Dear School Community Member:
The purpose of this update is to follow-up on the letter that I posted on June 2nd, regarding lead testing that the District has been conducting. As you know, the District decided to proactively pursue testing for lead in the water.
Water sources were tested in both buildings in the district. Generally, the results for the JSHS were good. The water fountains and kitchen sinks were all below the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard of 15 parts per billion. There were five rooms that were slightly higher than the 15 parts per billion when they were first tested but then were all well under that standard when they were tested a second time.
The results for BCES, that we have just received, indicate that all water sources there were under the EPA standard of 15 parts per billion.
Now that we have received the testing results of all water sources district-wide, we are prepared to move forward with our plan to resolve the issue of higher than acceptable lead levels in the five rooms identified at the junior-senior high school. This plan includes retesting and then replacing faucets and fixtures with lead-free materials in those areas that have higher than 15 parts of lead per billion. We will also flush these outlets on a regular basis and we will retest the water after the fixtures have been replaced.
I would like to thank the school community for being patient as we awaited the results of this testing. Thankfully our lead issues are minimal and will be addressed over the summer months.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Ivan J. Katz, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools