Heating and Ventilation and Newman School Building History
Archive of documents from the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Team
In late 2007, the Newman Elementary School's heating and ventilation system in the east part of the building failed, resulting in significant indoor air quality problems for students and staff. Since then a number of committees and experts have contributed to ongoing air quality monitoring, remediation planning and execution, and communication regarding efforts to ensure the health and safety of Newman Elementary School.
A coordinating committee of Town, State, school and community members, called the Indoor Air Quality Team (IAQ) met regularly during most of 2008 and into 2009. Many of the minutes, reports, and communications from that time period are available at the Newman Remediation website. To review the historical documents click on Newman remediation history.
Information About Scope Provided to Town Meeting in Spring 2009
On May 12, 2008, a Special Town Meeting appropriated $650,000 for the installation of a temporary heating/ventilation system in the east wing of the Newman School, and for the development of a feasibility study for long-term solutions. In March 2009 the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) signaled its interest in partnering with Needham, which could result in reimbursement of up to 40% of project costs. That led to a May, 2009 Special Town Meeting. The attached Town Meeting FAQ answers questions relevant in spring 2009.
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