Sycamore ES Update









Sycamore ES Update

          Next school year, GCPS will open eight new schools. In past weeks, one of those schools, Sycamore ES, has received disproportionate attention about the location of the school. While many parents were satisfied that Sycamore ES is a safe learning environment, others expressed a desire for more testing of the site before it opened. At the Thursday, April 17, 2003, Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting, results from recent testing of the soil, water, and air at the school site were shared confirming that Sycamore Elementary is safe.

          In his presentation to the School Board, Jim Walsh, an independent environmental engineer who is an expert on landfills, reported on the testing results. He assured the Board the landfills present no environmental risks to the school. The students and staff of Sycamore Elementary will face no greater environmental danger than each of us faces every day in any of the places where we live, work, and play. To give parents an even greater level of reassurance, however, he recommended the school system put in place an ongoing ambient air-monitoring program at the school. GCPS is moving forward with implementing that recommendation now. In addition, an ad hoc advisory committee that includes parents and Sycamore staff will be formed to review and observe the on-going monitoring.

          The school system sent the letter below to parents of students who will attend Sycamore Elementary, sharing information about the testing, the results, and the recommendations that have been made. In addition, Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and the members of the Board of Education have expressed their commitment to open communication with the Sycamore Elementary community.

          Letter_to_Sycamore_Parents_041803.pdf