Jun 142013

Audubon Charter School’s Carrollton campus.

The removal of lead paint from the McDonogh 7 school building on Milan Street will not be finished in time for Audubon Charter to move in by August, school officials said this week, meaning Audubon students will return to the decrepit Carrollton Courthouse building when school resumes next year.

In a letter dated Thursday, interim OPSB Superintendent Stan Smith tells Audubon officials that “the abatement of peeling lead paint and then the repainting of the entire building will take longer than originally anticipated.” Other work at McDonogh 7 — the installation of modular buildings, upgrades to heating and cooling systems, repaving the outdoor recreation area — are making progress, Smith writes, but the painting will not be finished by the start of school Aug. 14.

“This information is extremely disappointing for the Audubon School Community,” Audubon leaders wrote on the school website. “We will continue to work with OPSB to set a definite move date and will continue to update the Audubon Community as more information becomes available.”

The Audubon Charter School governing board is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Carrollton campus cafeteria, and the agenda includes an update on facilities by OPSB Deputy Superintendent Kathy Padian.

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