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Well past expiration on school setbacks

April 10, 2019

The current Facilities Management Company is not responsible for the load that is being put on the taxpayer. Mold in schools, outdated equipment such as boilers and air conditioning units, disrepair, and asbestos, etc., is not the fault of ABM.

The company stepped into this mess which was handed to them by the previous management company, AFB. AFB overlooked or did not care to resolve many of the problems that the school districts were faced with even back 10 years ago.

AFB knew of the problem at Westover School. As much was pointed out in an article in this very paper. To be fair though, AFB was not responsible for some of the issues that needed to be addressed. Asbestos being one of them. Many of the schools are in disrepair. The problems have to be addressed vigorously.

It will cost taxpayers an estimated $25 million to address the problems the schools are facing. It would have cost half as much, maybe, if they were addressed 10 years ago and even less 20 years ago. Address the problems now so it won’t cost $50 million or more in another 10 years. Duct tape just doesn’t work anymore.

Mario Salvatore, Stamford