Was there a cancer cluster in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools building? The school system investigates | Education

Parmenter told board members Tuesday night at their meeting that retired director Ynez Olshausen revealed she was battling cancer. Olshausen worked in the building for nearly nine years when it was known as the Smith Academy of International Languages.

“One of the things I appreciated most about her leadership was that she first viewed each of her employees and students as people who deserved to be appreciated for their gifts and supported when they needed it” , Parmenter said of Olshausen.

She told WSOC-Channel 9 that in January, doctors discovered a rare tumor on her face, making her the 12th current or former employee who worked in the building to be diagnosed with cancer.

The district is taking action

In its statement, the board said that when the matter first came to management’s attention, Superintendent Earnest Winston moved employees from the site.

“We then began to explore the best way to assess the security of the building and determine if the health of the employees had been compromised,” the statement said.

The district studied Centers for Disease Control guidelines for investigating concerns from cancer groups; met with experts; met with employees of the state Department of Health and Human Services; and last week met with NIOSH.

Jeremy S. McLain