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Review finds PPS had no lead in water testing plans for last 15 years

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A new report was released Monday that outlines how Portland Public Schools have addressed concerns over lead levels in drinking water in their facilities.

The district also requested that the private group Stoll Berne take a look at how the district handled water testing issues.

The investigation found that for the past 15 years the district didn't have any procedures for testing levels of lead in drinking water, noting that state and federal laws don't regulate it.

It also examined how the school board spent money on education matters rather than decaying infrastructure in district buildings.

Another issue uncovered by the review was communication. Investigators determine that even if a problem was found the administration didn't have a clear way to report it, not only internally but also with parents and the public.

Before testing results came out showing elevated levels of lead in the water this past May, the district had set aside $450,000 for maintenance which included testing of the water fixtures scheduled for this summer.

PPS Superintendent Carole Smith sent the report along with her recommendations for actions to the school board Monday while also announcing her immediate retirement.

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