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Letter Regarding Bethlehem Steel fire from Global Concepts CEO

by Charles Clark
Sat, Nov 12th 2016 01:00 pm
Dear Global Concepts Parent(s), Faculty, and Staff,
Undoubtedly, you are aware of the industrial fire that began on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at the former Bethlehem Steel facility on Route 5 in Lackawanna.  As you may have heard, Bethlehem Park residents in the immediate vicinity of the fire have been evacuated from their homes over potential air quality concerns.
None of our school buildings are located within half a mile of the fire site, but we have nonetheless been closely monitoring this situation for potential impacts to our school community. As of Friday morning, Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski told the Buffalo News that EPA air quality testing found "zero particulate matter in the readings throughout the city." Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein has also been quoted in local media saying that air quality test results in Lackawanna have been "normal." 
While we have no reason to believe that there are any related air quality concerns at our school facilities, we do want you to know that the Global Concepts administration is taking a proactive approach to determine if there is any cause for concern. We will take any appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students and employees.
Thank you.
Tracy L. McGee, M.S. Ed.M., Interim CEO