- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Superintendent of Portland Public Schools has placed two high-ranking district officials on paid leave, saying the men were in charge of a department that didn’t deliver on handling lead hazards.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/PXg5ax ) Superintendent Carole Smith placed chief operating officer Tony Magliano and senior manager for health and safety Andy Fridley on leave Thursday evening.

Smith says she made the move after “protocols were not followed” when March testing showed high lead levels in drinking water at Creston and Rose City Park schools.

She says as the crisis unfolded, the pair were unable to give clear, accurate answers to basic questions from Smith, the public and others. Parents at the schools weren’t told about the tests until May 25.

Smith says she wants more information before deciding whether to return the men to their jobs.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com


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