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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s school district now has the money to get rid of some of the health hazards in dozens of its school buildings.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf made the announcement at Roosevelt Elementary School.
Crews will remove lead paint, mold, and asbestos from 57 buildings in the district, including the Roosevelt Elementary School.
“The safety of our children is always a priority,” tweeted Wolf.
He continued to explain the importance of a healthy school environment for children.
The joint funding, which totals $15.6 million, is coming from the state and the school district.
“I’m really excited about the additional investments that we’ll be getting in order to create conditions for students and the staff that we know they deserve,” said Danielle Floyd, the chief operating officer of the Philadelphia School District.
Floyd says the work will improve the environment for over 29,000 students who are going back to school in August.