Washington Township school board holds meeting to address gym floor mercury concerns

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Low levels of mercury emitting from rubber gym floors at several schools in Washington Township, Gloucester County prompted a special school board meeting to address safety concerns.

To be clear, the levels of mercury are well below levels considered dangerous and there’s no immediate threat. 

Connie Baker came to the meeting just to be sure school officials were on top of it.

“My daughter is a physician and a chemical engineer, and we had a conversation. She said she’s not alarmed about her children, two of them at Wedgewood School, being in the gym. She has a problem though if they were there when the abatement would be going on,” Baker said. 

Related: Washington Twp. school board plans to replace gym floors tested positive for mercury

The district has hired an engineering firm to make sure the project is properly handled. 

Superintendent Joe Bollendorf says the top priority is the safety of students and staff and he was happy to see so many people attend the meeting. 

“I’m proud of the activism on their part, and they were right. They pushed a lot of buttons that helped speed this along. I know that this board is committed to doing the right thing,” Bollendorf said. 

He says they will begin getting bids on the jobs right away and the district will post any updates to its website

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