Schools released for occupancy

Schools released for occupancy Milton, PA – September 2th, 2018
Thousands of cumulative hours of manpower by remediation crews, environmental experts, architectural and engineering firms has resulted in the reopening of all five schools in the Milton Area School District.
“We’ve learned an incredible amount about the resiliency of our district employees. Our custodial team has spent many long days, collaborating with SERVPRO’s talented remediation teams to make our schools safe for students and teachers to return to class.” Superintendent Dr. Cathy Keegan commented.
Environmental and Laboratory services firm, Mountain Research, received test results back on Sunday, giving the all clear for students to return to class. Mountain Research did note some spaces in district buildings are still under remediation. We are awaiting air quality results for the first floor of the middle school. Remediation teams told the district Sunday evening, they would continue cleaning so the rooms will be ready. Also, the multi-purpose room at White Deer Elementary, one classroom at Montandon Elementary, the High School Auditorium and a Professional Development space in the high school were still being remediated. Dr. Keegan and her administrative team are collaborating with SERVPRO cleaning teams to cordon off those areas while cleaning efforts wrap up. “Environmental scientists and our talented team of HVAC experts from NRG North tell us, these areas are all on separate HVAC systems and can be isolated so classes can begin. Most importantly, students, teachers and staff will be safe.” Teachers and students impacted by this delay will be accommodated in other spaces.
“I’ve spoken to administrators from several other schools across the state of Pennsylvania who’ve battled and continue to battle the very same issues. High humidity, incredible amounts of rain and high temperatures from Mother Nature dealt us a tough hand this summer.” Dr. Keegan admitted. “The incredible teams at SERVPRO told our Administrative team time and time again, that Milton’s proactive stance and the diligence of our custodial teams have put our district ahead of the curve.”
This bout of high humidity in Central PA opened the eyes of administrators to Milton’s aging HVAC systems. School administrators and the district’s board of directors will perform a forensic audit of these systems alongside HVAC experts in the coming weeks. Results from that audit will help administrators and the board make decisions on how best to proceed with repairs or replacement. Some of the school’s HVAC systems date back to the late 1970’s.
Dr. Keegan stated, “This high humidity issue was not an easy one for our district. Despite the frustratingly long hours and many unknowns, the focus of our district and our amazing partners was always to ensure that each and every one of our 2,050 students, 187 teachers and dozens of staff members would be safe coming back to class. We thank each and every one of our community members for their patience and understanding as we work through this process.”