Dublin ISD will pay up to $20,000 to remove asbestos from the "old intermediate" building before it is demolished.
During a special meeting Tuesday night, the school board discussed the Texas Department of State Health Services' inspection report that confirmed about 5,000 square feet of the building was contaminated with asbestos.
Board President Sammy Moore cast the tie-breaking vote to provide up to $20,000 to abate the asbestos from the building. Mike Jurney and Garron House supported the budget amendment, while Daniel Thiebaud and Adrianne Fails would not support channeling additional school funds into a building not being used.
"I absolutely cannot support taking money away from providing our students an education and put it in to this building that is not even being used," Thiebaud said.
In December, the Texas Association of School Boards determined the building contained no asbestos after an in-house inspection. However, samples taken from the building by DSHS, as well as an independent inspector, found that asbestos was, in fact, present.
Taking the TASB inspection - among other factors - into consideration, the board decided in December to demolish the building at a cost of $52,000.
Now, the district will have paid about $90,000 for the demolition, according to estimations made by Fails during the meeting.
According to Superintendent Shaun Barnett, TASB has agreed to reimburse DISD the cost of the inspection and provide free dues to the association next year, but some board members do not feel that is enough.
"This has been a long road for us to get where we are now," Thiebaud said. "At this point, [the TASB inspection] has held up the project and cost the district a lot of money. I would like to see TASB pay for part of the abatement."