School renovations explained
by Courtney Warren
Apr 13, 2014 | 3409 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland School Board of Trustees met on Tuesday to discuss new additions and renovations to the school within the district.

Gerald Finley, Cleveland School District maintenance director, explained asbestos was found in the putty of window frames in the old sections of both Hayes Cooper Center and Nailor Elementary.

Finley stressed asbestos is not threatening to anyone as long as it is not disturbed and, because the putty is on the outside of the buildings and can only be removed with a chisel and hammer, it causes absolutely no threat to anyone.

The school district as well as each individual school has a plan for asbestos.

"We have an asbestos management plan in the district which we started in 1988 and it's an overall management plan in the district. Each school has a book with their plan in it and it's available to the public. In those books it says anything in the school that may contain asbestos is noted and the district's plan for dealing with it is explained," said Finley.

Finley said once again, "As long as it's not disturbed in anyway it poses no danger."

Finley explained the buildings were built prior to the asbestos law.

After they discovered it was a problem they passed laws and there are strict regulations on how to deal with asbestos.

When any major construction is done, there is a test for asbestos, if it is found, the school district hires someone to remove it.

"We'd rather hire a professional that's licensed to deal with that. We will contract with an abatement contractor to remove the material—they're licensed and trained so once they leave the site there will be no trace left," Finley said.

"They come in and remove it according to their regulations and training then do an air quality check to make sure the air is clean. Once again, this poses no danger to the students," he added.