Newman Building Remediation Project
Newman Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Team

The Newman IAQ Team's charge is to evaluate the input from everyone relative to indoor air quality issues at Newman, to make recommendations as to actions designed, to resolve these concerns, and to monitor their execution.

• Latest News:

* Newman Feasibility Study Update

* IAQ Report May 13, 2009

* Town Meeting Newman Questions May 2009

* Public Hearing Presentation, April 16, 2009

* Newman Update, Q & A (pdf file) and Relocation Options (pdf file)

* Newman Feasibility Study Update

IAQ Team Members

Dan Gutekanst (Superintendent of Schools)
Tom Campbell (NPS Director of Personnel Resources)
Kate Fitzpatrick (Town Manager)
Rick Merson (Town DPW)
Alan Stern (School System Physician)
Barbara Collins (Newman Elementary School Principal)
Janice Berns (Board of Health)
Lawrence Copley (Parent with HVAC Expertise)
Bruce Palombo (Construction Liaison)
Linda Conneely (NPS Dir. of Media & Technology Services)
Chip Laffey (Director of Public Facilities)
Risa Sherman (Newman parent)
Rosemarie Greene (NEA President)
Marvin Blaylock (PPBC Project Manager)
Susan Bonaiuto (Director of Community Education and Planning)
Christine Brumbach (NPS Director of Student Development
Anne Gulati (NPS Director of Financial Operations)
Heidi Black (parent)
Kevin Miller (Exec. V.P. Fuss & O'Neill)

OVERVIEW - Newman Indoor Air Quality and Heating/Ventilation Improvements

The Newman school community faced a failing heating and ventilation system during the winter and spring of the 2007-2008 school year. The 48-year-old system, much of it built into the concrete slab of the building and inaccessible for repair, was blowing dust particles and debris through the library and adjacent areas requiring the relocation of some staff members who were developing allergic reactions and symptoms. Additional adverse student and staff reactions in other areas of the building led to the closing of three additional classrooms and the library. The concern about the quality of the school's inside air, in combination with the spring's pollen season, was problematic for the Newman community. Ongoing testing was conducted and a Massachusetts Department of Public Health report indicated that immediate efforts were required to ensure the building occupants' health and safety. Quick action in the spring by town officials resulted in a $650,000 appropriation by Town Meeting to fund short-term remediation efforts and a longer-term feasibility study. The study is being conducted by the Permanent Public Building Committee (PPBC) to determine options for a permanent solution. The PPBC will present its findings in October, 2008.

A number of Town departments, school officials and parent/community members have worked together to support both the short-term and long-term solutions:

News & Updates:

* Newman Feasibility Study Update

* IAQ Report May 13, 2009

* Town Meeting Newman Questions May 2009

* Public Hearing Presentation, April 16, 2009

* Newman Update, Q & A (pdf file) and Relocation Options (pdf file)

* Newman Feasibility Study Update

* IAQ Update 4-07-09

* IAQ Update 3-10-09

* IAQ Updates February 2009

* December 12, 2008 Update

* Newman Feasibility Study

* Newman Feasibility Study, executive summary

* IAQ Testing Results, November 12, 2008

 

Needham Public School Spotlight: Newman School Construction Update Video

 

 

Newman Health and Safety Committee 08-09

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Archived Reports and Updates

 

If you have any questions about the Newman Remediation Project please contact Bruce Palombo, Construction Liaison

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