Message from the Superintendent for FJC Parents/Guardians

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December 15, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am writing as a follow up to the offensive odor detected at the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School in late November.

At that time, it was noted that the problem was the result of the smell of exhaust wafting down from the building’s chimney. Although the chimney position and construction had not changed since the building opened approximately 40 years ago, this year the offensive odor was more pronounced.

As the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority, the district took several proactive and precautionary actions following this incident. Students learning in these spaces were relocated, an air quality control test was commissioned (a copy of which is available on the district’s website) and the district’s architect began work on a plan to address what he assessed to be the root of the problem – the height of the chimney.

As I communicated in earlier writings, the air quality testing confirmed our initial findings that the smell did not possess any immediate or long-term danger to the health or welfare of our students and staff. While these results did provide relief to parents, the district continued to work on a chimney extension to ensure that the problem did not repeat in the future.

I am happy to report that this project is now complete and the chimney is presently exhausting at a height 14 feet greater than before. Although it is our expectation that this change will place the chimney exhaust odors at a height where they are carried away from the building and, hence, not noticeable in our indoor spaces, we will monitor this situation through the winter and spring to ensure that the change produced the desired results.

On behalf of the district, I extend my deep appreciation to our families for their patience and understanding during this process, as well as to our staff members who helped to ensure the students’ instructional time was minimally affected.

I hope your family enjoys a happy holiday season and a healthy New Year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael F. Ring
Superintendent of Schools