School District Gets $15.6M to Remove Mold, Asbestos - NBC 10 Philadelphia

School District Gets $15.6M to Remove Mold, Asbestos



    Fixing Toxic Schools in Philly

    Philadelphia public schools will get millions to remove lead and asbestos in public schools, after a newspaper investigation revealed the depth of environmental problems there.

    (Published Friday, June 29, 2018)

    The School District of Philadelphia will get $15.6 million to remove lead, mold and asbestos at 57 school buildings around the city, state and local leaders say. 

    Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made the funding announcement Friday. He was joined by Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite and other officials.

    Hite said "The health and safety of our students is critical."

    Pennsylvania will cover $7.6 million for lead paint remediation at 40 schools in the city, while the remaining $8 million will come from the school district for lead paint, mold and asbestos removal.

    The announcement comes a month after an investigation by The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News found that more than half of Philadelphia's public elementary schools have serious environmental hazards like lead dust, mold spores and asbestos fibers.