Dear Schodack CSD community,

We want to let you know we will have some asbestos abatement at Maple Hill Jr./Sr. High School during the week of Aug. 19. While we will take all the necessary safety precautions, we wanted to let our community know to ease any possible concerns.

The work will involve removing all the ceiling tiles in the Technology Room. It is a relatively small project and expected to take about a week to complete.

The district has hired CHA Consulting, Inc. to monitor the work. They put together a plan that meets all federal and state codes. These codes ensure that work is done safely and the asbestos is disposed of properly. We have put up notices in the building to ensure anyone entering the school knows that abatement work could be taking place, even though the work area will be inaccessible to the public.

Please know abatement work has many safety requirements. Workers must be trained and wear protective suits and respirators. The area must be sealed off. Negative air machines (large fans with HEPA filters that constantly suck air from the work site and blow it outside) must run at all times during the work to catch any particles that might be in the air and clean the air before discharging it outside.

Monitoring machines that sample the air around the perimeter of the work site will ensure none of the particles escape. CHA Consulting, Inc. will always have a technician on site to monitor the work and make sure it meets codes. CHA Consulting, Inc. has the authority to shut down the work at any time. They will clear the site when the work is done and the area is clear. All air samples will be verified by a laboratory.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Facilities Director Matthew LaClair at 518-813-6414.


Jason Chevrier