- Associated Press - Saturday, May 6, 2017

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - An elementary school in central Alabama will receive soil testing on the property after asbestos were found before renovations began last year.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (https://bit.ly/2qDTKn3 ) the Tuscaloosa City Schools will allow analytical environmental testing at Central Elementary School for asbestos. The company will be paid more than $1,200 in contributions from the community through radio station owner Jim Lawson’s local show on Mix 107.3.

Jeff Johnson, TCS director of facilities, said asbestos were found at the school in 2016. The abatement is done for every school or building built before the 1990s.

“We removed it before the demolition by the abatement contractor, we retested it and it was clear,” Johnson said during a board meeting last week.

Johnson said the abatement uncovered about 1,300 square feet of the school’s 50,000 square feet contained non-friable asbestos in the mastic glue holding the floor tiles to the ground, as well as a pipe arm that contained a small amount of friable asbestos.

Johnson says the asbestos were never airborne and presented any danger to students.

About $7.2 million is being used for renovations at Central Elementary and $6.4 million for renovations at Oakdale.

“Basically, we had the discussions with people in the community, with principals and asked what you would like for this building, but the discussion was how do we improve the structures of this building,” former TCS superintendent Paul McKendrick said during a forum in February 2016.

Jerry Carter, president of the local NAACP chapter, said the problem began when the proposed new school was left out of the strategic plan.

Johnson said the testing would take about less than five days.

Renovations at Central Elementary School are scheduled to be completed by the start of school this August.


Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, https://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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