Moanataiari Residents Update #4: Moanataiari Primary School and Montessori in the 'green' 09 December 2011 The Moanataiari Primary School and Thames Montessori can end the current school year and start the next one on a high; the latest round of soil tests have put the schools effectively in the 'green'. The Moanataiari Primary School and Thames Montessori can end the current school year and start the next one on a high; the latest round of soil tests have put the schools effectively in the 'green'. The Regional Council, at the request of the Ministry of Education, fast tracked another round of soil tests, after the early results conducted around the school (mainly on road reserve) indicated elevated levels of arsenic. "We are pleased to report to you today that the schools are ok for the kids" said Mayor Glenn Leach. "The test results that have come back are between 20-22 parts per million of arsenic, which is extremely low". "The schools are at the heart of this community, so it's a good start to the overall Moanataiari project". "This Council has acted quickly to remediate the veggie garden, which has been dug-out to 1 metre, clay capped and then overlaid with a plastic membrane and will be refilled with compost and clean top soil". "We are also placing bark chips at the base of a few trees to reduce exposed soil caused by kids playing in them - just to be extra safe". "The primary school has a proud tradition as an "enviroschool" and its brand has now been rightfully restored". "A big thank you must also be extended to the Regional Council and Ministry of Education for also acting with pace to get this all sorted out".