Mold Problems in Marshall

1 decade 7 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, November 01 2007 Nov 1, 2007 Thursday, November 01, 2007 5:46:36 PM CDT November 01, 2007 in News

Potentially toxic mold is growing in one Marshall elementary school, while non-toxic mold was found in another school there.  School officials are moving quickly to protect students.  Even while class is in session school officials search for mold.  One elementary classroom sits empty as specialists closely examine spores of mold.  It's invisible and wasn't found until a teacher got sick.

"One of my 2nd grade teachers had come to me and expressed she had some health concerns and believed it could be mold that was causing the issue, so we looked into it and went from there," said Principal Rendy Maupin.

That group of second-graders was then moved to another room and experts are now checking the affected classroom.

"We're working with professional mold specialists and a certified industrial hygienist and our insurance company to insure we're going through the proper protocol so to do it correctly," said Superintendent Dr. Rob Gordon.

Bueker Middle School officials are also examining a classroom for mold.  After tests were taken, higher levels of non-toxic mold was found in one of the classrooms on the lower level of its 3-story building.  Specialists are even ripping up carpets to find the source.  Mold grows in high-moisture areas like carpets, plants, and ceiling tiles.

"We're trying to do everything appropriate to make sure that our teachers and our children are in very safe environments for teaching and learning," said Gordon.

The school district wants both parents and students to know the schools are safe.  School officials say specialists will continue to examine affected areas until the source of the mold is found and removed.

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