Another Philadelphia school building is closed because of discovery of asbestos

Mike DeNardo
December 17, 2019 - 4:31 pm
A Philadelphia School District police car.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Another Philadelphia school is being closed because of asbestos.

The School District of Philadelphia has closed the Franklin Learning Center, a high school at 15th and Wallace streets, after asbestos was found in the heating shafts in the building. 

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In a letter to parents, the district says damage to asbestos-containing pipe insulation was discovered in an air shaft connecting the attic to the fan room. The district says it's working to abate the fan room and air shaft and that the work is expected to be finished by the time school resumes after winter break on Jan 2. 

Teachers union president Jerry Jordan in a statement said "the situation at FLC is emblematic of the emergency conditions in far too many" district school buildings.   

Students at Ben Franklin High School and Science Leadership Academy remain displaced because of asbestos, as do students at Peirce Elementary School and a preschool program at the former Pratt Elementary.