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FFMS Project Update

April 19, 2017

Dear Felix Festa Middle School Parents, Guardians and Staff,

As you are aware, facilities work at Felix Festa Middle School began over the April break. These projects will significantly improve the Festa Campus and include new roofing, a new boiler, upgrades to the school’s electrical systems and new auditorium seating.

It is anticipated that all work will be completed in time for the opening of the 2017-18 school year.

A number of meetings have been held to create plans to allow partial work to be begin now through June. The top priority in creating this schedule was to ensure the safety of our students and staff and the maintenance of a clean and healthy environment.

I would like to address some concerns shared with me and the precautions being taken to guard your safety.

As with any reconstruction or renovation project, we should expect that there will be dirt, dust and debris even with our planned increased cleaning protocols.

Included as part of the roof replacement is an asbestos abatement. This abatement process is taking place on the exterior roof and outside of the school building. The abatement procedures follow all federal and state regulation for safe asbestos handling. In addition to the roofing contractor, the District also has in place an asbestos removal company and an asbestos hygienist to monitor the work environment.

As part of the safety protocol, each classroom in the construction area is covered in plastic tarp. At the end of each work day, the tarp is removed in a way that allows for the collection of any debris. Please know that this debris, dust, etc. is not a result of the roof work, but is residue that falls from overhead areas inside the classroom as a result of vibrations from the equipment and activity on the roof; basically, shaking loose any dust and debris from the classroom vents, walls, lights, etc.

Following the work on the C-wing roof, we received reports of dust and debris in classrooms that may not have been caught in the plastic tarp. While it is expected that the materials are normal construction debris, out of an abundance of caution, the team will be conducting air sampling to be done in classrooms and the hallway. The sampling will be done today, with the results expected on Friday. I will share the findings with you when received.

I am excited for the completion of these projects and the positive impact the work will have on the Felix Festa community. It is my goal to ensure that we partner throughout the project to ensure all stakeholders needs are understood.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your building principal.

Make it a great day.


Martin D. Cox