PCBs: Where Worcester delayed, Princeton was decisive

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PRINCETON — When town officials here learned that the Thomas Prince School was contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), an organic pollutant and presumed human carcinogen, they sprang into action.

The contamination was discovered in 2011 during a summer window replacement project. By summer’s end, the Wachusett Regional School District Committee had voted to transfer students in the affected part of the building to the Glenwood Elementary School in Rutland. Thomas Prince School’s then-Principal Thomas Pandiscio endorsed the action, wanting no part of any further exposure by students or staff to PCBs.

The student relocation lasted an entire school year, and cost more than $700,000, as the caulking was removed and replaced.


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