CRACKER TRAIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
8200 Sparta Road
Sebring, Florida 33875
(863) 471-5777 /fax (863) 471-5785
Dr. Richard J Demeri Page D. Green
Principal Assistant Principal
August 24, 2009
In 1986, Congress passed the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requiring all schools,
kindergarten through twelfth grade, to be inspected for asbestos-containing building materials.
In the past, asbestos was used extensively in building materials because of its insulating and fire retarding
capabilities. Almost all buildings built before the late 1970's contained some asbestos. The asbestos could be found in
many building materials such as pipe insulation, structural fireproofing and floor covering to name a few.
In the fall ofl988, all schools in the District were inspected by an EPA-accredited inspection team. A
Management Plan, which outlines measures for controlling and abating asbestos-containing materials for each site, was
established and submitted to the Governor's office. A copy is on file for your review at the School Board Office at 426
School Street, Sebring, Florida. Also, individual building Management Plans can be found in each school's
At the time ofthe initial inspection, asbestos-containing building materials were found in many of the buildings
throughout the District. Although the materials found were mostly low at risk, abatement companies were hired to
remove materials with potential for damage or deterioration. On-going inspections and removal projects have been
conducted since that time.
Abatement projects conducted over the past year include floor covering removal from Avon Elementary, Avon
Park High, Fred Wild Elementary, Sebring Middle, Sebring High and E. O. Douglass and the removal or abatement of
heating boilers located at Avon Park Middle, Sebring Middle, Lake Placid Elementary and E. O. Douglass.
Currently, some asbestos-containing materials are present in Cracker Trail Elementary. These materials are
mostly in the form of floor tiles and cement panels and currently pose no health risk to students or personnel. These
materials will be properly maintained and damaged or deteriorated materials will be dealt with immediately as
prescribed by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kenneth Carlisle, Fire/Health/Safety Officer, at (863)
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