LCS to discuss 'lead levels' at December meeting

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 23, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Leon County Schools will discuss the issue of elevated levels of lead in some schools' drinking water at a meeting in mid-December.

Rocky Hanna, sworn in as the district's new Superintendent on Tuesday, said that LCS will begin to lay our their plan at a board meeting on December 13.

In October, LCS officials said several schools within the district had elevated levels of lead in the water fountains and some cafeteria faucets. One school had levels that tested nearly 25 parts per billion (ppb).

The American Academy of Pediatrics says lead in drinking water shouldn't be over one ppb. Local allergist Dr. Ronald Saff says that "anything higher than zero is not safe."

Lead isn't the only issue hanging over the school board. There's a current FBI investigation into the bidding process on school district construction contracts during previous Superintendent Jackie Pons' tenure.

Hanna told WCTV Tuesday night that he won't play favorites and will stay out of the process.

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