School District Says Asbestos in Building is Not Dangerous

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Parents in Springdale are raising concern over the presence of asbestos in one of the schools. 

KNWA investigated after we received emails from parents who were worried, saying signs warning of asbestos were seen around Central Jr. High in Springdale. 

Springdale Public Schools said asbestos is being removed from paneling on the outside of the building. The material was part of the school’s original construction in 1975 but Rick Schaeffer, communications director for the district, said the asbestos is not dangerous and poses no health threat to students or faculty. 

Schaeffer said parents were not alerted about the work, which is typical in these situations. 

“Rarely do we notify parents on routine maintenance procedures unless there would be something that they would have to be concerned about, but because of the safety of this procedure, there really was nothing to be worried about,” Schaeffer explained. 

Schaeffer said the construction halts when students are being dropped off and picked up from school. The project is set to be complete on Friday. 

Schaeffer added that the state of Arkansas inspects school buildings regularly to ensure they are safe.  

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