2 PPS employees on leave during lead investigation

Two employees have also been placed on paid administrative leave

Portland Public Schools are shutting off all drinking fountains after lead was found in the water. (KOIN)
Portland Public Schools are shutting off all drinking fountains after lead was found in the water. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Following the discovery of elevated lead levels in school drinking water, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith announced 2 employees have been placed on paid administrative leave.

One of those employees is COO Tony Magliano.

Elevated lead levels were found in 2 schools, Creston and Rose City Park. Drinking fountains in all schools have since been shut off and bottled water is being used for the remainder of the school year.

PPS has also hired law firm Stoll Berne to investigate the situation.

Stoll Berne will look deeper into what led to the delays in shutting off the water last week. The investigation will review protocols and personnel to see if mismanagement by administrators is to blame.

“We look forward to their swift and thorough review so we can share their findings and take any corrective action necessary,” said Board Chair Tom Koehler.

Parents of PPS students have been speaking out this week in meetings with school officials. Some people are even calling for Smith to resign or be fired.

 

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