Final testing and work on the Andrews Elementary School HVAC system was completed this weekend, allowing students to return to their campus for the first day of school on August 28.
Teachers will be returning to the building this week now that all third party air quality tests have been completed and certified.
The District is now tackling mold at two more schools. Similar issues were found this weekend at Cummings High School and Broadview Middle School. We're awaiting test results tomorrow to determine next steps.
"It has come to our attention that there are recurring mold problems in parts of these school facilities. Upon closer inspection, it appears that some of these issues have been neglected over the years and allowed to worsen. With the recent construction work and fluctuations in weather, the mold growth has accelerated,” said Dr. Dain Butler, Superintendent.
“We want to assure families that the District is taking this seriously and plans to address the problem comprehensively.”
The District’s plan is to identify the underlying causes, including leaks, moisture buildup, and poor ventilation. All areas will be thoroughly cleaned before students and staff are allowed to be in these buildings.
So far, the District has spent over $1.2 million on mold remediation and HVAC system repairs at Andrews and Newlin Elementary Schools.
To start the year, Newlin will be relocated temporarily to Ray Street Academy. Ray Street students and staff will be moved to Graham Middle School.
“This will require a coordinated effort and patience as we tackle both the immediate issues and root causes,” Butler added.
The ABSS Board of Education will discuss next Monday, August 28 the possibility of getting an outside firm to conduct indoor air quality testing and a reevaluation of roofing systems at all facilities.
The District’s top priority is providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff.