Asbestos gives Yonkers students extended break

Students at Yonkers' Saunders High School got an extended break Monday when administrators decided to keep the school closed due to asbestos removal.

Crews were removing asbestos from the boiler room during the winter break as part of a rehabilitation project on the 50-year-old heating and air conditioning system. The project was delayed when workers didn't come in Friday.

The Department of Labor said the asbestos is contained to one area, but school officials are still waiting for air quality test results from an environmental agency before reopening the school.

"We have to make sure the boiler is completely safe and make sure the building is completely safe before we let students back in," said Yonkers Schools Superintended Bernard Pierorazio. "Until we get final air quality tests, we will not let students in," he said of the precautionary decision.

The results are expected by the end of Monday or sometime Tuesday.

For footage of the boiler room and interviews about asbestos concerns, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."