The primary goal of the Facilities & Transportation Department is to provide a safe environment that enhances the educational process for our students, staff, and community. Achieving this goal requires the coordination, management and efficient operation of the following areas:
We conducted lead and copper testing on all fixtures throughout the district in 2002. At that time, we took actions to reduce lead levels at locations that exceed EPA action level guidelines. Actions included replacement of fixtures or plumbing and re-testing.
We test the well water at Mt. View and Dixie School annually in compliance with state drinking water program guidelines. Muddy Creek Charter School maintains the water system at Inavale School.
Based on issues that have arisen in other school districts this spring and early summer, our district is taking precautionary steps to test for lead in drinking water in all schools and facilities and developing standard protocols to address any issues that are found.
We are actively reviewing our water management plan. This summer we will collect samples from all classroom sinks, drinking fountains, and kitchens in all school buildings. Samples will be tested by an independent, third party environmental lab with results expected in August. If any elevated lead levels are found, we will take steps to address the cause and provide a safe environment for students and staff. We will immediately:
Stop the water from being consumed and provide safe drinking water.
Identify and eliminate the source of lead.
Re-test water to make sue it is safe for students and staff.
Notify parents, students, and staff of the results and actions taken.
47 fixtures were sampled in the initial testing. 12 fixtures showed elevated lead levels at or above 20 parts per billion (ppb) on the first draw of water that had been dormant overnight in the following areas: Classrooms 3, 9, 11, 17, 18, Library, Gym, and Kitchen
We will continue to provide updates on this page. Questions may be directed to Kim Patten, Director of Facilities and Transportation at 541-757-5877.
The full lab report for Jefferson Elementary is available here.
Where to learn more:
• Environmental Protection Agency: Learn About Lead
• Environmental Protection Agency: Protect Your Family from Exposures to Lead
• Centers for Disease Control: Information for Parents About Lead
• Oregon Health Authority: General Information for Parents About Lead
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