Asbestos problem pushes back school reopening in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN – Asbestos may keep the middle school closed for the beginning of the school year.
Chester Leigh, superintendent of the Aberdeen School District, said the system is going through the bid and contract process to have the asbestos removed, but it may be until September or October before doors open.
Classes at Aberdeen Middle School were suspended in February after a preliminary report from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality detected the presence of asbestos. The building was constructed in 1923 during a time when materials containing asbestos were commonly used.
Students were moved to Belle Elementary and Prairie Elementary schools last semester to accommodate the asbestos. Students will be accommodated in other schools so they won’t miss class.

NEMS Daily Journal

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