Tacoma manager who oversaw school water testing fired

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Ken Wilson (Photo: Tacoma Public Schools)

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A manager accused by Tacoma Public Schools of not acting on a year-old report of high lead levels in school water has been fired.

The News Tribune reports  the Tacoma School Board fired the district’s safety and environmental health manager Ken Wilson Thursday night. Wilson was placed on administrative leave on April 25 after the district last month discovered high lead levels in old water quality tests of two elementary schools that went unreported.

District superintendent Carla Santorno wrote Wilson a letter dated May 10 that said Wilson didn’t take steps to address the high lead levels.

Wilson’s lawyer said Wilson didn’t see the test results because they were not in email reports from the third-party testing lab, but were in paper records that came with the lab’s payment invoice. Wilson has worked for the district since 2002 and has held his current position since 2006.

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