A mold specialist spoke to parents at Hearst Elementary School Monday night in the first follow-up meeting since the discovery of mold in several classrooms that cancelled the first day of classes.
Mike Noel, president of Millennium Environmental Consulting Associates, answered questions from parents as well as outlined the extent of the mold, potential danger levels and measures the school district took to clean the classrooms.
A remediation plan from Millennium is still in the works and repairs are expected to take several months.
Myla Grasso, school district spokeswoman, said some classes have been meeting in the science room and library because the mold has closed some classrooms.
She said the district is looking into adding portable classrooms, with hopes of getting students moved in by Thanksgiving break. Grasso couldn't confirm how many portables would be needed, but said each costs around $30,000.
In the meantime, Hearst principal Michael Kufhal said in a letter to parents that the school will continue to test the air in occupied rooms and that extra custodial support is available.
The mold is believed to be caused by a lack of caulking around the PA speakers at the time of construction, in 2000, which allowed moisture to seep into the walls.