School district undeveloped land contaminated by lead, mercury; Clark, IHS not affected

December 8, 2008

New soil tests of the Issaquah School District’s 1.8-acre undeveloped property east of Clark Elementary School show high levels of contaminants, like lead, chromium and mercury.

But the district is in compliance with state regulations regarding the contaminated soils on the property, which is also adjacent to Issaquah High School.

District officials conducted the latest round of tests on the property, about 200 yards from Clark, after community members expressed concerns that children there and at Issaquah High are being exposed to lead.

“Anytime we receive concerns about any part of our operations, we take actions to address the issues and respond to whatever is required of us,” said Steve Crawford, director of capital projects for the district.

Similarly, there were questions regarding the district’s asbestos removal records at Clark. However, district officials are in full compliance with state and federal asbestos regulations, as indicated by the most recent asbestos inspection, in August 2006. The inspections are conducted every three years.

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Committee finalizes boundary recommendations

October 22, 2008

After eight months of work, the school district’s Boundary Review Committee finalized new boundary recommendations Oct. 15. Read more

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