UPDATE: District 113 Facilities Renovation Would Put Major Asbestos Manufacturer Out of Business
By George Minkowski
The halls of Deerfield and Highland Park High School have a distinct aroma. It smells like a mixture of Axe Body Spray, learning, and some third thing. Since the inception of both District 113 schools, that mystery ingredient has been asbestos.
Despite the obvious health problems, the many uses of the asbestos give it a special place in District 113 buildings and District 113 lungs.
Faulk Building Co. provides the asbestos that insulates our pipes, fills our walls, and makes our water bottles. Over the years as other schools and buildings have sought safer alternatives, Deerfield and Highland Park remained on the client list. As of recently, they became the only two clients.
If the facilities renovation plan was to go through and District 113 would update and upkeep their schools with modern building materials, Faulk Building Co. would cease to exist.
Although money would be saved, many are hesitant to support the school overhaul because of the job losses that would take place.
The team of asbestos delivery boys who drop off crates of asbestos every morning would be out of a job. So would the doctors who treat them… I hate change.