New tests clear West Highlands

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No evidence of asbestos found in school

AMHERST While admitting West Highlands Elementary is an aging facility that has probably outlived its life span, officials with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board say recent testing indicates the school is safe.

AMHERST While admitting West Highlands Elementary is an aging facility that has probably outlived its life span, officials with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board say recent testing indicates the school is safe.

Acting on a request from the schools advisory council, the board hired an independent company in early July to do a series of tests at the 95-year-old school, including a search for a form of asbestos that has been linked to cancer.

We were pleased to learn that the test results were negative and all results indicated there is no asbestos in the walls, the boards director of operational services, Herb Steeves, said Wednesday. This is most likely because asbestos wasnt a standard ingredient in plaster when the building was originally constructed.

In addition to the most recent tests, a number of inspections have been undertaken by the board in conjunction with the Department of Environment and Labour, C.J. MacLellan & Associates and Maritime Testing Inc. Tests were completed with respect to the roof structure, high humidity levels in the basement as a potential mould source and with asbestos management. Results of these tests were presented to the board earlier this year, along with various recommendations.

Stevens said the board immediately began implementing the recommendations while school was in session and is working towards the completion of this work before school resumes in September.

The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount, Steeves said. The school continues to be safe for our students and staff and there should not be a need for parents to consider alternative schools.

Still, the board has asked the province to build a new school replacing West Highlands. While the first request was submitted in October 2005 it has yet to receive a reply. In his report following a spring visit to the school, Dr. Cochrane suggested the province move away from planned renovations in favour of other arrangements.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Central Regional School Board, Department of Environment and Labour, C.J. MacLellan & Associates Maritime Testing Inc. Tests

Geographic location: Chignecto

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