When will all of the asbestos at Green Meadow be removed?
Problem areas including the cafeteria corridor had its ceiling and other building materials replaced over the February 2019 break. The oldest wing of the school housing the Pre-K & K students, is closed for the remainder of the school year, and crews will completely remove the old, asbestos ceiling and replace it with a modern drop ceiling. It will reopen to students in fall 2019.
Why is only one wing of the school being completely closed for asbestos removal?
That wing contains the oldest two sections of the building that contain the asbestos ceiling tiles. All other ceilings in the school do not have asbestos in them.
With not ideal classroom spaces and in consideration of the many students with sensory issues, is there a plan to take in consideration students with special needs.
The director of student services, Carol Gahan has been working with the teacher to address the issues. We do have noise cancelling headphones and are putting up dividers to muffle sound
Although we are adjusting to a change within the building, it is not clear if portable classrooms could have been used?
The only way to fit 10 modular classrooms would be to take the entire staff parking lot as well as the parking lot next to Crowe Park. This may seem like a large area, but setbacks and separation are needed for fire apparatus, snow removal, etc. Access to the gym, cafe, library, and other support spaces would require staff and students to travel from the lots to the school routinely. The utility company would need a full report and design from an electrical engineer before they would even start their engineering work to start the process of installing a transformer and electrical service. Buying and installing modular classrooms with everything that goes into them cost between $300,000 and $400,000 each. Factor in design costs, and you're north of $4 million. If you were to lease the modular classrooms, you can cut your total costs down to about $1.2-$1.5M. That's the good news. The bad news is the schedule. Let's say the Town somehow got funding approved for leasing the modular classrooms in a month, realistically you would not have them installed, inspected, and ready for occupancy before the end of the school year. By then, we will be wrapping up the work in the old wing of the school and preparing to re-enter it. Those are the reasons that modular classrooms where not able to be considered as an option.
How will preschool tuition be handled for the 8 days missed?
The administration will meet shortly to discuss make-up days or possible reimbursement.
Why is there asbestos in the school?
Virtually all old buildings were constructed using asbestos building materials. In the case of the Green Meadow Elementary School, the most visible building material that is believed to contain asbestos is the ceiling tiles in the old/original wing of the school. While we have been told that the ceiling tiles are "non-friable" meaning they do not mix into the air, we are removing them and replacing them with a modern drop ceiling. According to the state, nearly 50 percent of ALL school buildings in Massachusetts have asbestos somewhere inside.
Are you going to repair the leaks in the roof?
The School Committee and Board of selectmen have a warrant article coming up for the annual town meeting for $100,000 of roof repairs.
Is the state monitoring the ongoing work?
Yes, we will have had a DLS Inspector on site on a regular basis starting on Friday, Feb. 22.
When will the remediation work be done?
Remediation will be completed by the start of the 2019-2020 school year