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Radon Tests Completed With No Concerns

Radon Tests Completed With No Concerns

The district has completed radon testing after some parents expressed concerns—and it was determined that all buildings are safe.

Board of education vice president Patrick Breslin announced at the May 8 meeting that a total of 900 tests were done throughout the district to ensure that all buildings are safe.

“This is the first time this has been done in five years or more, but we did the testing to assuage anyone’s concerns,” he said. “There are no state requirements to do these at any interval.”

With the first tests done, Breslin said, all but three came back without any concerns.

“But those three were retested, and they came back with no concern,” he said. “It was 900 tests and 900 results back below the state level of concern.”

In addition, Breslin said, the district has been discussing the baseball field at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and there have been discussions concerning outside groups that might want to raise funding to make improvements to the field in the sports complex.

But, Breslin said, if those improvements are made, the field would only be used for baseball, and nothing else.

“With that consideration, it causes problems with the number of athletic events, including phys ed use,” he said. “[High school athletic director] John Maggio has recommended against this.”

“If we dedicate that field area only to baseball, that causes problems to training and a number of other programs,” Breslin added.

Also in board of education news, board member Lynne Hurley said the finance committee is recommending renewal of contracts with the district food services company and custodial company, Pritchard Industries.

And, Hurley said, lunch prices are going to increase by about 10 cents in accordance with requirements from the state.

Finally, board member Cindy Cullen said the high school currently has 12 floating positions for the upcoming year, and one is possible for an additional librarian.

“That’s under discussion,” she said. “We are looking for board input into that, whether we would be opposed to filling one of those floating positions with another librarian.”

Both Breslin and board member Jeffrey Brookner said they are very much in favor of adding another librarian, but a vote was not taken at this time.

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