COLUMBIA — Students participating in Parkade Elementary School’s summer school program will be bused to Derby Ridge Elementary School after traces of asbestos were found in Parkade’s building.
Jack Jensen, assistant superintendent for elementary education, said the asbestos-removal project will not interfere with the summer school program, which will run as scheduled. “The only difference will be the location,” Jensen said.
He said the district ordered testing after reviewing unsatisfactory records regarding the school building.
Jensen said the Environmental Protection Agency has high standards, which the district works to meet.
According to the EPA’s website, the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act “requires local education agencies to inspect their schools for asbestos-containing building material and prepare management plans to prevent or reduce asbestos hazards.”
The majority of samples taken during testing were negative, Jensen said.
“Our intention is to complete this project over this summer break,” Jensen said.
The district will provide bus transportation for students to Derby Ridge, which is 2.4 miles from Parkade Elementary.
Parkade teachers working during the summer and administrators from Parkade offices will also be moving to run the school’s summer program.
Jensen said arrangements have been made with the Adventure Club to make sure students will still be able to participate in the program.
Students will be able to return to Parkade in the fall when the 2010-11 year is scheduled to begin.