Baldwin's response: "It's fraudulent. It's basically trying to tell people, yeah, you're drinking filtered water, we're just going to bust this little light out so you think it's filtered -- but it's really not."
"We've got tons of filters, Baldwin said. "We want filtered water bottle stations. We paid for them."
But, Baldwin added, the district has been slow-walking the installations.
The recording suggests why.
Neal directs them to "hold up on any new installs."
"It doesn't matter what they promise," he adds. "They can promise you the moon if you'll only put in a filter for them. You'll never have to take care of it again. We'll do yada-yada-yada. But you know that does not happen. That does not happen."
Baldwin's response: "We paid $2,200 -- the parents of our school , 22 hundred bucks. We bought these fountains and the filters. We want them in. And you are not going to put them in?"
After Neal's team discovered high lead levels at fountains inside Tusculum Elementary, our investigation discovered they waited a year to do anything about it.
Still, Baldwin questioned whether he's the one really responsible for these decisions.
"While this gentleman is stating these things of, you know, let's only do non-filtered or whatever, he didn't come up with that plan," she said. "That's coming from higher up."
School district spokesperson Michelle Michaud responded to NewsChannel 5's request for comment with the following statement:
"MNPS takes the health and safety of its students very seriously. We are deeply concerned about the allegations presented to us late Friday March 9, 2018, and will immediately investigate. To that end, Denise [sic] Neal, executive director of facilities, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation."
The district did not respond to NewsChannel 5's request to interview Dennis Neal or his superiors.