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Results for two Bethel schools have been received after the testing for lead in drinking water throughout Bethel School District. The testing was in response to concerns raised around the country about the possibility of lead in school drinking water.

Meadow View had no elevated levels of lead from any of the 119 water sources tested.

Of the 58 sources tested at Shasta Middle School, elevated lead levels have been indicated in three locations: a sink in Studio West, a sink room 37, and a “bubbler” (water fountain) in the cafeteria.

These three water sources will be retested to confirm that the lead source is in the fixture rather than the interior plumbing. In accordance with EPA guidelines, follow-up tests (again conducted by an independent professional environmental service, PBS Engineering + Environmental) will consist of water samples taken immediately after a five minute flush of the pipes which feed the sites in question.

The most likely source of lead in drinking water is from the fittings in old fixtures, which will be replaced immediately. To address the cause and ensure safe drinking water for students and staff, the District will:

  • Prevent immediate access to the water sources in question
  • Eliminate the source of the lead by replacing the fixtures
  • Notify families, students and staff of further results and any updates

The health and safety of our students and staff remain our #1 priority. Although there are currently no federal or state requirements that schools test their water, and although the state has not offered to provide financial assistance to school districts conducting the water tests, Bethel School District has proactively conducted these tests to determine the safety of its drinking water.

Click here for more information from the EPA about lead in drinking water.

Results from water tests at other Bethel schools and facilities will be shared as soon as the information becomes available.

The barn is closer to completion and vegetables are already being harvested at the new Bethel Farm.

Located on the open field between Kalapuya High School and Prairie Mountain School, the farm will serve as a hands-on outdoor classroom while also providing fresh food for the district’s kitchens and families in need.

The farm is being funded through generous donations and grants, including an EWEB grant that will help to put solar panels on the roof of the barn. The property will also pull water from its own well.

Now in the ground (and some are being harvested) is broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, kale, pumpkins, sunflowers, strawberries, cucumbers, beans, winter squash, popcorn, basil, and parsley.


Steve Dow and Sarah Schaffner of Bethesda Lutheran Church load up bags of lost and found items from Prairie Mountain School. The clothes will find new homes through Bethesda’s Bethel Clothes Closet.

Steve Dow and Sarah Schaffner of Bethesda Lutheran Church load up bags of lost and found items from Prairie Mountain School. The clothes will find new homes through Bethesda’s Bethel Clothes Closet.

Dozens of large garbage bags full of clothes have been hauled away from Bethel’s schools.

The unclaimed lost and found items – most of them in perfectly good condition – piled up at each school. Parents and students were given a last chance to look through the collections before they were donated.

Volunteers with the Bethel Clothes Closet at Bethesda Lutheran Church are laundering the clothes, separating them by size and gender, and adding the reusable articles to their collection of clothes to be given away to families in need.

Bethel families can “shop” for free, lightly-used shirts, coats, pants, hats, shoes, gloves, and new underwear and socks. Each family gets their own private time to choose the clothes they want.

Bethel families in need can contact their Bethel school office in August to make arrangements to visit the Clothes Closet.

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