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Updated: 04/10/2014 08:00:01AM

Mercury cleanup costs school district $39,000

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DeSoto County School Superinten-dent Karyn Gary told the School Board Tuesday evening that the district’s net cost to clean up the recent mercury spill at DeSoto Middle School was approximately $39,000.

Finance Director Marcia Saulo said about $28,000 of the final cost was for actual environmental cleanup, while the cost to remove and replace carpet, paint and for other repairs was $14,000. However, the district was able to save some costs during the week the school was closed in transportation, staffing etc., totaling around $3,400. The final net cost was much less than the original estimate of $100,000 and the district is talking with its insurance carrier.

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