Jordan-Elbridge school district declares environmental 'emergency'

The Jordan-Elbridge School Board Wednesday declared an emergency and voted to spend $500,000 to clean up asbestos, lead and radon after an inspection found contamination at three schools.

The board voted to use $500,000 from its general fund to pay for the cleanup of the environmental problems found at the Jordan-Elbridge High School, Ramsdell Middle School and the Elbridge Elementary School.

Superintendent James Froio told the West Onondaga County Journal that the environmental problems were found during a health and wellness inspection done earlier this year in connection with the $9.7 million capital project approved by the voters in February.

The district will remove lead contaminated soil and clean adjacent surfaces from the former high school basement rifle range, remove asbestos contaminated soil in the Ramsdell basement and install radon mitigation systems and seal exposed soils in the basement and crawl spaces at Ramsdell and at the Elbridge Elementary School.

In May, the district placed some sinks off limits after test samples showed that water from them had lead levels that exceeded federal guidelines.


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