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Johnson Junior High Cleanup Bill Approaching $16K And Counting

The price tag for cleaning up Johnson Junior High School after mercury was found on campus is set to be at least around $16,000.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports CCSD has gotten invoices for just under that figure so far, and that's from two companies the district hired to remove the mercury from the middle school.

Back on Sept. 7, mercury was found on the campus.

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That prompted a lockdown lasting well into the night as teachers, staff and students were examined for any traces of the heavy metal.

The campus did not reopen until the next week after crews had to decontaminate the campus inch by inch.

CCSD says it expects further bills to come in related to the cleanup effort.

No word yet, either, on who may have been responsible for bringing the mercury to campus in the first place.

Casey Morell is the coordinating producer of Nevada Public Radio's flagship broadcast State of Nevada and one of the station's midday newscast announcers. (He's also been interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, whatever that's worth.)