- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

AMITE, La. (AP) - Tangipahoa Parish School System officials have agreed to hire a company to remove asbestos at Midway Elementary School.

The capital outlay committee recommended and the Tangipahoa Parish School Board agreed Wednesday to pay JJE Contracting, LLC $52,400 to remove the asbestos in the cafeteria over the summer while students are away on vacation.

They also agreed to pay ACSI Environmental Consultants $14,350 to monitor the air during the removal to ensure the air is not contaminated. It must be completed by the time the school year begins.

Board President Brett Duncan tells The Daily Star (http://bit.ly/1FvUCaa) the district has been working on finding a way to remove the asbestos for more than a year.

He said he is not aware of any other schools having asbestos.

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Information from: The Daily Star, http://www.hammondstar.com

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