From the Office of the Superintendent

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Good evening staff and community members,

Yesterday afternoon the company installing the shade structures and solar panels at Dos Palos Elementary (DPE) hit an underground fuel tank. This fuel tank has been under the ground and unused for nearly 60 years, dating back to when DPE was a transportation location for the elementary school district.

The solar company has stopped construction at DPE and the district has contacted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA (along with other governmental agencies) will provide guidance to the district on the next steps to remove the fuel tank and excavate the dirt around the tank.

This issue was unforeseen, but the district is committed to ensuring all students and staff will return to a safe school environment. The safety of students and staff is our number one priority.