$500K asbestos, radon and lead abatement project scheduled for the Elbridge Central School District

15 Jul 2016 by under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 $500K asbestos, radon and lead abatement project scheduled for the Elbridge Central School DistrictAccording to The Citizen, a $500,000 “emergency” clean-up project was announced by the Jordan- Central School District’s Board of Education following the discovery its schools were tainted by the presence of asbestos, radon and .

The re-organizational meeting, which took place in the school district’s home state of New York, held a vote by the board unanimously deciding to sponsor the Emergency Asbestos/Lead Abatement and Radon Mitigation Project. The abatement will take place at the district’s High School, Ramsdell Middle School, and Elbridge Elementary School.

Asbestos has no safe level of exposure and is responsible for more than 107,000 deaths worldwide annually. Even the most minimal exposure to asbestos can later result in mesothelioma – a rare form of cancer that can remain latent for 30 to 40 years, eventually affecting the smooth lining of the chest, lungs, heart or abdomen. Traditionally, mesothelioma has been found in older men with work history in factories, shipyards, mines or other environments with heavy asbestos exposure. However, each year, the cancer affects younger people and a greater number of women.

Superintendent James Froio reported to The Citizen that a health and wellness inspection of the schools’ facilities taking place earlier this year uncovered the potentially dangerous levels of asbestos, lead and radon in certain parts of the aforementioned schools. Thanks to the help of a nearly $10 million capital project taxpayers approved in February, the inspection determined which schools needed various improvements to remain safe for faculty and students.

“This doesn’t impact students and staff because none of the affected areas are in any functional areas of the schools,” Froio told The Citizen. “Still, it does impede maintenance that worked in those areas, and we are taking this very seriously.”

Although the project costs upwards of a half a million dollars, Froio says he believes that the district can obtain the money needed through its general fund unappropriated fund balance. The district hopes to be able to begin removing all of the harmful chemicals and contaminated equipment this summer.

Source: The Citizen/auburnpub.com


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