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Air quality assessment planned for site of new Streetsboro High School

Published: August 20, 2014 12:49 PM

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.

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doc54 Aug 25, 2014 11:09 AM

Actually the school would predominately be upwind not downwind I think there must have been a misunderstanding of the words. Just take a look at a prevailing winds map.

An air study is being done to ease the fears of a VERY few community members who have raised a concern about it. This is probably not money the District wanted to spend but they are doing so in order to satisfy everyone. Given how highly regulated the production of asphalt is by the EPA I cannot imagine a negative finding. Do the workers at asphalt plants wear chemical suits, breathing gear? No they don't and they are right on top of it where the concentrations would be the highest.

The community voted to pass the bond issue to build on the route 14 site, the building site was made very clear at numerous board meetings and in the advertising for the issues.


whizzard Aug 25, 2014 9:34 AM

The school would be predominantly down wind.  But what about the days it's not? 

Those who live around there choose to live there and probably weren't there the day the wind was blowing across their proptery. 

They don't allow latex anywhere near Maplewood Career Center, does that mean the emissions from the asphalt plant aren't as problematic as latex (latex gloves).

Are there double standards being established because of the alimighty dollar?  Are these people really dead set on this so bad that an air study has to be conducted to appease people?  Seriously?  Then we have to do a land study?  All these studies to appease a group of 3 people that what they are doing is right.  All this cost that wouldn't be if the chose the path of the popular majority.

Alternatives are available and they are searching for every excuse they can to continue on what may possibly be a disater or skirting disaster.

The majority of the community, a very large majority wanted the high school on one campus and the board continually turns a blind eye to the majority's request.  Then they want the community to pass two renewals in November.  Arrogance at it's finest.

How interesting. 

Martin Fleming