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Grand Rapids school undergoing asbestos testing, to reopen next year

North Park Montessori has been closed since Feb. 15 for concerns over asbestos in the building.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - As the school year comes to an end, Grand Rapids Public Schools updated the community on the work happening at North Park Montessori -- the school that was closed over an asbestos scare.

The district has worked with numerous governmental agencies in order to ensure the facility is healthy and ready for use this fall.

According to the district, the building has been cleared for further testing by Ann-Arbor based Nova Environmental. The following timeline, which is tentative, was released to parents and community members:

  1. Lead sampling is projected to occur on April 30. 
  2. All other air samples are projected to occur the week of May 6. 
  3. A cleaning plan will be developed by May 8.  
  4. Contractor proposals will be returned by May 15.
  5. A contractor will be selected and cleaning started by May 20.
  6. The facility cleaning will be completed by June 13.

North Park Montessori has been closed since Feb. 15. The plaster that possibly contained asbestos was breached during construction at the schools. Within 72 hours, all 400 students and staff at North Park were moved to GRPS university and have been there since.


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