POTTSTOWN PA – Given the age of Pottsgrove High School, built in 1955 and renovated several times since, it might have been considered inevitable that asbestos materials were used in some of its construction. Now that the Kauffman Road building is undergoing extensive repair, and may be the subject of renovation and expansion beginning in 2014, the Board of School Directors has hired expert help for lead-based paint and asbestos testing and removal there.
Directors agreed unanimously and without comment last Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2013) to sign a contract for the work with JMSI Environmental Corp. at a cost of $7,380. The agreement was recommended by Superintendent Shellie Feola as a business action item on the board’s agenda.
Specifics of its scope of work, and a potential timeline for completion, were not discussed. However the district’s “Board Notes” newsletter, published following the meeting and distributed by e-mail, said the firm will develop specifications “to be incorporated in the bids” for the renovation project.
JMSI is located in Swoyersville PA (Luzerne County), and “has been providing environmental consulting, testing and compliance services to local and regional clients” for more than 20 years, according to its website. It has done work for the Norristown Area, Saucon Valley, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Wallenpaupack Area, Delaware Valley, Hazleton Area, Hempfiel and Mifflin County school districts, and other clients, the website reported.
The company specializes in Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act compliance programs for Pennsylvania schools, the website added.
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