Teachers may take action in Easton

(08/08/03) EASTON - Some teachers in Easton are considering legal action against the town and board of education over health concerns at Samuel Staples Elementary School on Morehouse Road. The teachers say there are health hazards at the school, and that the town is not taking the concerns seriously.

Jonathan Spodnick, an attorney contacted by the teachers, says numerous staff members have evidence of infections, and there has been physical evidence of mold and dampness in the building, as well as air quality and circulation issues. Inspections, however, have shown otherwise.

First Selectman Bill Kupinse (R) says an industrial building expert inspected the school and found no scientific evidence. However, he does admit there are problems with the 70-year-old building that are being addressed. All the carpeting in the old wing was removed, and is being replaced with tiling. Some asbestos was also removed from the building.

The town's health director and Selectman Kupinse say there are no immediate health issues regarding the school, but there is still concern. Kupinse says officials are trying to address the possible causes of the reported health problems.

The air quality and mold levels in the school were recently tested again, and the town expects to have those results within the next week. Attorney Spodnick says those results will help determine the direction of this case.


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