- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

TUSCALOOS, Ala. (AP) - Tuscaloosa City Schools will allow soil testing at an elementary school after asbestos was found on the property before renovations began last year.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (https://bit.ly/2p81XLx) that the city’s board of education voted Tuesday to allow Guardian Systems Inc. to conduct analytical environmental testing for asbestos at Central Elementary School. The decision follows a community request for the testing submitted to Superintendent Mike Daria.

Schools director of facilities Jeff Johnson said last week that asbestos was detected in 1,300 square feet of the 50,000-square-foot school. Johnson said the asbestos hadn’t posed a danger to students as it was never airborne.

The testing company will be paid more than $1,200 in community contributions through radio station owner Jim Lawson’s local show. Johnson says the testing will take five days.

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