Officials to hold community meeting on odor, asbestos at Howard High

November 18, 1996|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Howard County school administrators and indoor air-quality consultants will answer questions tomorrow from Howard High School parents, students and the community about a mildew odor and the discovery of asbestos in the school.

Asbestos floor tiles were discovered recently in a first-floor classroom by maintenance workers, who were removing the carpet in an attempt to get rid of a mildew odor.

The asbestos tiles were removed without any health hazard to students or staff, school officials said.

Asbestos was not found in any other classrooms.

Six classrooms in Howard's B-wing have had a mildew odor for a month, and school maintenance workers have taken several steps to remove the smell, including scrubbing floors and walls and cleaning heating and air-conditioning systems.

Inspections by maintenance workers, the Howard County Health Department and an indoor air-quality consultant hired by the system have found no health hazards, school officials said.

Tomorrow's meeting will allow parents, students and others in the community to ask questions of school officials and the consultants.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Howard High, 8700 Old Annapolis Road.

Pub Date: 11/18/96

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