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School's poor indoor environmental quality causing concerns

August 25, 2009
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PHELPS, KY — Parents and guardians of students at Phelps Elementary School are concerned that the indoor environmental quality is so poor that it will negatively affect the health and well-being of students and staff, according to the Williamson Daily News.
Phelps Elementary is listed as one of the 14 schools in the worst condition in the state of Kentucky, and some claim that it is the worst on the list, the story stated.
According to the story, Representative Keith Hall has repeatedly made attempts to have funds appropriated for a new $11.2 million school, and even though each attempt was passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives, it did not pass the Kentucky State Senate vote.
Though there is asbestos in the building and the basement had previously flooded, Pike County Schools administrators say school is safe and has passed structural tests and mold tests, the story noted.
Teachers, who are forced to make the best of what they are given, have been cleaning and painting their classrooms in an attempt to provide the cleanest, healthiest environment for students to learn in, the story added.
Superintendent Wagner said: "Asbestos in Phelps Elementary is a matter of public record. The school is under compliance with handicap accessibility and the basement will need to be retiled, but our priorities, however, are number one, the safety of our students and number two, getting a new school for Phelps Elementary. We will continue to do structural tests to make sure the building is safe."
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