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The LeRoy superintendent announces results of testing done at the high school by a Rochester environmental firm.

In a letter sent out to the community on Wednesday, Superintendent Kim Cox said that there were no adverse health impacts from contaminants in the air, soil or water in or around our high school campus.

Leader Professional Services was hired to test the grounds after several students came down with a mysterious illness.

The only thing Leader did recommend was the stack of the school's boiler be made taller to eliminate noxious odors that were coming into the school.

Leader's full report is posted on the LeRoy district website.

Read the full letter below:

I have excellent news to announce concerning the results of the air, soil and surface water testing of the Junior/Senior High School building and grounds by Leader Professional Services. Leader has compiled an extensive report concerning the testing undertaken and subsequent analysis, concluding there are no adverse health impacts from contaminants in the air, soil or water in or around our high school campus.

First, I want to thank Leader for its very thorough and extensive sampling and testing and its associated report (referred to as the “Final Report”). The Final Report represents a tremendous volume of work which included not only the comprehensive sampling and analysis, but before the Final Report could be finalized and published, such sample results were subjected to a rigorous and painstaking quality assurance review process to ensure accuracy. The Final Report, including its appendices, provides a detailed explanation and analysis of the sampling results. To appreciate the depth of analysis performed by Leader, the underlying data alone that was compiled and analyzed encompasses almost six thousand pages. The Final Report can be found through the link below. The Final Report will also be available in the District’s main office and the local public library.

To summarize the key findings:

• Some in our community have been concerned about such chemicals as trichloroethylene (TCE) and methyl t-butyl ether (MTBE) may be present on the campus and causing adverse health impacts. I am very pleased to tell you that the testing results do not show any detectable levels of trichloroethylene, methyl t-butyl ether, formaldehyde, or mercury.

• The air sampling revealed only compounds expected to be found in multi-purpose educational buildings, like Le Roy Junior/Senior High School, and most important, the levels of the substances detected were in all cases below applicable standards and criteria associated with potential health impacts and in most cases well below such standards.

• The substances found in the soil and water are commonly found in residential neighborhoods and parklands and, with one exception, were well below applicable standards and criteria associated with potential health impacts. There were no unexpected findings on the Junior/Senior High School Campus setting given its residential and recreational use and the past uses of the site. The one exception was that arsenic, a metal naturally occurring in soils in this part of the country, was detected in
one soil sample at the base of a gas well’s brine tank. It was present at a concentration slightly above certain regulatory criteria but within the norm for soils in this region. Given the level found, it is not a health risk.

• You may have been aware that during the air testing phase, Leader recommended we raise the height of the exhaust stacks connected to our boiler as on occasion a down draft would cause an exhaust odor in the boiler room and in the hallway near the boiler room. While not considered a health issue, the odor was an annoyance and so we proceeded with this project in March. Additional work will be done this summer so that this issue is effectively alleviated.

With respect to the costs associated with the testing, the state has so far committed to covering the stack project and 92% of Leader’s costs, which is truly good news for everyone in the District. We are hopeful that other incidental costs will also be supported by the state.

The best news of all is that our students are doing well. The Board of Education and I want to thank all of our students, staff and parents, as well as everyone in the community for their support and patience as we worked through this situation over the last several months. You all worked hard to ensure our students remained focused on their education, and for that I am truly grateful.

It is critical that at this time with year-end testing and special activities, and to ensure the District can continue to focus on our students, that we maintain a sense of calm and normalcy. At the same time we recognize that some may have additional questions. For that reason we are directing all questions you may have regarding the Leader report to Bill Albert at walbert@harrisbeach.com. Bill will make every effort to be responsive to your question or that it is received by the person in the best position to provide an answer.

I wish everyone a safe and happy summer.

Thank you,


Kim Cox

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