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School board meeting following shutdown of Northport Middle School

Posted: 6:20 PM, Jan 23, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-23 18:45:13-05

NORTHPORT, NY — Sparks are expected to fly at a school board meeting taking place Thursday night at Northport High School on Long Island.

For years parents, students and staff at Northport Middle School have complained of a strange smell at the school that would cause headaches, respiratory problems and skin rashes, among other health problems.

Parents expressed concern over elevated levels of mercury and benzene in and around the middle school's septic system.

Testing was done and elevated levels of benzene were discovered in two soil samples.

School officials are expected to address parents’ concerns at a school board meeting at 7 p.m.

The meeting is being held on the same day that all middle school students started taking their classes at the local high school or elementary school depending on their grade level as part of a contingency plan to keep them safe.