Dear MLK Jr. community members,
We’d like to update you on our construction progress and provide some helpful testing data for hazardous materials at Martin Luther King Jr. School.
The health and safety of students and staff is always our top priority and responsibility. We have taken great care to clean classrooms and surroundings so that our students and staff are comfortable and safe as we start the new school year. PPS requires construction contractors follow all standards and guidelines set forth in Hazard Emergency Response regulations for schools, and by EPA, HUD, OSHA and DEQ when performing post-construction clean-up work. PPS also contracts with third party testing firms, like Apex Environment Consulting, to provide final testing to make sure everything is safe before we open the site to students and staff.
The MLK Jr. campus has received a seismically strengthened roof, new fire sprinklers and an upgraded fire alarm system along with ADA upgrades including an elevator to help ensure a safe and more accessible environment for the community.
Testing results are now available
All testing for asbestos and lead have been completed, and we are pleased that all the tests were negative. For more details, you can view the official results from APEX Environmental on asbestos and on lead here.
Continued construction at MLK Jr.
PPS crews will remain on site a little while longer to continue construction of a new elevator for the school. The time needed to install a new elevator takes longer than the summer break construction window. The good news is that elevator construction is ahead of schedule and it is expected to be completed by spring of 2019.
The continuing construction should cause minimal disruption to the school. The elevator construction areas are not accessible by students and are completely enclosed behind sealed walls. Work that needs to take place in the school hallways will occur after school hours.
School grounds access and fencing
The remaining fenced in areas are located on the eastside of the school along 7th Ave. and in the south enclosed courtyard between the school and Annex.
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