More state money to help Philly schools remove lead paint

Mike DeNardo
July 31, 2019 - 6:52 pm
Gov. Wolf announced Wednesday that the state is kicking in extra money to help Philadelphia schools continue to remove lead paint from their buildings.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Wolf announced Wednesday that the state is kicking in extra money to help Philadelphia schools continue to remove lead paint from their buildings.  

Visitors' shoes stick to the flypaper-like adhesive mats at the entrances to rooms at Heston Elementary School in West Parkside. The walls, windows and floors are covered with plastic sheets as crews work to stabilize lead paint.  

Assistant principal Audrey Fields says crews started the job in April.

"They actually did work last year but there are still places that we've discovered still have paint peeling, walls (sic) were coming off of things, kids were touching things and had stuff on their hands," Fields said.

After reports of dangerous lead levels in Philly classrooms, the state last year allocated an extra $8 million for lead paint stabilization. The district contributed another $8 million. 

Wolf visited Heston Wednesday to say the state was giving more.

"I'm proud to announce another $4.3 million in state funds for lead paint stabilization that will make classrooms and hallways of Philadelphia schools safer," Wolf said. 

Wolf said that money, though, is not enough. He used the occasion to push his Restore PA proposal, which would provide $4.5 billion for state infrastructure improvements funded with an extraction tax on Marcellus Shale gas.