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ASD Board Passes Resolution in Support of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)

ASD Board Passes Resolution in Support of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)
Posted on 05/28/2020
During the May 28, 2020, regular board meeting, the Allentown School District Board of Directors adopted two resolutions that support state-level legislation and has the potential to greatly impact District finances. 

The first, a resolution supporting Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to expand the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to remediate contaminants in schools. The official resolution is available in BoardDocs here. This expansion would provide ASD with the reimbursement of essential funding to identify and address hazardous materials in our schools and protect the health, wellbeing, and education of our children. 

Governor Wolf previously visited Allentown to discuss plans for the RestorePA initiatives which would address hazardous materials in school buildings, and the expansion of RACP grants will allow for this to come to fruition. Currently, RACP is only available to state municipalities. 

The Allentown School District and Board of Directors are committed to creating a culture where students feel safe, valued, and nurtured. It is critical to support building infrastructure projects that invest and repair our aging buildings, as ASD has 19 buildings that were built before 1950. Our Strategic Framework recognized 69 critical building deficiencies as a baseline metric and our facilities department is working consistently to address those and create physical environments where students can learn. 

Over the last five years, ASD has spent close to $22 million to address building deficiencies and $5 million of that has been used to abate hazardous materials. This resolution and subsequent legislation would allow for the district to be reimbursed for the cost associated with remediation and removal of these hazardous materials.