Ortitay, Bartolotta Secure Money to Replace Burgettstown School Roof, Assist with Mold Clean Up

HARRISBURG — Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) and Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Beaver/Greene/Washington) today announced a $100,000 state grant has been awarded to Burgettstown Area Middle-High School to fix its roof and assist with the cost of mold remediation. 

The school was closed for more than a week after air quality tests found mold in the school. A section of the building’s roof has been leaking, which contributed to the problem.

“I have advocated tirelessly to help Burgettstown secure state funding to fix its roof,” Ortitay said. “While a remediation company has worked diligently to address the mold issue, if the roof is not repaired, conditions will be ripe for it to return. I’m hopeful with the repaired roof and other steps, the issue of mold at the school will be history, and no more educational interruptions will occur.”

“The mold and associated air quality issues faced by Burgettstown High School underscore the need for a new roof and HVAC repairs at the High School/Middle School building. Repairing the roof will not only reduce the risk of these problems in the future, but also protect against other potential health concerns for students and faculty,” Bartolotta said. “The new roof and HVAC upgrades should also improve efficiency, help reduce utility bills and prevent additional water damage in the future, avoiding further financial burden to taxpayers.”

The 46th Legislative District includes Collier and South Fayette townships and Bridgeville, Heidelberg, McDonald and Oakdale boroughs in Allegheny County. It also encompasses Canton, Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships and Burgettstown, McDonald and Midway boroughs in Washington County.