Hats Off to Al
Boudreau for a Job Well Done
Al Boudreau, Facilities Director for Glynn County Schools, did a nearly
super human feat over this last summer and has not received the credit or
recognition he deserves. The Board of Education learned in April 2005 that
Goodyear Elementary School soils were contaminated. Actually, Goodyear was
contaminated enough to be included on Georgia’s list of Hazardous Sites.
Starting from scratch in May 2005, Al Boudreau contracted services and
started to test the schoolyard to get a handle on the extent of the toxic
soil problem. Initial estimates were a few hundred cubic yards of soil.
Once areas that would need removal were identified, they were removed and
retested to see if clean up goals had been reached. When clean up levels
were not met, more was removed until goals were achieved.
The few hundred cubic yards ballooned to 3500 as toxic soils were
discovered much deeper than expected. May, June, and July rushed by as the
August 10th school-reopening date approached. The final soil
removals took place late in July, excavations filled with clean soil, and
landscaping completed. While Al Boudreau put the final touches on the
schoolyard, a report was prepared for the Georgia Environmental Protection
Division. With around a week left, Al picked up the report and drove it to
Atlanta. With less than 100 hours before school reopening, the clean-up
report was accepted and approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection
Just to put what Al Boudreau did into perspective, the Hercules Plant has
yet to determine the extent of toxic soil contamination after investigating
the problem for 18 years, and even less progress has been made on cleaning
up their mess. Al has shown what a competent and determined person can do
when they put their mind to getting the job done.
Hats off to Al Boudreau for a job well done.