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Governor urges aid for ailing high school

Renovations at a Tempe high school could be completed months earlier than expected under a plan set in motion by Gov. Janet Napolitano.

On Thursday, Napolitano asked the state School Facilities Board to ask the Legislature to allow the board to lend Tempe Union High School District $12 million to improve air quality at Corona del Sol High.

The board should immediately draft the statutory changes necessary to implement this type of loan program, Napolitano wrote in a letter to John Arnold, executive director of the board.

Arnold expects to have a draft ready within a week.

A 2006 environmental consultant found toxigenic mold at the school, carbon-dioxide levels that exceed state standards and poor air quality at Corona.

The study said upgrading the ventilation system would improve the air and decrease the likelihood of future mold growth.

The district has invested millions of dollars to clean the mold and upgrade the ventilation system but lacks the money to complete the repairs.

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