UPDATE: As a result of Tacoma Public Schools setting a new, lower standard for lead in school drinking water at 15 parts per billion, the list of schools with possible lead problems continues to grow. The district posted this message on its website Wednesday evening:
Spokeswoman Edie Jeffers says the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is working with Tacoma Schools to evaluate their water testing protocols. She also said the state doesn't have a historic concern with lead in the water.
One day after revealing lead in water at 2 Tacoma schools – Mann and Reed elementary – Tacoma Public Schools invites media to watch follow up water testing at both schools conducted by Orion Environmental Services of Federal Way.
Voters in University Place, Eatonville and unincorporated Pierce County have until Tuesday at 8 p.m. to cast their ballots in a special election that will decide tax measures for schools, parks and emergency services.
Olympic View Elementary School students Rachael Heaton,10, and her nine year-old sister Christina were treated to a surprise April 20th homecoming visit from their dad, Lt. Col. Ralph Heaton, who had just returned from a year's deployment in Afghanistan. Coordinated by the Olympic View staff members Lt. Col. Heaton greeted the teary-eyed sisters as the member of the 7th Infantry Division was welcomed with a large round of applause and cheers as he entered the Lacey school's library with their mother Andrea. The Heatons plan to enjoy the reunion. They have a busy early summer with Lt. Col. Heaton accepting a post transfer to Oklahoma in June after the end of the school year.
Some Fircrest parents say they are no happier now than when Tacoma Public Schools first told them about construction delays that will keep the new Wainwright Intermediate School from opening on time this fall.