of Education has selected a new superintendent for the district.

In a news release issued Tuesday, the board announced Leslie Ford, currently director of human resources for the Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Poughkeepsie, has been selected as the district’s new superintendent.

The school board received more than 40 applications for the superintendent’s post and narrowed the field to two finalists before deciding on Ford, the release said.

Contract negotiations are being concluded, the release said.

The salary for the position was advertised at $110,000 to $140,000 annually.

Ford is expected to start July 1. Debra Lynker, who has been Northville’s interim superintendent, will hold the position until then.

Lynker took the position in October 2012, replacing Kathy Dougherty, who retired.

“I am very drawn to the region,” Ford said in the release. “I am looking forward to living here and becoming an integral part of the community.”

In the release, board President Sheldon Ginter said Ford is invited to participate in board meetings and activities through the end of the school year, to allow her to learn more about the district.

“We are very happy to find a candidate with Dr. Ford’s experience and desire to become part of our community,” Ginter said in the release. “We were fortunate to have strong candidates to evaluate, and felt that Dr. Ford offered the right combination of personal and professional abilities for our school district.”

Ford earned a doctorate in education from the University of La Verne in California, and holds a master’s degree in psychology and educational counseling.

A career educator, Ford has taught music education at the elementary-, middle- and high-school levels. As an administrator, she served as guidance administrator, vice principal and superintendent for public schools in New York and California.

“Our schools and our students are continually challenged to do better. My background and research confirms that a strong emphasis on professional development and collaboration will make a difference in student performance,” Ford said in the release. “A culture of learning and working together creates a richer professional experience for our teachers and staff, which directly benefits the learning environment of our students.”