SOUTH PLAINFIELD,NJ - On August 8, 2014, Dr. Stephen Genco, Superintendent of Schools, notified the public concerning an asbestos issue in one of the classrooms at Grant School. At the time, the district was in the process of awaiting final test results to delineate the extent of the cleaning that would need to take place.
Pursuant to the tests conducted by AHERA Consultants in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, the proposed cleaning protocol and scope of work was established over the week of August 11th. Subsequently, the cleaning of the impacted interior area of the building took place from August 15th – August 17th, and was supervised by AHERA Consultants. On August 18th, the district was notified by AHERA Consultants that the testing performed at the conclusion of the cleaning was within the parameters established by law. Consequently, the district was informed by AHERA Consultants that the building could be re-opened on Monday, August 18th. Note that the building was re-opened today, Monday, August 25th for normal school business.
Per Dr. Genco’s previous communication, the district’s primary goal is the health and safety of its students, staff and visitors. It was important that the district follow the protocol set forth by AHERA Consultants to achieve this goal. Although the building was closed to the public and staff from August 4th to August 17th, I have every expectation that the building will be ready for the start of school.
Very truly yours,
School Business Administrator/Board Secretary