Northville meets new district chief

NORTHVILLE – A new superintendent will take over July 1 in the Northville Central School District.

Leslie Ford, currently director of human resources for the Dutchess Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Poughkeepsie, will be the new superintendent, replacing Interim Superintendent Debra Lynker.

Speaking to members of the public at a hearing Monday on the district’s budget proposal for 2014-15, Ford laid out plans for what she wants to do as superintendent at the district.

Ford described a school as a house, with the foundation as the leadership of the district.

“We can’t do without any part of that to preserve the wonderful instruction that is going on,” she said.

Ford went over several reform efforts that have been discussed in education, and mentioned policies she would like to apply at the district, such as focusing on college and career readiness.

“The things that we have begun to work with here are not one-year issues, three-year issues. They are a whole cycle of education issues,” Ford said.

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.

Lynker said leaving the district will be hard for her, saying she has deeply enjoyed the past two years of service as superintendent. She is also confident the district will be in good hands

“What we need now is an administrator who will come in and know what we need to be a quality school,” Lynker said. “And Northville is so fortunate in finding a seasoned veteran [Ford], like myself, to come in and take over the reins.”

“She really vied for the job. We found Mrs. Ford was the obvious choice,” Board of Education President Sheldon Ginter said.

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

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

Ford will be paid $125,500 yearly, plus benefits.