Hudson -- The Hudson Board of Education voted unanimously June 9 to approve a contact with HEPA Environmental Services, not to exceed $24,240, for the Hudson Middle School Asbestos Abatement Project.

The program was established more than 20 years ago to remove asbestos tile from the school district.

The money will come from the permanent improvement fund, according to the district.

"We have a minimal amount of asbestos in some ceiling tile at the middle school," according to Chuck Schilling, district supervisor of facility services.

The removal is part of the district-wide Asbestos Management Plan.

"We will try to remove the tie-in phases over the next three to four years," Schilling said. "Because the tile location is out of reach, and the management plan we have in place, the tile does not pose a problem for students and staff."

The contractor will remove the ceiling tiles, which will be replaced with non asbestos tiles by district staff, Schilling said.

The HEPA Environmental Services project began June 16 and will end July 18.

Schilling reiterated that the tile poses no danger to staff or students.

"There is no danger because we have a management plan in place that was established in 1989 and I have been overseeing for the past 25 years," Schilling said.

The original building was constructed in 1928 with additions in 1929, 1955, 1961, 1972 and major renovations in 1989 and 1990, Schilling said.

The ceiling tiles were installed during the 1972 addition/renovation project.