Mold removal at elementary school progressing

MOOERS The emergency renovation of a section of the Matthews Wing at Mooers Elementary School continues. According to Northeastern Clinton Central School District Superintendent Peter J. Turner, the district is continuing work on an emergency project to remove carpets in the schools kindergarten rooms. Mold was found beneath the carpets Sept. 15, prompting the administration to close school the following day. The five classrooms affected in the wing were relocated, with first grade classes moved next door to St. Joseph s Parish and kindergarten classes relocated within the building. Classes resumed Sept. 17 in their new locations. Upon further investigation, Turner said the mold grew undetected during the summer when moisture developed under the carpeting. Tests conducted following the discovery classified the mold as penicillium/aspergillus, a common but potentially toxic form of mold. The tests further showed there was no effect on air quality and no airborne mold spores were detected, said Turner. I think we got it relatively quickly, said Turner. An asbestos abatement contractor was hired to remove the carpets Tuesday and the tile beneath them, which is made from asbestos. A vinyl tile floor will be installed in its place. Students will return to their classrooms once the matter has been handled, said Turner, which he expects to be within the next two weeks.

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