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Mt. Lebanon High School Renovation Will Also Remove Asbestos

MT LEBANON (KDKA) – School officials say the construction being done on Mt. Lebanon High School will require asbestos removal.

Parents of one of the largest high schools in Allegheny County received the information in a letter from the principal Wednesday.

Officials say construction and on-going renovation of the high school now requires some asbestos removal from the floor tile and wallboards in the auditorium.
The work has not yet started, but will take approximately four-weeks to complete.

Principal Brian McFeeley sent a letter to parents describing the process, saying in part:

"The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) will be the local governing agency having jurisdiction over asbestos abatement. The ACHD is responsible for permitting the abatement process and, when completed, giving the final approval to occupy the area if the air quality levels meet all applicable federal, state, and county requirements. The abatement process for the areas listed above is scheduled to occur during second shift, beginning at 4:00pm. All entrances to this area will be fully sealed so that no students or staff will have access to this area."

"The high school needs renovated. It comes with the territory, with the age of that school," parent Stacey Franklin said.

School officials say they had abated other asbestos in the elementary school over the summer, and had no problems.

There are more than 18-hundred students at Mt. Lebanon High School, and school officials say only two parents registered concern over the process.

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