The following letter was supposed to be distributed to students to bring home today, but students did not receive it because not enough copies were able to be made before the end of the school day. The letter concerns the recent shootings that occurred in the county and MCPS' response.
Dr. Edward M. Taliff has been a business and computer teacher at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland for the past four years. Before coming to Blair, he worked in various places in Pennsylvania. Taliff has noticed many differences between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and has had many interesting experiences in both places.
Upon hearing of sandwiches with dramatically increased sugar and caffeine content, computer lovers all over the county have dropped their cookies in favor of a more attractive alternative.
One-third of the drinking fountains in Montgomery County's public schools contain water with excessive amounts of lead, and there are 10 schools where lead levels are more than four times the federal safety standard, according to recent tests.
A study initiated by Silver Chips,indicates that the lead content in Blair's drinking water averages 25 parts per billion (ppb), a level which exceeds and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines that will be put into effect in June, 1989.
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