St. Christine School resumes classes today

Roof leak, repairs led to closure of several days

Staff report


St. Christine School, 3125 S. Schenley Ave., will resume classes today after a roof leak shut down the building about two weeks ago.

The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown’s assistant Superintendent Randy Rair said a crack in the roof caused melting snow to leak into classrooms. The crack also released asbestos into the air, making it unsafe for students and staff.

“The asbestos was safe when it was contained in the roof, but it’s not now that it’s in the air,” Rair explained.

The school had to remain closed until the asbestos was properly eradicated and air quality tests were performed.

“There was a slight delay when the snowstorm hit [last week],” Rair said. “But we brought a crew into the school to perform a very precise process of sealing off the asbestos and the classrooms, then essentially bringing in a giant vacuum to suck it all out.”

The air quality test results from Monday showed the air is safe for students and staff, he added.

Students had Wednesday off so staff could move desks and various school items back into place.

“Students and staff will return to a clean, safe school,” Rair said. “We are excited to get back to learning.”

Rair said all of the cleanup cost will be covered by the school’s insurance and staff is trying to figure out how to make up the days missed without taking up too much of students’ summers.

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