High levels of lead in the Newark Public Schools have officials in cap-lamp and hip-wader mode, trying to get to the bottom of the contamination, but if you’re running for a school advisory board seat in the April 19th electtion, this might be a good time for someone with some clean water expertise.
That’s Kim Gaddy, who’s been on the staff of Clean Water Action NJ for 15 years.
“Our children cannot be educated if our schools are not healthy,” an outraged Gaddy told PolitickerNJ.
She was on the school board over 20 years ago.
“In 1992, I was elected to the school board and I had them test the water fountains,” recalled Gaddy, who has the support of Mayor Ras Baraka as part of the Newark Unity slate. “In 1993-1994, they found lead in the water. We have not learned from 1993-1994. My heart goes out to the families.
“I fault the governor,” she added. “He has failed our students.”
A vacationing Gov. Chris Christie’s in Florida this week, inspecting the New York Mets spring training program.
Gaddy said the city has a long way to go in order to ascertain what caused the high lead levels, and she wants to be there in a a front-line capacity.
Part of the ongoing political fight in Newark has to do with the state control of the school system. Like Baraka, Gaddy wants a return of control to the local, citywide level. IN the meantime, if elected, she said she would work to ensure the prersence in the schools of healthy school committees and environmental clubs to increase student awareness of healthy water and air issues.