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With the current school year coming to a close, administrators in Middle Township schools may be breathing a sigh of relief, but for some parents the ongoing mold issue remains a serious concern, according to a story in the Cape May County Herald. In two of the district’s schools, the 2011-2012 academic year brought readin’, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic and remediation. Mold remediation, that is.
While administrators have assured the public the mold is gone from Elementary No. 1 and No. 2, parents remain skeptical. “It’s so bad that I withdrew my daughter from the pre-school program,” said a mother of a 5-year-old in a May 16 interview with the Herald.
This past December testing was performed in Elementary No. 1 after parents’ complaints of mold growing on toys, glue sticks, and the American flag. Initially school administrators said the mold issue was contained after the district’s custodial staff was brought in on Sat., Dec. 3 to address the infestation.
With the on-going mold issue in No. 1, an independent air quality testing company was brought in to test for the presence of mold. Testing revealed mold to be present throughout the building. Remediators were brought in during the winter break to clean the building of its infestation, with the building being retested and found to be safe for students’ occupancy.
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