Company That Researched LeRoy Report Discusses Findings
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LE ROY, N.Y. — Six-thousand pages. That's how much research, interpretation and analysis went into the study here at LeRoy High School.
This is just a part of the findings presented to the public by Leader Professional Services: two thick reports, about the size and weight of phone books.
Leader CEO Mike Rumrill tells YNN is what it took – going above and beyond – to make sure that the school building posed no threat to its students.
"We're able to bring some science and objectivity to these issues; and then the best part is finding the solution,” Rumrill said.
A solution was hard to come by in this case.
"The solution really is the results, the data that shows the school and the property are clean and there's no health effects to the students there or the staff."
The Leader Group went through more thorough and costly testing than it's used to, to find the conclusion. But it means there is still no concrete answer for students wondering what happened to them early this year.
"It's freaky,” said Traci Leubner on Wednesday. “’Cause they didn't find anything, like there wasn't like a... this is what happened, it was just kind of mysterious."
What Leader did find was a normal school environment, inside and out.
"There are a lot of chemicals in the schools that are used in a science classroom and things like that. Not in large quantities,” said Rumrill.
And not enough to hurt anyone – not even the mold.
"The school is so pristine inside; they clean it twice a day,” said Rumrill. “Mold is everywhere in the environment, but through our study, we found the levels were either very, very low – or in some cases, non-existent in the school."
Gas wells, chemical plumes, noxious boiler fumes; all non-factors, which doesn't rule out another cause, somewhere else.
"People asked us if there was going to be any testing in the homes, because the kids spend more time in their homes than they do at school. But that wasn't our scope, we worked for the school district,” said Rumrill.
The school district received this report two weeks ago. They've been through it, and just Wednesday declared the high school safe to the community.
Leader tells YNN the bill for all of this comes out to about $72,000. The school reports that the state will pick up 92 percent of that cost.