2019-2020 Asbestos Notification 

As a result of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), all elementary and secondary schools are required to develop and implement a plan for managing all building materials which contain asbestos.  Included in the act is the requirement to notify annually all parents, guardians and staff members, as well as organizations representing them, of activities and events with asbestos-containing building materials.

Asbestos has been used in many building materials due to its outstanding insulating and strengthening properties.  When it is undisturbed or intact, it poses little hazard to human health.

In 1989 all buildings under the control of the Indianola Community School District were inspected by EPA-accredited inspectors, with building material samples analyzed by an independent laboratory.  Based on the inspection, a management program was developed for safely and responsibly dealing with asbestos located within district buildings. 

During the 2019-2020 school year asbestos abatement was completed in the Old Central Office floor tiles in copy room, work room, vault room, storage room.  Asbestos abatement was also done by removing the kitchen sink, and caulking on the roof.      

At the Old Ag Building asbestos abatement was completed in classrooms, offices, caulking on roof, window frames, and wall by AC unit.  

Federal law also requires surveillance every six months of each area containing asbestos.  In addition, the law requires the re-inspection of all buildings every three years after a management plan is in place.  This was last accomplished, under contract with Impact 7G, on May 28, 2020.

The district has a list of locations, types of asbestos-containing materials found in the buildings and a description and timetable for their proper management.  A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available for review in each school office or at the Facilities Office.  Questions related to the plan should be directed to Tom Trembly, District Asbestos Program Manager, at 515-961-9590.

The Indianola Community School District is in compliance with AHERA.  It is our policy to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff members.  This shall be accomplished by strict enforcement of the policies regarding asbestos by the Asbestos Program Manager and school officials.