Wolf, Kenney, district announce funding to repair aging school buildings

The district plans to accelerate work at the seven worst.

Mike DeNardo
June 29, 2018 - 8:22 am
The School District of Philadelphia

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday is announcing more funding to address the dangerous environmental conditions in Philadelphia's aging school buildings.

Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney and district officials are expected to make the announcement at Roosevelt Elementary School in East Germantown. The funds will be used to remove lead, mold and asbestos from city schools. 

Last week the School District of Philadelphia announced plans to accelerate asbestos removal and lead abatement at seven schools where conditions were the worst. It's an issue the city and state have been trying to address, following a recent Inquirer series outlining seriously unhealthy environmental conditons at more than half of Philadelphia's schools. 

At a news conference earlier this month, teachers union president Jerry Jordan said something has to be done.

"Our children should not be attending schools where there is asbestos dust," Jordan said, "where water is not safe to drink, where there are lead chips that are falling."