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Kingswood High opening delayed

Classes have been postponed two weeks at Kingswood High School after asbestos and unstable walls were found in the school's cafeteria. Students in seventh through 12th grade will begin school Sept. 19 rather than the previously scheduled Sept. 6, according to Governor Wentworth School District Superintendent Jack Robertson.

Robertson said crews were removing other asbestos in the building this summer when they discovered unexpected asbestos in the cafeteria ceiling and had to push back their timeline to remove it.

'The little surprise that came is we had tested the ceiling in the cafeteria and knew that it was not asbestos,' he said. 'But when it was demolished and taken down there was another ceiling behind it (with asbestos in it). So that slowed us up.'

After removing the ceiling, crews also found that several walls in the cafeteria were not at current standards, Robertson said.

The missed days will be made up on Columbus Day as well as over two teacher in-service days near Thanksgiving. The other six days will be made up at the end of the school year in June. Robertson said air conditioning is being installed as part of the renovations, which will make it more comfortable for the high school students to be there into late June.

Students at Kingswood Middle School will begin classes as scheduled Sept. 6.

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