The Maroa-Forsyth Administrators spent some of their holiday break dealing a mess in the middle school.
The middle school saw a minor plumbing issue turn into a major asbestos problem. Superintendent of Maroa-Forsyth schools Mike Williams explains the district did have some concerns associated with the building because of it's age, but he says the problem ended up being a nearly $60-thousand project.
Williams says the plumbing portion of the issue was resolved rather quickly but because of the procedures and laws associated with asbestos removal, the clean up took a lot longer to complete. He says the school was fortunate asbestos removal is a summer project, so they were able to get a contractor in right away to begin the clean up.
When unexpected events such as a necessary clean up like this come up, districts will dip into their Health and Life Safety Funds. Williams explains Maroa-Forsyth had money in that fund to pay for the issues. He adds they also got another project they had in store for spring break taken care of at the same time.
Williams notes some of the changes students may notice is new ceiling tiles in the effected classroom.
He explains the middle school is on the back end of a 10-year facility plan the Maroa-Forsyth district has embarked on. When the district has paid off the high school building they would like to renew currents bonds to build a new middle school.