WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Mount Greylock Regional School District has begun planning for three projects to remove asbestos from certain areas of the high school.
Carrie Greene, chairwoman of the Building Subcommittee, said Friday that the areas being targeted for asbestos removal have been identified through inspections and they're considered a priority.
"If we take this building down eventually, the state doesn't reimburse the removal of any hazardous waste materials. It's something school's expected to maintain," she said.
The three projects, which are estimated to total about $20,000, are still in the planning stages with the next step being the design phase, Facilities Supervisor Jesse Wirtes, who is a member of the Building Subcommittee, said Thursday night.
"We can have this ready to go by the end of the school year," he said. "We could fit a couple of these projects into the Christmas and February vacations, but it's best to do them as a whole."
The first project, which costs roughly $5,702, involves the removal of asbestos tile from a classroom in the south wing of the high school. The second project, which costs about $7,354, includes the removal of asbestos mud fittings and the re-insulation of piping in some classrooms, storage rooms, the auditorium and the boiler room. The third project, which is approximately $19,961, focuses on the removal of asbestos mud fittings, non-asbestos pipe insulation and debris, and the re-insulation of piping in the gymnasium.
Rose Ellis, superintendent of Williamstown and Lanesborough Public Schools, said Thursday night that the three projects weren't built into the school district's fiscal 2013 budget.
"We have a building improvement line item, and that is what we can access first," she said.
She added that with the projects being planned for the summer, it's possible the cost could be split over fiscal 2013 and 2014.
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