Radioactive, Cancer-Causing Gas Found At School

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

A radioactive, cancer-causing gas has been found in high levels at one Scott County Elementary School.

Scott County Schools officials say dangerous levels of radon have been detected at Garth Elementary. The gas was discovered early this week after a series of air quality tests at the eighty year old school. Officials say the highest levels of radon were found in the gymnasium, and and classroom--both of which are in a sub-basement level of the building.

School officials already have plans in place to mitigate the radon, but they want parents to know exactly what's going on. An informational meeting will be held at Garth Elementary on Wednesday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m.


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  • by Parent Location: Georgetown on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Garth is a wonderful school with very caring teachers. The school is over 80 years old and is a beautiful part of Georgetown. I know the central office, school board and school staff are doing everything they can do to make it a safe place for our children. I think this news story was a little over the top. I hope people were not scared by it. I know my kids are safe there.
  • by Ed Location: Lex on Jan 14, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    What's that I smell? Oh yea, a bunch of lawsuits!
  • by Puuhleeez Location: Lexington on Jan 13, 2009 at 09:36 PM
    Could you possibly make a more dramatic headline? Sure, radon is somewhat problematic, but in actuality it was an 80's fad to sell radon detection kits to rednecks. Adding such drama to your headlines only serves to scare parents.
  • by corey Location: Georgetown on Jan 13, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    the levels in the gym were 30. If the level is above 4 it needs to be mitgate. This was not found this week more like during Christmas break. The school needs to be closed down until it can be fix.

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