PHILADELPHIA – State and local leaders say that The School District of Philadelphia will receive $15.6 million to remove lead, mold and asbestos at 57 school buildings in the city.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf made for the funding Friday announcement. He was accompanied by Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite and other officials.
Hite says, “the health and safety of our students is crucial.”
Pennsylvania will be the cover of $7.6 million for lead paint remediation at 40 schools in the city, while the remaining $8 million will come from the school district for lead paint, mold and asbestos removal.
The announcement comes a month after an investigation by The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News found that more than half of Philadelphia public elementary schools have severe environmental hazards, such as lead dust, mold spores and asbestos fibers.