PS29 Construction

Update 04.24.2012

Posted by: admin on: April 24, 2012

Thursday April 24, 8am: Construction Committee planning meeting. Please come and be prepared to help. Email questions to

Thursday April 26, 7pm: PTA Meeting–SCA officials, press, and other community members are expected to attend. Pizza, childcare provided.


Despite Brad Lander’s letter (Letter to SCA re asbestos abatement at PS 29 FINAL), the protest at PS 29 yesterday, outreach to other politicians (Speaker Quinn, Bill DeBlasio, Squadron, Markowitz), press (see previous post), the response from DOE Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s office (see below) shows that all signs point to the likelihood of asbestos abatement at PS 29 beginning this Friday night.


On Monday, 4/23, the Chancellor’s office wrote to one of our members:


“There are many, many similar projects taking place across the City in our schools.  As the work progresses, we will be doing asbestos abatement, as we do in many schools.  Know that these efforts take place after school hours and on weekends.  Everything is thoroughly cleaned before the children re-enter the building in the morning.  Please be assured that the environment of PS29K will remain safe for our students and staff. Our School Construction Authority and School Facilities teams will work closely with your principal and with the school community as the work continues”


In light of this, here’s what we’re now working on:

  • A new list of detailed questions to be sent to the SCA requesting details about the full scope, timeframe, and safety procedures to be undertaken during this project. List will be posted here tomorrow.
  • Preparing for the possibility that abatement and dust-causing work will go on during school by doing proactive research and policing, and negotiating additional safety protocols with the SCA (as we have already with the dust). This requires speaking to experts, research on EPA recommendations, and other alternative research, ALL OF WHICH REQUIRES EXTRA HELP.
  • People come up with new ideas every day—we are compiling them. They range from hiring an independent monitor who oversees the whole job, instituting new technical safety measures, and more. If you have these kinds of ideas, please join us and help us follow up on them

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