High levels of PCBs discovered in the calking at DePaolo Middle School and Kennedy Middle School left concerns over safety at the remaining three schools that have not been renovated, but recent testing revealed zero air contamination.
Representatives of Hygenix, Inc., this week returned results of precautionary testing that found no concerns over the air quality at Derynoski Elementary School, Flanders Elementary School or Kelley Elementary School. Four air samples were taken at both Flanders and Kelley, while eight were taken from Derynoski.
The decision to test came after testing at the town’s two middle schools revealed a large amount of PCBs, or Polychlorinated Biphenyls, in caulking and in sealed areas.
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Both schools were also void of any air quality issues and deemed safe as PCBs are not directly exposed.
The Board of Education approved a motion in September, simply as a precautionary measure. School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. said in a letter to parents this week that the results are positive and there is no need for any further concern.
“I am pleased to share with you that all air quality tests have come back negative,” Erardi said.
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