Tonight, there’s a special PTA meeting for parents at 7pm in Montclair’s BOE building at 22 Valley Road, second floor. Dana Sullivan is expected to show up with the asbestos testing results; Renaissance principal Dr. Cobb will attend, environmental consultants, a public health nurse, and a pediatrician have also been invited.
“Attendance at Renaissance today is better than expected,” says PTA prez Mary Ann Cucci. Yesterday, we heard from parents who were deliberating whether they could trust the BOE’s clean school statement and send their kids to school, or if they should boycott classes to send a message to the school board.
Principal Dr. Charles Cobb estimates that 25% of sixth and seventh graders did not return today. Eighth graders are on a D.C. field trip.
“No more construction will be allowed in this building, period,” says Cobb, “until after the school year ends.” “I’ll only allow simple maintenance.” “Policies and procedures are now being put in place to notify parents, students, and teachers – way ahead of time – when construction projects are planned, so they can give us feedback,” he says. This morning, Cobb went around to all the homerooms to answer lots of questions from the students, who he described as “very happy.”