More than a few Wake County parents have complained over the years about their children being reassigned to a new school, but they don’t typically question whether that school is environmentally safe.
As noted in today’s article, Northern Wake County parents showed up at Thursday’s community meeting to ask questions about the second draft of the 2015-16 student assignment proposal. But one parent asked if it’s safe to send his child to the new Abbotts Creek Elementary School opening next year on the site of the former North Wake Landfill.
The father asked if the district would provide air quality and soil quality samples, saying he’s concerned about the school posing respiratory issues for students. He said he has a child with very severe asthma.
“That’s a concern for our children’s lives,” the parent said.
Joe Desormeaux, assistant superintendent for facilities, responded that Abbotts Creek is being built on the borrow site of the landfill. That’s where dirt was removed to cover the waste and not where the waste itself was buried.
Desormeaux said that environmental studies done on the school site had found no problems.
Desormeaux also said that it wasn’t a normal landfill. He said there were no hazardous chemicals and it was relatively new so it was built under stricter federal requirements. He also noted how the City of Raleigh is using the site for park and recreation space.
“All the proper tests have been done,” Desormeaux said. “There’s no issues.”