Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 10:11:28 -0500
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Subject: mercury- final questions

From: 	rpschoon**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: 	mercury- final questions
Date: 	November 21, 2007 7:06:36 PM EST


Having met with some admin. on Monday, angering them/ calling them out  
to account/ and having the audacity to say mercury  did indeed spill  
in the classroom over a 38 year period (admin. quote: "we don't know  
that mercury spilled in that room"- to which we called the former  
retired teacher and he admitted that he, of course didn't break any  
thermometers himself but students did on occasion.....), I got a  
hearing with the Supt.

He was open, responsive, and read every article you all had sent me on  
the subject overnight.  We discussed drain traps, floor cracks, my  
chem closet, etc.

An email was sent out that very night to notify our other middle  
school in the hypothetical district said they would be testing ALL  
rooms previously used as science classrooms in both of our middle  
schools (the other school had a teacher using mercury thermometers up  
until June 2006 for many, many years as well).

We will be using (as the email stated):
"Pursuant to a concern raised by a science teacher, xxx and xxxx have
arranged for a mercury testing company to test each of our science rooms
in both schools for mercury as we do not know what may have happened in
the past when thermometers broke"  "The rooms will be tested during  
the winter break using a Lumex 915 that is very sensitive to mercury  
vapors. Each room will be heated to 85-95 degrees, the temperature at  
which mercury vaporizes."  Not sure what a Lumex 915 is....

1. Should this teacher be concerned about mercury having been brought  
home with him somehow? (he has small children)

2. This teacher is considering going to the Dr. to make sure mercury  
isn't in him (any suggestions or thoughts? The teacher has been in the  
room since a year ago August 2006).

3.  A rolling table with storage drawers was removed and taken to  
another science room, I am going to suggest testing this room/ area as  
well (yes/no?)

4. Does "Pursuant to a concern raised by a science teacher..." in the  
email make me the bad guy or am I just reading into this thing?

5. Any other "CYA" advice? The teacher has confided in another science  
teacher (present throughout all the meetings ), the union rep of the  
building, and his teacher mentor- all trustworthy and "get it" as far  
as gossip containment/ not getting everyone all worked up in the  
district or community.  I was considering speaking to the president of  
the teacher's union so that in the event of something coming my way, I  
don't have to spend time getting people up to speed on these events  

Again, I appreciate you all and have taken much comfort in your  
expertise and concern.

How can I join ACS?!
Rob Schoonveld

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