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The Ellis County Press

MIDLOTHIAN – School board members debated recent media coverage from USA Today about the Midlothian Independent School District’s air quality, which the article rated as having some of the worst air pollution in the nation.

Midlothian Councilman Ken Chambers, among others, spoke to trustees at their Jan. 19 meeting and asked for a public forum to be held for residents and taxpayers to discuss the issue.

"Your [MISD] release stated there is no need to be concerned about the air that students are breathing," said Chambers.

Superintendent J.D. Kennedy said he has requested monitors from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality to be placed on campuses so he can check the quality himself.

Meanwhile, Texas Industries requested a renewal for a hazardous waste permit from TCEQ for their existing cement plant in Midlothian, according to the legal notices section of The Dallas Morning News on Dec. 17, 2008.

The board didn’t have any air quality solutions written at the time of Monday’s meeting, but the board approved the forming of a sub-committee consisting of trustees Jay Roberts, Wayne Shuffield and Tom Moore to work on a resolution to be proposed during next month’s meeting.

The USA Today article, which came out Dec. 10, reported on the air quality of more than 100,000 campuses nationwide, with two schools from Midlothian alone.

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