Mom who called for lead tests says PPS failed

Creston mom Heidi Jandro is the one who originally requested lead tests in schools

A water fountain at Creston School in Portland, May 30, 2016 (KOIN)
A water fountain at Creston School in Portland, May 30, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Creston School mom is speaking up about how she feels Portland Public Schools failed parents.

Heidi Jandro’s name showed up several times in a series of emails obtained by KOIN 6 News about the elevated lead levels found in several schools.

Those emails revealed Superintendent Carole Smith received emails about lead testing on March 22, but in a public hearing on May 31, she said she had only just become aware of the situation.

Jandro, who has 2 kids at Creston, is the one who requested lead testing in schools in the first place after she learned there had not been comprehensive water tests done since 2001.

She said school officials were originally indifferent about testing until she and other parents pressed them.

Jandro told KOIN 6 News she has lost some confidence in the school board, but is glad the issues are being resolved now.

“It’s about ‘let’s be sure going forward our kids are safe,'” Jandro said. “And that’s what we’re working here to do at Creston. We’ve been working for a few months on making sure we’re gonna have some safe drinking fountains in the fall.”

Jandro said as a parent, she thinks Portland Public Schools failed her. “I think they did,” she said. “I think that’s pretty clear.”

The Parent Teacher Associated raised $2,000 for new fountains that arrived Friday, but now PPS officials say they can’t install them yet.

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