Toms River schools move to clean up lead
Toms River school officials sought to reassure parents Friday after test results found high lead levels in a couple of buildings.
Toms River Superintendent David Healy says it's not uncommon to find lead in buildings constructed before 1978, but any positive tests must be addressed quickly.
"Districts are taking action," he says. "The state is mandating it. And in the end, we are going to remove potential hazards that could affect our children and our staff."
Last July, the state mandated testing of lead levels in every district. So far, out of 23 buildings in Toms River tested, results show high lead levels in at least two schools: West Dover and Washington Street elementary schools.
Dover tested positive in four areas. Washington Street found seven. Healy says none of the findings were related to drinking water sources.
Healy says the district has marked the locations and made plans to fix them. Further testing results will be publicly available.