Even Lt. Gov. John Fetterman wore a business suit Tuesday for Gov. Tom Wolf’s annual budget address to the General Assembly. But as Wolf spoke about the need to focus on education and improving educational buildings statewide, workers wearing protective hazardous materials suits began removing furniture from lead- and asbestos-tainted Northeast Intermediate School in Scranton.
Northeast, the 114-year-old former technical high school, is closed indefinitely and perhaps permanently due to testing confirming the presence of lead in drinking water and asbestos in building materials. Three other old city schools also have closed, at least temporarily, for the same reasons.