By Ashley Weigel
Lansing Star Staff Writer
LANSING- The Lansing School Board recently unanimously voted to renovate the board room in the Lansing School District Administration Building.
In December 2012, the roof to the board room in an old elementary school gymnasium caved in, destroying the room. Asbestos was found in the debris. There is a dropped ceiling in the room, which makes the damage worse.
With the room destroyed and asbestos floating through the air, the board moved meetings to three different locations, according to board treasurer Shirley Rodgers. Everett High School will be used until the room is renovated.
“We picked the Everett small auditorium as our location for Board meetings from this point forward, so that people aren’t confused about where to go,” Rodgers said. “It’s a nice size for the public to come, and we felt comfortable here.”
Construction is set to start immediately. Rodgers said it could take six to eight weeks. This renovation project will prove to be more complicated than most because of potential hazards from asbestos.
According to Sam Sinicropi, assistant superintendent for operations, the board has to bring in an air sampling company to work with the construction crew.
“They monitor the equipment to make sure there isn’t asbestos flying around or anything like that,” Sinicropi said.
The Board members are anxious to have their old meeting place again.
“I can’t wait for it to get fixed,” said Yvonne Caamul Canul, the Lansing Public Schools superintendent. “It’s a better place for us to be. We love being here at schools, but sometimes it’s just easier for everyone to be in the board room.”