The Board of Selectmen Monday night unanimously approved the Board of Education serving as the tank-building committee for systemwide work on the underground oil storage tanks at all of the Darien schools.

In September, the BOE learned that in order to comply with state and federal laws for maintaining a quality learning environment, the district must replace some of the oil tanks because they have exceeded their life expectancy.

Director of Finance Richard Huot requested that the Board of Education approve the educational specifications for each school, approve the development plans and specifications for each site, and authorize Superintendent Stephen Falcone to apply for and receive a grant that would pay for the removal and replacement of the tanks.

The BOE approved all requests unanimously.

As the oil tank building committee, the board will ensure the educational specifications around the oil tank removal are followed and will also monitor the equipment.

Selectman David Bayne wanted to know if the tanks that are being replaced are being buried.

Huot said yes.

"It is at a public school," Huot said. "You don't want those things where someone can get at them."

The scope of the work includes removing tanks from Hindley, Holmes, Ox Ridge and Royle elementary schools, testing the soil beneath each tank, and installing a new tank into each school except Hindley, which will have its site restored to pre-removal condition.

Tokeneke Elementary School, Middlesex Middle School and Darien High School will each have compliant monitoring equipment designed, bid for, and installed onto the existing oil tanks, as well as repair or replacement as required by code.; 203-972-4407;

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