Asbestos found during Century High construction

BISMARCK, N.D. - Several Bismarck schools have been undergoing construction, and Century High School ran into a problem in the process.

Asbestos was found in the joint compound used to glue sheetrock to the wall.

The districts business and operations manager says it raises no safety concern for staff, students or the public.

“Asbestos is safe unless it becomes friable, so that's why we have to pay a special contractor to create negative air and remove it,” said Darin Scherr, Business and Operations Manager.

Scherr says they always put a contingency aside for problems like this that might come up, and they usually are budgeted at five percent of the entire project.

A contractor is already working to remove the asbestos after the school board approved it.