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Ohio AFL-CIO chief: School district should
"move the River Valley students immediately"

       

Ohio AFL-CIO
395 Broad Street, Suite 300
Columbus, Ohio 43215

March 9, 2001

Tom Shade, School Board Superintendent
River Valley Schools
1704 Westminster Road
Marion, Ohio 43302

Dear Mr. Shade:

Our organization represents over 800,000 workers and families in the state of Ohio, including several thousand in Marion County. Additionally, I am the father of four (4) River Valley High School graduates and stepfather of two (2) others. We are very concerned about River Valley High School still functioning at a location with the problems we have heard about as follows:

  • River Valley property has the presence of multiple chemicals (some of which are cancer-causing chemicals at amounts which exceed acceptable levels by the U.S. EPA).
  • Flawed investigations and investigation cover-ups, which were disclosed by a federal judge.

We therefore believe it is important to move the River Valley studentsw immediately and not expose them to any more health risks. Citizens have already voted for relocation, everyone knows of the contamination and they should not be at this facility waiting for a new school to be built.

It is further my understanding that Tri-Rivers Vocational School is willing to provide space for temporary classrooms in the interim period of construction of new River Valley schools.

Thank you for your consideration.

Very truly yours,

William A. Burga
President

cc:
Mid-Ohio AFL-CIO
Marion Star newspaper
WMRN radio

Shade reply, Mar 12.