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Portland Public Schools employee on leave over lead levels resigns from job

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The senior manager of environmental health and safety for Portland Public Schools, who was put on administrative leave in June over high lead levels found in the water at schools, has resigned from his job.

Portland Public Schools confirmed the resignation of Andy Fridley, effective Sept. 22. He submitted a letter of resignation Thursday. 

According to a statement from the district, "We have had an interim environmental health and safety team in place since July and continue to be focused on reviewing policies and practices to ensure the safety of our students."

Fridley and chief operating officer Tony Magliano were placed on leave pending the completion of a personnel investigation.

Administrators said they were directly involved in the lead testing process and district communications involving the tests.

In May, the district reported that families were not notified immediately after elevated lead levels were found in faucets and fountains at Creston and Rose City Park schools.

Further testing revealed high lead levels in more than 20 buildings.

Drinking fountains were disconnected and covered up for the start of the new school year, with bottled water dispensers placed throughout the schools.

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