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WARREN School official unveils plan



Published: Fri, February 14, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Pupils and teachers complained of a chemical odor that caused their eyes to burn.

WARREN -- The city school district continues work at Devon Elementary School to address problems that caused the building to be evacuated last month.

James Russo, executive director of business operations, sent a letter Monday to parents and staff at the school detailing actions taken since a Jan. 27 meeting and those that will be taken.

"We'll continue to update parents and staff as we make progress," Russo said.

The school was evacuated and the building was closed for a day because of a complaint of a chemical odor in the building.

Some teachers and students complained of burning eyes.

The building also had been evacuated earlier that week when a chemical odor from the boiler system permeated through the school. Another evacuation occurred in November.

Repairs

According to Russo's letter, all unit ventilators have been repaired and allow the proper flow of outside air into the rooms.

The head custodian is monitoring the ventilators daily to insure they're free of debris and the filters are being inspected weekly. All room thermostats have been either calibrated or replaced to ensure the ventilators operate properly and the head custodian is monitoring the thermostats twice daily.

The boilers are operating without added boiler treatment and are chemical free.

The district contracted with the EA Group of Mentor to start follow-up air testing at the school and monitoring of temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide Monday.

The EA Group will interview staff and collect information to determine what additional testing needs to be done.

"We expect results of the additional testing to be done in two to three weeks," Russo said.

dick@vindy.com




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