Health Concerns Prompt Closure of Marshall Annex
MARSHALL, Mo. (AP) -- The Marshall school district will close a school annex contaminated with asbestos and mold because of concerns about the health of teachers and students.
District officials voted Tuesday to close the Bueker Middle School annex and moved classes next school year in three trailers. The annex, which houses about 150 students, was built 60 years ago.
Superintendent Ryan Huff says five teachers who taught in the annex have been diagnosed with cancer. But state health officials have told him that because the teachers had different types of cancer, it did not consider the area a cancer cluster.
The Marshall Democrat-News reports that several tax levy proposals for new school buildings in the district have been rejected by voters. The proposals would have included getting rid of the annex.