In fact, our investigation discovered that Metro Schools has tried to spin the facts in an attempt to convince parents and staff that there's really not a health issue to worry about.
Take, for example, an announcement in which the school district quoted Neal as saying: "The drinking water in the district's oldest buildings meet all federal and state lead drinking water standards."
But this is what he admitted to us:
"There are no federal or state current regulations for monitoring drinking water in schools."
Metro Schools also suggested that 15 parts per billion was an insignificant level of lead, "a minute amount equivalent to one second out of 32 years."
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics says there is "no safe level" of lead for children.
"For us, the levels are guides," Areola explained. "The idea is to minimize the exposure to as low as possible."
He added that, because there is no safe level, the district should do everything it can to get the lead out of the water.
We asked, "The goal should not just be 15 parts per billion. The goal should be 'as low as possible'?"
"That should be the goal," he replied, "yes."
Metro Schools told the Health Department last October that they intended to implement a plan to flush out the water lines in older buildings after long breaks when water has been left sitting in the pipes.
It's an idea that the Health Department supports.
But, nine months later, that plan has still not been passed along to principals.