Lead found in art material at Island Trees High School

The Island Trees school district notified parents Friday their children may have been using a lead product in a high school classroom. Officials say 20 bottles of glazing compound used in art rooms contained

News 12 Staff

Jun 27, 2008, 11:19 PM

Updated 5,865 days ago

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The Island Trees school district notified parents Friday their children may have been using a lead product in a high school classroom.
Officials say 20 bottles of glazing compound used in art rooms contained lead. The school says the art room has been locked up and a company that specializes in lead cleanup has been called in.
School board members voiced their frustration about the matter at a meeting Wednesday. ?If it was in their house, they would be the first ones to get it cleaned,? school board member Joseph Buda says. ?It's not in the principal?s office, it?s not in the staff?s office, it?s where the kids were.?
Superintendent James Parla told News 12 Long Island that when it was called to his attention that there was lead in the paint, he took appropriate action. ?Would you call it an oversight?? he asks. ?You know, if you want to call it an oversight you could call it an oversight.?
In the 80s the school closed down a rifle range on campus due to lead concerns and completed a two-year lead remediation project in 2006.
The superintendent insists the school is safe for kids, but did tell News 12 Long Island he?s looking into doing a complete assessment of the building.


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