The Liberty School District is gearing up for the beginning of the school year. But preparations will involve more than sharpening pencils and counting textbooks.
The district is contracting to have asbestos tile removed from one of the science rooms at Liberty High School, said Superintendent Eugene “Skip” Berquam.
“We found some old-style vinyl asbestos tile under the carpeting,” Berquam said. The tile covers about half of the 1,800-square-foot classroom.
No asbestos tile has been found in the combination elementary school-junior high building.
Berquam said that the presence of asbestos tile isn’t unusual nor is it a hazard.
“Probably half the school buildings in the state have asbestos tile in them,” he said.
According to building code regulations, the tile doesn’t have to be removed - just covered.
Covering the tile with carpeting is acceptable, Berquam said. However, school board members asked to have the tile removed.
The school district is now seeking bids from asbestos removal services.
School is scheduled to begin Aug. 27.
“The room will be done in two weeks,” Berquam said.
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