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Frontier Central School Superintendent Gerald P. Glose assured parents of middle school special education pupils Tuesday night that the district will look into complaints that their children are housed in
unhealthy classrooms.

"In our eyes, they weren't quite up to par," Kurt Schwartzmeyer told the School Board during a meeting at Big Tree Elementary School.

He said his wife noticed the conditions at the school's open house and he later took a tour of the school.

In the math room, the "carpet actually smelled," he said. The science room had no windows and one skylight and no sinks or tables for experiments, and the reading room was very small, he said.

Another parent told board members while the program is wonderful, special education pupils seem to be "shoved aside" in the middle school.

"We will be very closely investigating your concerns," Glose said.

A special education teacher said the carpet was cleaned recently, but it was cleaned with a solvent that was not to be used in a non-ventilated room, and that has made the situation worse.

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