Marcus Whitman Facilities Department is responsible for the operations and maintenance of all district owned property. MW consists of a 250,000 gallon water tower, 12 buildings totaling 465,000 square feet and 440 acres of land. The original construction of our buildings range from 1928 to 2002.
If you have questions about the use of a facility, contact the specific Supervisor/Head Custodian to your left, or use the button below for the Facility Use Application and to view the Facility Regulations.
Last spring there was a great deal of media coverage regarding the concern with lead levels in drinking water throughout our nation. Also last spring, I shared with all of you that we did a great deal of testing within the District and identified some fixtures with lead levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter (ug/L).
· ppb and ug/L are the two different units of measure that the EPA uses to identify lead levels
Of the more than 200 samples we took from our facilities, we identified 17 fixtures that were above the action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter (ug/L). We immediately shut these fixtures off and replaced them this summer.
Late this summer, the State passed legislation requiring all school districts to test potable water for lead and to develop and implement a remediation plan where lead readings are above the 15 parts per billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter (ug/L). This fall, the District did retesting and additional testing. We have received the results for this most recent testing and below are the fixtures that have been identified as having lead levels above 15 parts per billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter (ug/L). We immediately shut these fixtures off or installed signs indicating that the fixtures are for handwashing or cleaning only, not drinking; and will be replacing and retesting them before allowing them to be used by students or staff for potable purposes. Bottled water is being used in the High School Nurses Office for students taking medications while that sink is shut off because the results came in at 15.7 ppb, which is above the action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter (ug/L).
*The fixtures coming in significantly above the action level are fixtures that have been out of
service for an extended period of time and will now be removed from service.
As part of the reporting process, our test results have been shared with the New York State Department of Health and the Cayuga Onondaga Office of Safety & Risk Management.
Until a remediation plan can be implemented, each of the fixtures identified will not provide potable water. The plan will be to replace:
· fixtures and/or
· valves and/or
· supply lines or
· completely take the faucet out of service.
We will test all fixtures again to make sure they are at or below 15 parts per billion (ppb) or micrograms per liter (ug/L) before we put them back in service as fixtures supplying potable water. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the District Office at (585) 554-4848.
Gorham Finger Lakes Elementary
|Middlesex Valley Primary||High School||
Finger Lakes Secondary
|Rm 102||Rm 118 (FLES)||Maint Shop||Rm 429||Rm 137|
|Rm 122 Band Rm||RM 119 (FLES)||Rm 112||Nurse Storage||Greenhouse|
|Rm 205||Rm 122 (FLES)||Rm 202||Women's Phys Ed Office|
|Rm 216||Rm 110 (FLES)||210 Computer Lab|
|Rm 108 (FLES)||302 Science Labs|
|Rm 106 (FLES)||304 Science Labs|
|Rm 104 (FLES)||504 Science Labs|