Monday, August 4, 2014

If You Have to Test it . . . Than It Doesn't Belong There

First Posted Sept. 2013
If CUSD has to have the container tested 
to see if it is safe to use as a trash can . . .
(cost to test: $620.00)

than it doesn't belong there:

PRO PAC 9810 Container: 
From Toyon Middle School  Waste Water Pump House 
to Calaveras High School Lunch Table 

On Aug 20th 2013 the CUSD School Board voted to approve the testing of PRO PAC 9810 containers (at a cost of $620.) for use as trash cans on CUSD school sites:
Calaveras Unified Board Agenda item  #17 (Business):
"It is recommended the Board approve the testing fee with Pacific EcoRisk to perform required Title 22 “Hazardous Waste” fish toxicity test as requested through Prichard Safety for Calaveras Unified School District. The estimated cost is $620, to be paid through the general fund."


  1. How many trash cans could CUSD purchase for $620.00? Trash cans, by the way, that would not have to be tested. For that matter, how much classroom supplies could be purchased for $620.00?

    These containers are not meant to be trash cans (especially on school campuses). CUSD needs to dispose of the drums after use--not chain them to student lunch tables and drinking fountains.

    Furthermore, CUSD needs to follow and uphold its own mission statement:

    1. Encourage personal excellence for all students and staff.
    2. Achieve high academic standards in a safe school environment.
    3. Make informed, moral, ethical, and responsible decisions.

    PRO PAC 9810 drums contain "aluminum based formulations. These products are widely used in municipal water, waste water and industrial waste applications."

    There is NO justification for using these containers as trash cans on our school sites. They are being chained to lunch tables where children eat, socialize, do homework, and rest between classes.

    Wisdom would be to not bring these drums into a school setting; save the school district (and the tax payer) $620.00--remove the containers to an environment where children are not present. If CUSD purchased normal trash cans from a vendor (like Home Depot), there would be no testing involved. These PRO PAC 9810 drums are having to be tested only because they were never meant to be trash cans, but containers for holding and transporting an industrial strength aluminum-based product for use in waste water treatment ponds (ponds found at Jenny Lind Elementary and Toyon Middle School).

    When dealing with children (and human life in general) it has always been my belief to error (whenever possible) on the side of caution.

    It seems real simple: protect children, save money ($620), and properly dispose of the containers--don't chain them to school lunch tables.

  2. CUSD is heavily in debt ... They absolutely should not be spending $620.00 to prove that containers (used to transport and hold an industrial-strength, aluminum-based wastewater treatmet product) are safe to use as trash cans on CUSD campuses--primarily in food court and lunch areas.

    If CUSD were to remove the PRO PAC containers (which have been and are already in place at Toyon Middle School, Calaveras High School, and Valley Springs Elementary)than there would be nothing to test, nothing to prove.

    Removing the containers would show (or prove) that CUSD absolutely puts children 1st. Spending the money ($620.00) to defend the containers is not in the best interest of CUSD or the students; removing the containers shows strength, leadership, and an acceptance of responsibility.

    Put the children 1st--remove the containers.