The Natrona County School District will hold a meeting next week for students, parents, staff and community members concerned about Midwest School, according to a news release today.

District officials will talk about recent developments from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department about the school's closure in May and the current investigation. The meeting will happen at the Midwest Town Hall, 256 Lewis, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20

"We understand the temporary changes faced by students/staff and their families at Midwest have not been easy," the news release said. "We truly empathize with the Midwest community, and the difficulties faced, during this transitional time."

The school district shut down the Midwest School on May 25 after discovery of a gas leak. This semester, the school's students are attending classes at Roosevelt/PIC and Westwood Elementary in Casper

At its meeting Monday, the Natrona County School District's board of trustees and parents discussed the situation and some findings of a new report from the Casper-Natrona County Health Department.

The school district reported this progress about the investigation:

• NCSD is receiving proposals from environmental/certified industrial hygienist consulting firms.
• The consulting firm will be selected by Oct. 1.
• The firm will review and analyze all data from all entities collected since the gas leak.
• This firm will review plans about the mitigation design proposal from Salt Creek Oil Field owner FDL, and will coordinate with the health department and other state and federal agencies.
• The firm will plan and conduct indoor and outdoor air monitoring sampling including basement, crawlspace and sub floor slab areas, and review lab results.
• Locations will be selected for permanent indoor and outdoor air monitoring equipment for the building.
• A backup system will be developed for continued air monitoring and reporting.
• The consulting firm will develop and coordinate with the health department an evacuation plan and develop a longterm health and safety plan for the building.

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