With nearly 100,000 “disabled access” issues identified at Palm Beach County schools, district officials finally appear ready to tackle the problem to the tune of about $18 million over the next decade.
A “transition plan” has been outlined to begin bringing the district’s roughly 29 million square feet of building space into compliance with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act, according to a report presented at the budget advisory committee meeting last week. Since 1990, the act has required state and local government facilities such as schools to be made reasonably accessible to the disabled.
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School access for disabled
Type of disabled access issues found in Palm Beach County schools, according to a survey of district building space.
Doors and gates: 53,190 (53.6 percent)
Bathrooms: 37,045 (37.4 percent)
Drinking fountains: 2,347 (2.4 percent)
Access routes: 1,950 (1.9 percent)
Assembly areas: 911 (0.9 percent)
Dressing rooms: 704 (0.7 percent)
Parking: 648 (0.7 percent)
Ramps (including curbs): 1226 (1.2 percent)
Elevators: 420 (0.4 percent)
Passenger loading zones: 303 (0.3 percent)
Stairs: 266 (0.3 percent)
Lifts: 135 (0.1 percent)
Source: Palm Beach County School District.