In response to recently expressed concerns about whether certain gym floors are emitting mercury vapor, the NJSBA hosted a meeting on May 15 to discuss the issue.

In the photo below, at the table in front of two WebEx screens, are Cary Booker, the governor’s senior education policy advisor and NJSBA Director of Governmental Relations Mike Vrancik; Executive Director Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod and General Counsel Cynthia Jahn.

The New Jersey School Boards Association has been informing its members about mercury vapors emanating from gym floors for the past two years. The May-June 2017 issue of School Leader magazine addressed the issue in detail.  The January 18, 2017 issue of School Board Notes covered a report about mercury vapors found in schools.

Participants included representatives of the New Jersey Department of Health, the state Department of Education, the New Jersey Work Environment Council, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association; the New Jersey PTA and the NJEA. Board members and superintendents of three school districts involved in remediation efforts — Burlington Township, Washington Township (Gloucester County) and Wenonah — also participated.