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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hamilton schedules tours of its schools


Hamilton School District has carried through on a promise to schedule tours of its facilities for its board.

By mid-May, officials will show off all 23 schools amid concerns over backlogged facilities maintenance and one-off emergency repairs throughout the district. The first such tour, scheduled this Saturday according to the district website, will go through several schools, including Steinert High School, where an emergency boiler repair was made earlier this year.

The last tour of a school facility by the board resulted in a shutdown of athletic areas in Hamilton High School West after the board passed a resolution for the administration to act.

Superintendent James Parla asked the environmental firm Karl and Associates to test the areas of the building after closing them earlier this month. Obtained by the Trentonian through an Open Public Records Act request last week, the report found evidence of mold spores, coliform, E. Coli, Legionella and other bacteria as well as lead-based paint in the closed-off areas of the school.

He said last week the district will start some remediation work immediately, but the bulk of it will have to wait until after school lets out and work on more than $100,000 in renovations can begin. He said the board has approved work to replace the pipes causing the flooding problem, and that will start once summer hits.

“It doesn’t make sense to do anything until the root of the problem is fixed,” he said.

The report recommended the school remove all porous surfaces, including wooden lockers, cabinets floor and baseboards and removing all dripping pipes. It also recommended ensuring that any standing water and other leaking problems are addressed or prevented before the areas are reopened.

Parla said the athletes on the teams that would normally use those locker rooms will likely be moved to the other locker rooms in the school in the meantime.

The lead paint problem likely comes from decades without repainting, and will require an abatement to fix, Parla said. He said it was part of the problems with the district’s facilities that have been brewing for more than a decade as budget cuts on routine maintenance have taken their toll.

A preliminary estimate of the needed repairs would cost about $134 million, Parla said as part of his budget address last month.

Part of the point of the visits, the release said, was to “ensure that members ofthe Board have a full understanding of the District’s facilities needs.”

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