Testing to Continue at East Broad Park

Parents are still concerned about soil tests showing signs of arsenic and lead on both the East Broad Elementary School playground and Mother Matilda Beasley Park. Representatives from CSX and the Chatham County Health Department were on hand to answer parents' and concerned citizens' questions at a meeting last night. The school board updated parents on the latest findings.

Superintendent John O'Sullivan says tests have come up negative, but they're going to continue testing the area. "The playground has come up clean in all its tests, but there's enough probability, should we say, we need to do more testing, we want to eliminate any question," he said. "We're going to test it at a level we never intended to before."

If you're concerned about your child having symptoms of lead poisoning, the health department will be offering free lead screenings Wednesday, November 5, at the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club at 510 East Charlton Street from 3pm to 7pm.

Reported by: Holly Bristow, hbristow@wtoc.com