Youngstown City Schools: High lead levels found at Choffin

High lead levels were detected in a little-used sink at Choffin Career and Technical Center

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Water testing at all Youngstown City School District buildings found lead levels above the acceptable limit in a kitchen sink at Choffin Career and Technical Center.

Test results showed lead levels at 40, and 15 is the allowable limit. The district said the sink isn’t used often, but it was placed out of service on Monday and plumbing will be replaced before it’s brought back in service.

Tests at other school buildings found no harmful lead levels.

Superintendent Stephen Stohla said he didn’t suspect any of the tests to find harmful lead levels, but he wanted to make sure.

“Even though I think educating children is our No. 1 priority, it has to be safety and environment,” he said. “We’re not going to put children somewhere that is not safe.”

The Mahoning County District Board of Health conducted the testing and delivered the results to the district Oct. 28. The health board tested 12 of the district’s schools as well as the Irene L. Ward Building on West Wood Street and the school bus garage on Teamsters Drive.

Youngstown Early College wasn’t tested because that school is in Fedor Hall on the Youngstown State University’s campus.

Editor’s note: Youngstown City Schools said no harmful lead levels were found in its school buildings. Later, on Monday, the district said test results did find one test with high lead levels. This story has been corrected based on the latest results. 

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