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School District of Philadelphia continues tackling building improvements

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William Hite says COVID-19 may be preventing in-person learning, but it’s not stopping the district from tackling much-needed building improvements head-on.

“One of the things that is not a secret is the amount of capital improvements that actually need to be done in the school district,” said Hite. “Some 250,000 feet of asbestos-containing material were removed from buildings. That was work that was already planned. We have been able to do a lot more because the schools have been closed.”

Since March of this year, the district says it has invested $264 million in building improvements. That money has been used on a number of projects, like making sure schools are certified lead safe, repairing roofs, renovating bathrooms and making crucial HVAC and electrical upgrades.

“We are faced with, as you know and have heard already, an antiquated infrastructure here, so

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