Consultant to present report on Cortland school incident

DeKALB – A consultant hired by DeKalb School District 428 to investigate the January incident where landfill odors sickened students and staff at Cortland Elementary School will present his report to the public at 6 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road.

Geoff Bacci, a certified industrial hygienist from Aries Consulting, was hired to assess what happened Jan. 14 when 71 students and staff from Cortland received medical treatment after the odor of old trash from the nearby DeKalb County landfill infiltrated the building’s ventilation system. He also will address some questions posed to district officials from the public, district Assistant Superintendent Doug Moeller said.

“He’s going to present a comprehensive report with recommendations,” Moeller said.

Bacci has interviewed first responders and hospital staff about symptoms people reported at the school, and also has examined the school’s ventilation system, Moeller said.