Engineers seek source of odor at a school

April 16, 2008 5:05:13 AM PDT
About 175 students from Harrisburg's Ben Franklin School will go to class elsewhere while a search goes on for the source of a sewerlike odor in their part of the building.

Every two or three weeks the odor becomes intense, usually in two or three rooms of the wing that houses the Harrisburg School District's Math and Science Academy.

Superintendent Gerald Kohn says the academy students will be in temporary classrooms at Temple University at Strawberry Square and the Anna Carter School in Susquehanna Township. That's until the source of the smell is found or the school year ends.

Students and teachers have complained about the odor for about two months. District engineers and contractors have been doing tests to try to find the source. Kohn says tests indicate there is no health problem at Ben Franklin.