Construction Watch: Philadelphia’s $100 million battle to get rid of asbestos and make schools safe

Two more schools have closed due to asbestos, with a possible reopening in January
By: | October 11, 2019
Benjamin Franklin High School is one of the Philadelphia district schools that had to be closed for asbestos.Benjamin Franklin High School is one of the Philadelphia district schools that had to be closed for asbestos.

Both schools proposed as alternates for the 1,000 students being relocated by the School District of Philadelphia because of asbestos have also been found to contain asbestos in the past five years. Benjamin Franklin High School (pictured) and Science Leadership Academy may reopen in January when the city expects to have the toxic material there under control. The issue is just the latest in the district’s long battle against the toxic material. Read more.

In other construction news:

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill placing a $15 billion bond to upgrade California school facilities on the March ballot. The $9 billion included for preschools and K-12 schools would be prioritized for health and safety projects, including removing mold as well as lead contamination in water sources, making seismic retrofits, and reducing overcrowding. Read more.