Director of Facilities
607-758-4100 Ext. 4127
Assistant Director of Facilities
607-758-4100 Ext. 2200
Cortland Enlarged City School District
1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045
New York State Education Law and regulations require a building condition survey (BCS) for all occupied school buildings to be conducted at least every five years. The intent is to provide districts with detailed information necessary to properly maintain safe and healthy school environments. This data allows school district to plan and prioritize capital improvements, and the state to plan for building aid reimbursement to districts. The BCS is a visual inspection conducted by a school district team consisting of district employees, as well as consultants such as architects and engineers. The team inspects all occupied building systems and their components. The intent is to assess the buildings for evidence of structural failure, movement or deterioration along with the need for repair, maintenance and replacement. NYSED does provide aid for this required survey.
In September 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 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. As fixtures (faucets, sinks, and water fountains) are identified we are removing them or placing “NOT FOR DRINKING” placards on the fixture until they can be removed and replaced.
Follow-up testing will be conducted after fixture replacement. 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, on the official district website. Please be aware that, although all samples were taken and submitted within the proper time frame, test results are returned to us in a random order. That means that we will be updating this list as sample results arrive.