The Union Recorder

July 30, 2013

Schools experience mold problem, issues cleared

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Two schools within the Baldwin County public school system experienced a mold problem last week.

Once several classrooms at Baldwin High School and Oak Hill Middle School were found to have a mold issue, MERRITT Professional Carpet Cleaning and Restoration immediately began removing the mold and testing the indoor air quality. Results came back “good” Sunday.

“We had some mold in some classrooms. We shut down those classrooms until quality tests came back to see if the problem was taken care of. We had one classroom that revealed there was a mold issue, but MERRITT is still working on that classroom,” School Superintendent Geneva Braziel said Tuesday. “There were more classrooms at Oak Hill than at Baldwin High.”

With open house scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Braziel assures students, parents and teachers the mold problem has been taken care of and no one in the school buildings are subject to danger. Students return for classes Friday.

“We kept a lot of the classrooms closed so the [cleaning company] could correct the issue,” Braziel said. “We did the cleaning and the rooms are fine. If results came back and revealed otherwise, we would not allow schools to be open.”

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, mold grows in schools when airborne mold spores land on a damp “food source” and begin digesting it in order to survive. The water required for mold growth can enter school buildings and portable classrooms through leaky roofs, pipes, windows, foundations and other structural openings. Controlling moisture is the key to managing mold in schools.

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