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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, April 16, 2015, Page A10, Image 10

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Safe from pttife /I I with a goal of bringing all the grades back together on the same campus in Fall 2015. i Lowrance Middle moved to Atkins High School, a countywide mag net high school with a STEM focus. For the 2015-2016 school year, Hanes Middle will be housed at the for mer Hill Middle School and Lowrance will stay at Atkins High School. Documents made pub lic by WS/FCS state that the school system became aware of possible contami nation beneath the schools in 1995, when Kaba Ilco asked to install under ground monitoring wells on the property. The system placed emphasis on the fact that drinking water was not affected because the schools are served by a public water supply not drawn to the groundwater. Indoor air quality tests have also been done since 2005. Studies found that there were elevated levels in roughly three classrooms in 2006. The air inside Hanes and Lowrance schools was tested in May 2014 after Kaba Ilco and WS/FCS discussed installing a reme diation system on the Hanes/Lowrance property and the possibility of WS/FCS building on the site. Those levels, analyzed by engineering firm S&ME, were found to be "below the applicable stan dards, and generally less than or equal to the prior tests results." "I spent a lot of time talking with DENR, both in Winston-Salem and Raleigh ... two people from Piedmont Geological, and I've since talked to several environmental engineers and nobody supports clos ing the school in the scien tific community. Given that it was a STEM school, I would especially hope that we pay attention to scien tific data to drive our deci sion," Motsinger quipped. She went on to say that there are 93 sites like this in Forsyth County that are on the inactive hazardous waste site list and that Hanes/Lowrance is not one of them. She said that she feels the problem could have been fixed with edu cation, without the "sensa tionalism of the Winston Salem Journal and parents who did not live in the neighborhood." 'To me, the public real ly needs to understand that all of the urban counties in the state have some of this contamination as a legacy. We used to not test, we used to not have NC DENR and the EPA, and regula tions that said what you can and can't test. So when people were pouring these chemicals directly in the dirt, they had no idea what the consequences would be. There will be no safe place for your children if we poison our water. That's the big message. All of our children will be effected by the environmental choices we make," Motsinger said. "There is no danger. It's about concentration. Some soil vapor intrusion dissi pates so fast that there real ly isn't a danger for kids to be outside playing in the playground or in the grass. It's not that I'm ignoring it. It's not that I don't care. The air quality of the build ing there is no different than my house, their house, where you go to work or where I go to work." The school board voted unanimously on March 10 to spend $15.5 million to build a new Lowrance Middle School on the cam pus of Paisley IB Magnet School. The money will come from a $42.6 million request from the Forsyth County Commissioners foi building projects. Board member Vic Johnson said that he feels the parents made the deci sion to close the school when they stopped sending their children. "When over 100 kids 2 day started staying out oi school, sometimes 180 that's disruptive. They made a decision that they would not send their kids," he said. Johnson said that at the time the school board didn't know how serious the problem was or if they could test, every year. He said that ultimately deter mined why the move was needed, for him. He said that Motsinger is allowed her opinion and he admits he doesn't know the magnitude of the prob lem. "The school is 65 years old. We can't build any thing else on the property. I felt we needed to move the kids since we had the space at another school," he said. "This isn't one of those right or wrong questions. My kids went to Lowrance and Hanes. I imagine if that situation rose at that point in time I would want my kids out of there. We don't know what the problems could've been later on. Safety is the number one thing I'm concerned about and I wouldn't bet my life on it. You just don't know." Unlike Johnson, Motsinger maintains that the children could have stayed in the school with out being in danger. "I would never send our kids to school if I thought it was not safe for them to be there. We didn't close it (the school) because it was unsafe. It got closed for political reasons, but not for true safety reasons. It was fear, not reality," she said. "If I thought that kids who lived there were unsafe, then I would be up in arms about it. The reality is that those kids don't stop being our kids just because they're not in school. They're our kids 24 hours a day, seven days a week." Motsinger said that she feels that the money spent on testing, what she esti mated as $85,000, could have been better used else where in the school system. "To spend that type of money to move them out of a safe school when we need books, we need our kids to leam how to read and we have children who are liv ing in Winston-Salem who aren't getting their needs met? That's where I want our money to go. 1 have to protect resources to make that possible for them." The city's Stormwater and Erosion Control department recently announced their newest project to measure soil that may be contaminated. The city will implement moni toring wells in the aiea that will determine how far the pollutant plum surrounding Kaba Uco has migrated and how it impacts surrounding residents and the city from 28th Street on down. The company has signed an agreement with officials from the state to implement a plan to treat the soil and remove the vapors. Stormwater Manager Keith Huff told citizens at a recent town hall meeting that the main pollutants found in the ground were tetrachloroethene, trichlorothene and 1 - Dichloroethene, all com mon chemicals that can be found in common house hold agents. The solvents are used in dry cleaning, cleaning of metal machin ery and to manufacture consumer products and chemicals. Those vapors can come up through the soil, and in enough concen trations, can make its way through a slab in the build ings. The city will sample the groundwaters, soil, soil vapor, surface water and the drinking water system in areas south of 28th Street. For more information on a list of sites, visit http .//portal .ncdenr.brglq/d ocument_library/get_file?u uid=bc36cebd'0da 1-4199 b e 4 c 1044a7fl343c&groupld=3 8361. SPECIAL TO THE rnpnMy7|f . Winston-Salem Police Chief Barry D. Rountree presented several commen dation awards to police department employees on Friday, April 10 in the Public Safety Center Auditorium. The awards presented were the 2014 Employee of the Year, 2014 Officer of the Year and the Medal of Merit Award. *2014 Employee of the Year - Public Safety Communication Supervisor J. F. Koppang *2014 Officer of the Year - Police Officer M. P. Moore ?The Medal of Merit - Cpl. D. G. Smith and Officer D. W. Smith Corporal (Cpl.) D. G. Smith and Officer D. W. Smith were awarded the Medal of Merit for their actions on January 17, 2015 at 9:04 p.m. involv ing a traffic accident with reported injuries. "fVg Medal of Merit is awarded when an employ ee performs in a manner that exceeded department standards, and; such act included some degree of hazard to the life and limb of the nominee, and; was intended to prevent a prob able loss of life or serious injury. Officer M. P. Moore was awarded Officer of the Year for his actions on May 4,2014, when Moore saved a woman's life from a burning home. PSCS Julie Koppang was awarded 2014 Employee of the Year for her work in helping to locate a missing person by acting as a liaison between police and a cell phone car rier. Police Department employees receive commendations Koppang Moore SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOODS (NORTH OF BETHABARA PARK BLVD.) Meet with City Council Member Denise D. Adams to discuss bond projects, leaf collection and Duke Energy tree trimming and other topics of interest. TUESDAY, APRIL 21 6 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. horthwarocounc^mw1 DENISE D. ADAMS iS) Wlnston-Salpm United Baptist Church 5815 Murray Road, Winston-Salem North Ward City Neighborhoods Meeting - April 30, Hanes Hosiery Recreation center i/t* What is Charofter? The action you take to carry out the values, -elhics and morals thdl you believe in. Consistency between what you soy you will do and what you actually do. Putting the ethics into action. 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