New Lebanon School test findings show arsenic on baseball field

Greenwich Public Schools has been notified of a high exceedance of arsenic on the baseball field adjacent to the New Lebanon School. While the investigation is not complete, the level of arsenic required our consultant to notify us prior to the completion of delineation sampling. The level of arsenic has triggered State reporting limits and requires remediation.

We expect that the exceedance is no larger than 20 feet in diameter and two feet deep. The area of concern is inside the protection fencing, which was erected in April and is not accessible to the public. Information related to the delineation investigation is still developing and GPS will share this information as it becomes available.

For health and safety related questions contact Greenwich Health Department: Michael Long, director of Environmental Service, [email protected] or 203-987-1001.

Connecticut Department of Health: 860-509-8000 or visit ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3115&q=387254&dphNav_GID=1601

ATSDR Fact Sheet on Arsenic: atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tfacts2.pdf

New Lebanon School Building Project Background

Greenwich Public Schools is proposing a long-term, multifaceted solution for accelerating achievement and addressing the achievement gap, racial imbalance, and facility utilization difficulties as presented in the 2014 State approved Racial Balance Plan. The proposed New Lebanon Elementary School will be built to attract students from the entire town who are interested in an International Baccalaureate (IB) education. The facility must be sized to accept the larger enrollment from the catchment area, add space for magnet students, and add classrooms to restore the pre-kindergarten program.

New Lebanon Elementary School was originally built in 1956. Four classrooms were added in 1992. The pre-kindergarten program was moved out of the school for the 2012/13 school year and the kindergarten program moved out in 2014/15 school year to address overcrowding and relieve strain on the facility. Many of the classrooms are sized correctly, but all the special classrooms, gym, administration, and small group learning rooms are undersized. The smaller than average cafeteria and kitchen impact the school schedule.

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