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Needham launches sick building study of troubled elementary school

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 14, 2008 08:52 AM

Needham officials have launched an environmental study of the Newman School, part of which was shut down this year because of indoor air quality issues.

The town has hired the architecture firm of Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. to conduct the study, and in particular to review the condition of the heating and cooling system. At least five classrooms at the school have been temporarily closed after teacher and students complained of feeling ill this spring.

The study will include an assessment of the options for replacing the system as well as an investigation into what caused the problems, said Steven Popper, director of construction and renovation for the town.

The study, which is already underway, should be completed by mid October, Popper said.

-- Laura Colarusso

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