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Dusty air closes southwest Oklahoma City school

Oklahoma City's Parmalee Elementary School will be closed Friday because of questionable air quality caused by MAPS for Kids construction at the school.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: February 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013

A southwest Oklahoma City school will be closed Friday because of a snag in construction.

MAPS for Kids renovations are under way at Parmelee Elementary School, 6700 S Hudson.

Construction workers pulled up old tile in the building, and dust particles escaped into the air, said Tierney Tinnin, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Public Schools. Thursday afternoon, inspectors with the state Labor Department expressed concern about the air quality.

Administrators decided to bus students and staff across the street to a recreation center as a precaution. Parents were notified, Tinnin said.

Officials collected and tested air samples Thursday evening to determine when students could return to school, MAPS Program Manager David Todd said.

Parmelee is undergoing a $2.3 million construction project that will add four new classrooms and a gym to the school. Parmelee opened in 1966 and has room for about 750 students in prekindergarten through sixth grade. It has received nearly $7 million in MAPS for Kids upgrades.