Tuesday, August 29, 2000

Asbestos delays start of school

Construction blamed

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        READING — Opening of Reading Junior-Senior High School will be delayed one week until Sept. 6 because of an asbestos problem.

        Reading Superintendent Sherry Parr said Monday the problem was caused by recent construction at the building at 810 E. Columbia Ave.

        “The junior and senior school is temporarily closed,” Mrs. Parr said. “New-student orientation and scheduled pickups will take place on the first day of school.”

        The school was scheduled to open Wednesday, said Barbara Taylor, secretary to the superintendent.

        She said school officials are asking parents to monitor the media for any changes.

        School board member Tom Bemmes said officials knew of a potential problem with asbestos when the construction was done over the summer.

        “The situation was presented to us after it was discovered; and we are going to do whatever is best for safety, which is keep the school closed until it is cleared,” Mr. Bemmes said. “Luckily the asbestos was discovered before school opened Wednesday.”

        The construction included adding two science labs, building two rooms for the media center and moving the wood and auto workshop into the old media center.

        Mr. Bemmes said the issue was scheduled for discussion at a Monday night board meeting.


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