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Lead testing at Mid-Michigan school districts

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The Flint water crisis has schools statewide testing water for lead, but one local school district isn't doing that.

Michigan does not track which school districts test their water.

Is danger on tap for Saginaw school children? Is lead in the pipes at Saginaw schools contaminating the water students drink? Parents need to know.

"With all that's going on I think they owe it to the students and the parents alike, to make sure that you know,  we're getting safe water," said Adaryll Turner, student.

TV5 went to ask Superintendent Nathan McClain the tough questions.

"He has not further comment at this time," Spokeswoman Cynthia Brackett said.

Brackett said the schools have not tested their water.

"I think it's alarming to say the least. Flint is just right up the road and who knows what's going on. I'd rather be safe than sorry," Turner said.

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed $9 million in his executive budget to pay for water testing, but isn't tracking which districts are doing it on their own.

Carrollton schools test their water for lead and their water is safe to drink.

The decision made last month in Carrollton to test the water in the district's five buildings cost $20 per building, $100 total. They believe the money was well spent.

"I wanted to be proactive. You know, it's pretty serious what's happening in Flint. If I was a parent and had kids here I'd want to know that the water was safe," said Tim Wilson, Carrollton superintendent.

Other districts across Mid-Michigan and the state are following suit, securing the safety of the children and putting other parents at ease.

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