Streetsboro — In response to concerns expressed by some residents, Streetsboro City Schools Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh has said the district will pay for an air quality study at the future site of the new Streetsboro High School.
The new school will be built on Route 14 across from Laurel Lane and Deer Meadow Boulevard. The site is next to Jefferson Materials, an asphalt plant.
Some residents have expressed concern that dust from the plant may not be healthy for students and fans outside during athletic practices and games.
“Asphalt plants are very regulated,” said Daulbaugh. He also said the school site is “downwind” of the plant and surrounded by trees which should help prevent dust from settling on the school site. “We don’t believe it’s an issue, but God forbid we build the high school and there was an issue.”
City Council member Jeff Allen, who is among those concerned about dust, said he’s happy to hear the school district is doing a study as part of its due diligence.
“I would be very happy to see this done to put the residents minds at ease,” he said. “Hopefully they’ll carry it to the next level and do an entire healthy impact assessment.”
Daulbaugh said he doesn’t yet know what firm will conduct the study or how much it will cost. It would be subcontracted as part of the school facilities project.