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$$$ Hearst Elementary MOLD Remediation Contract $$$

Original post made by Contractor, Amador Estates, on Oct 17, 2009

$500,000 and GROWING, subject to what is FOUND when the walls are opened up! (See article below my commentary)..

I can attest as a contractor that ALL bids for STATE contracted work are TRIPLED in the construction industry, compared to the equivalent work in the private sector. There are a TON of qualified, lice3nsed and bonded construction firms in dire straights TODAY! I belive athat Heast got ONE bid?

Wow!! For what I have seen as far as services provided and scope of work- this is major price gouging in down times for contractors!!!

This is the NEWEST School in Pleasanton! The work is to mediate MOLD that TESTED at an unhealthy level ONLY! ALL of the buildings have some INTERNAL mold in the walls, as MOST of the other schools do as well.

In time, the ENTIRE school would test at an unsafe level as MOLD enclosed in Walls grows and spreads!

IF most all Pleasanton Schools were tested in the same manor as Hearst, I would bet that a LOT of building would be at an "unhealthy" range!

"District officials said the cause of the mold appears to be improperly sealed public address speakers on the outer walls. Spokeswoman Myla Grasso said she couldn't comment on whether the district would try and recoup the money."

This is OVER simplification as to the moisture peoble sources!!! The construction was faulty, roof leaking and major stucco cracks as well, as I understand.


Mold could cost Pleasanton district more than $500,000
By Robert Jordan
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 10/16/2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Updated: 10/16/2009 01:02:20 PM PDT

The cost to clean up mold discovered in classrooms the day before school began at Hearst Elementary School could exceed $500,000 for the cash-strapped Pleasanton School district.

District trustees approved four items Tuesday related to the mold problem, including hiring a company to repair the damage and clean up any remaining fungi and to bring in portable classrooms to house students and teachers affected by the closure of the school's C wing.

The work to fix the school and to rent and install six portables at the Case Avenue campus will cost the district $422,378. That figure could rise, depending on what the cleanup company finds in the walls of the affected wing, said Luz Cazares, the district's assistant superintendent of business services.

The cleanup could last several months, depending on what the crews find.

Mold was discovered Aug. 25 by a fifth-grade teacher, who found it growing on the wall after she moved a bookcase while cleaning her classroom. A district cleaning crew found more mold between the stucco and drywall. The discovery delayed the start of school by a day for the 683 students and has left the school without the use of nine of its 34 classrooms.

To accommodate the students, Hearst staff converted the school's science lab and computer lab and other specialty rooms into regular classrooms.

Exposure to mold can cause nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation, according to the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention. Someone allergic to mold could have severe reactions, including fever and shortness of breath.

In order to pay for the cleanup, trustees agreed to borrow money from the district's Sycamore Fund and pay back the amount with interest beginning in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

"The Sycamore Fund has been our last resort," said Chris Grant, the board president. "I am thankful that it is there but it frustrates me to use it."

The Sycamore Fund was started in the mid 1990s after the district sold a 42-acre piece of property located east of Sunol Boulevard and north of Sycamore Road for roughly $7 million. The fund has been used to support technology issues, but in the past two years some of the funds have been used to help balance the district's budget.

At their Sept. 23 meeting, trustees were told the district was short $350,000 in its $128 million budget for this year after the state readjusted its own budget in July. To deal with that loss the district asked its department to economize and took back any unspent funds from last year. The loss in state funding prevented the district from using general fund money to pay for the cleanup project.

District officials said the cause of the mold appears to be improperly sealed public address speakers on the outer walls. Spokeswoman Myla Grasso said she couldn't comment on whether the district would try and recoup the money.

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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2009 at 9:29 am

Why doesn't PUSD open the bids to contractors out of their little group of approved businesses? Obviously, the contractors who remodeled the schools were not worth what was paid for all the remodels or they would be repairing the schools at no cost to the district. There are other PUSD schools that are having the same types of issues. Some are just not as publicized as others.

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Posted by Director, Center for School Mold Help
a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2009 at 4:46 pm

According to the World Health Organization,July 16, 2009 :"Microbial pollution is a key element of indoor air pollution. It is caused by hundreds of species of bacteria and fungi, in particular filamentous fungi (mould),growing indoors when sufficient moisture is available. This document providesa comprehensive review of the scientific evidence on health problems associated with building moisture and biological agents. The review concludes that the most important effects are increased prevalences of respiratory symptoms, allergies and asthma as well as perturbation of the immunological system. " The Institute of Medicine (2004) found that mold and dampness are associated with development of lower respiratory disease in otherwise healthy children, and damp buildings are associated with development of new asthma cases. Visit for more information. This moldy school may have caused health effects in some of the occupants that parents need to learn more about!

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 18, 2009 at 9:37 pm

UI believe that's the bid, prior to opening the walls!!!!!!!

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Posted by toxicmoldtruth
a resident of another community
on Oct 20, 2009 at 9:39 am

Regarding the mold issue at Hearst, I think officials, parents, and students could benefit by looking into the remarkable mold research done by environmental expert Dr Ed Close. Simply diffusing a therapeutic-grade oil regularly in these buildings would likely result in an environment very hostile to mold. Moreover, numerous studies have shown breathing natural oils improves classroom performance.
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In one instance, 10,667 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a per cubic meter area. After diffusing Thieves essential oil for forty-eight hours, Dr Close retested. Only thirteen stachybotrys remained. Similarly, 75,000 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a sample of sheetrock. After seventy-two hours of diffusing, no stachybotrys mold spores remained. (Stachybotrys has a reputation for being the most toxic mold.)

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