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Calvin Coolidge Elementary Reopens

It was the first day of school at Calvin Coolidge Elementary in Binghamton.
It was the first day of school at Calvin Coolidge Elementary in Binghamton on Monday.

The K-5 school on the city's Eastside has been closed since elevated levels of asbestos were discovered in the building over the summer. According to a letter sent to parents, the school district responded to parents concerns by going beyond containing the asbestos in the crawl space where it was discovered. Instead, it removed dirt and debris, laid a membrane on the floor, followed by concrete and cleaned the remaining surfaces of the crawl space. The district says the first and second floors tested below detectable limits for asbestos.

New principal Mary Kay Ryan says the students were excited to return to Coolidge.

"Kids just did what they needed to do and were happy to get in their classrooms. It just went way too smoothly. I'm very pleased about that," said Ryan.

Ryan says parents are welcome to come into the school to see that it is clean and safe. She says she now needs to get caught up on getting to know all of the kids and their families. Since the beginning of the school year, students have been split up between Roosevelt, Wilson and Franklin Elementaries as well as East Middle and the Columbus School.
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