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The Novi Community School District is ranked the top school district in the state of Michigan by Niche.com for the second straight year.

Niche.com recently released its Best Schools 2021 rankings. Niche is a national educational research and ranking firm. “Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more."

NCSD also ranked 10th among districts with the best teachers and 12th for best places to teach in the state. 

Deerfield Elementary ranked as the top public elementary school in the state, according to Niche. The other NCSD elementary schools ranked as follows: Novi Woods (No.6), Parkview (No.9), Village Oaks (No.10), and Orchard Hills (No.42).

Novi Meadows (Grades 5-6) ranked No.2 among public middle schools in the state. Novi Middle School (Grades 7-8) ranked No.10. 

Novi High School ranked No.3 among public high schools and No.4 among best college prep public high schools in the state. 

 

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Cathy Farris began work Monday as a full-time nurse for the Novi Community School District.
 
"Cathy Farris will be an asset to the Novi Community School District," said Superintendent Dr. Steve Matthews. "She brings years of professional experience, plus she's deeply committed because she has students in our school district."
Farris has worked part time for the district since 2010. She was approved for the full-time position by the Board of Education on Oct. 1.
 
"I'm honored to be hired full time to care for the health and well being of our Novi students, staff and families," she said. 
Farris is a licensed registered nurse with 24 years of Pediatric ICU experience at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Mott Children’s Hospital, in Ann Arbor, in the Pediatric Cardio-thoracic ICU, where she continues to work.
 
She graduated from Madonna University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1996 and is a certified Pediatric Nurse, a member of Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) and Vice President of the Michigan Association of School Nurses (MASN).
 
She also is the region leader for all school nurses in Oakland County.
 
Farris regularly meets with our state nurse consultant and collaborates often with the counties surrounding Novi to enhance our practices, policies and procedures. She also reviews each and every medical plan that is submitted and has revamped all of our medical forms to conform to the medical community. She is on call if needed for medical advice in a building or if a medical emergency should arise. She has provided training to our staff with regards to insulin, epi-pen, AED, CPR, and so much more. She has been instrumental in keeping our information up-to-date and moving us forward through the COVID learning process. 
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Dr. RJ Webber, assistant superintendent of academics, participated in a panel discussion hosted by FOX2 anchor Roop Raj about preparing to return to school in the midst of the pandemic. 

"we need to be very honestly attend to what people have been going through in the past six months," Webber said. 

Watch the segment on FOX2's website

 

 

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New Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations

Novi Community School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Gregory McIntyre as the Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations.

Mr. McIntyre has over 14 years of experience in the administrative business accounting sector. He has a deep understanding of payroll, budgeting, facility operations, transportation, security, and food service.

“I believe that Mr. McIntyre will make a strong addition to our Central Office leadership team,” said Dr. Steve Matthews, Superintendent. “I believe that he will add value to our team and continue to help us move forward as a district.”

McIntyre will be responsible for the overall financial operations of the district, including audit, management of the bond, budget, construction, food service, maintenance and operations, payroll, purchasing and transportation.

“Novi is a utopia district,” McIntyre said. “Education is so important here. The community is so passionate about education and I just want to be a part of the success that is already here. I’m here to add value and continue that tradition of excellence when it comes to education.

“I’m passionate about education. I know education is the key for everyone to succeed. It opens so many doors for you.”

McIntyre comes to NCSD from Redford Union Schools, where he served the past 8.5 years as Assistant

Superintendent of Business Services. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Operations for the Benton Harbor Area School District from 2007-12.

McIntyre earned his masters of business administration and management from Central Michigan University and a bachelor of business administration in accounting from Tennessee State University. He also has CFO certification from the Michigan School Business Officials.

Mr. McIntyre joined the district on July 20.

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