Lead Testing for School Drinking Water (Grafton Town Clerk)

Eesha Pendharkar filed this request with the Grafton Town Clerk of Grafton, MA.
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From: Eesha Pendharkar

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. A list of all schools under the jurisdiction of this agency.
2. All results for individual lead testing conducted by your town/city on drinking water in schools under the jurisdiction of this agency since January 1, 2017.
3. All meeting minutes or communications - including but not limited to memos, emails, notes, and analytical reports - regarding:
a. the decision to decline MA DEP assistance - technical or otherwise - for the testing of school drinking water
b. levels of lead found in water used by schools under the jurisdiction of this agency since 1 January, 2017.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection database for school drinking water testing for lead, public schools within this town did not volunteer for the state's assistance program, which offered free testing to schools.
(For reference: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/testing-assistance-for-lead-in-school-drinking-water.html)

Please provide this information on a rolling basis or contact me at eesha@bu.edu if you have any questions at all about the contents of this request.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Eesha Pendharkar

From: Grafton Town Clerk

Good Afternoon,

This office is in receipt of your request for public records information
for school information and lead testing. We will be forwarding this request
to our School Department and will be in contact with you if any changes are
incurred while filling your request. Please be advised we have 10 business
days to respond to your request or notify you that more time will be needed
and any applicable fees. Please feel free to contact us if you require any
further assistance and have a great night!

Thank you,

Kandy

Kandy Lavallee CMC

Interim Town Clerk

Town Clerks Office

30 Providence Road

Grafton, MA 01519

508-839-5335 x1122

508-839-4602- Fax

LavalleeK@grafton-ma.gov

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From: Grafton Town Clerk

Good afternoon,

A request was made to the Town Clerk for information related to water
testing within the Grafton Public Schools. The email suggested that the
district did not participate in the DEP water testing program, while in
fact it did. Testing results were received two weeks ago. I provided
responses below (in blue), please reach out to me if you have any questions.

-Jay

Jay Cummings
Superintendent of Schools

1. A list of all schools under the jurisdiction of this agency.
Grafton High School, Grafton Middle School, Millbury Street Elementary
Schools, North Street Elementary School, South Grafton Elementary School,
North Grafton Elementary School

2. All results for individual lead testing conducted by your town/city on
drinking water in schools under the jurisdiction of this agency since
January 1, 2017.
DEP Testing Results on their website and
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pnsUUg6TClnojU5o3B3Gvv7a_lBTopeP

3. All meeting minutes or communications - including but not limited to
memos, emails, notes, and analytical reports - regarding:
a. the decision to decline MA DEP assistance - technical or otherwise - for
the testing of school drinking water
Grafton Public Schools applied and was accepted into the testing program in
2017.
b. levels of lead found in water used by schools under the jurisdiction of
this agency since 1 January, 2017. DEP testing results on their website
and https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pnsUUg6TClnojU5o3B3Gvv7a_lBTopeP

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