Mold remediation plan still in the works at Hearst

School may add portables to alleviate temporary classrooms in library, science rooms

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.


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Posted by CraigCamel
a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm

It's a shame that every year we see these types of indoor air quality issues creep up when custodians go in a week before school opens. Education is the key; environmental consultants need to be utilized to educate the maintenance staff on how to condition the buildings during the summer off-season. Mold testing and mold remediation can be avoided with education. Due diligence in finding a qualified building science expert goes a long way in preventing these problems we see each and every year.
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Posted by toxicmoldtruth
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on Sep 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm

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Posted by hybrid owner
a resident of Foothill High School
on Sep 24, 2009 at 8:17 am

So no one has caulked around the PA speakers since 2002? Isnt there a regular schedule of maintenance that should have been taking place? Buildings dont take care of themselves!

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