The unexpected discovery of asbestos in the ceilings of Skoi-Yase Primary School and LaFayette Intermediate School is primarily being blamed for voter approval being needed to add $2.9 million to a 2014 capital project.
The Board of Education voted 9-0 Monday to schedule a vote of district residents from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at the District Offices, 109 Washington St.
The $2.9 million would be added to a $21 million capital project approved by voters in December 2014, bringing the project cost up to $23.9 million.
School Superintendent Terri Bavis said the additional cost will not increase school taxes for district residents.
“Asbestos was found in the ceilings in both elementary buildings that was not in the drawings,” Bavis said. “This had to be abated and slowed our project work. It also took away from our budget for the remainder of the project.”