Concerned about a persistent smell following the installation of a new roof at Jordan Middle School during the summer, officials moved a class out of one classroom and relocated 11 administrators and staff members from the campus’ main office while they try to determine its cause.
Jordan Middle School was one of eight Burbank campuses to receive new roofs over the summer that used materials manufactured by a company called Tremco. The work was paid for with Measure S bond funds.
Four other schools, including Luther Burbank Middle School, Disney Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and Burbank Adult School, received new roofs that emitted odors after the installation, but the fumes dissipated at those sites, said Craig Bell, the district’s director of facilities.
“It just seems to be that some of the smell is trapped in that office,” said Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz at a recent school board meeting.
After school officials initiated air quality tests, the results on 93 chemicals came back negative or within permissible levels outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, Bell said.