The Glynn County Board
of Education (BOE) decided to look at alternatives to the proposed Habersham
Street elementary school site at their June 26, 2004 meeting. The reasons
to abandon the Habersham Street site grew as studies and evaluations of the
site were completed.
Before the site was considered by the BOE, Glynn County
had studied where a new elementary school was needed and identified northern
Glynn County as the area with population growth and in need of a new
elementary school. Still, some BOE members maintained their support for the
Habersham Street site as numerous studies identified the area as
inappropriate for a school.
Suspicions that the Habersham Street site might have been impacted from
past industrial activity turned out to be well founded. Even though the
consultants hired by the BOE found no reason to believe that the site had
environmental problems, and reported that they did inspect the site, large
piles of solid waste were found on the school site. First tests did find
carbon disulfide, an acutely toxic waste. Subsequent testing determined
that the waste was not toxic waste. but rather solid waste.
The property adjoining the site was previously owned by
Atlantic Refinery Company (ARCO), which operated at the LCP Chemical
Superfund Site. Significant questions remain as to any impacts to the area
from historical operations at the Superfund Site. The full extent of
off-site contamination has not been determined for the LCP Chemicals
Vigilance will be needed as the BOE considers other
options for a school site.
Why the Habersham street site is a bad location for a
- A new elementary school is needed in north Glynn
- The Site fails 7 of 13 Georgia safety criteria for
- The adjoining property is zoned industrial.
- An explosion proof school would have to be built.
- A special air system would be needed to protect
against toxic spills from the nearby rail yard and industries.
- Solid waste is on the school site.
- Road improvements would be needed that would disrupt
an established neighborhood.