UPDATE: School Board Addresses Mold Concerns

By: Shannon Houser, Steffany Hiett Email
By: Shannon Houser, Steffany Hiett Email

UPDATE 10/18/13 @ 3:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- With South Charleston Middle School having tested positive for mold, Kanawha County School Board members say they're taking the right steps to keep kids safe inside the building.

Results of a study revealed mold in the girls bathroom and the 6th grade hallways.

Kanahwa County Middle Schools Assistant Superintendent Lou Maynus explains what they did when they found out about the mold. "They sealed off that bathroom, they cleaned it up. They went back in and did additional air quality testing and found it to be within the normal limit."

She says the air quality is safe for students and faculty to continue learning in the building without closing the school down.

As contractors continue cleaning up the mess, parents like David Haden say it's not something new.

"We came back to school this year and saw they made some repairs, but hadn't made all the repairs," Haden said. The problem, parents say, is a lack of communication.

Haden says it has taken multiple trips to school board meetings to get the issues addressed.

"If parents don't come to them and tell them what they need, then they don't have any idea what's going on," he said.

The school board disagrees. They say they've addressed every issue as soon as receiving word of a problem.

"The issues at South Charleston we're addressing very directly and we just want to make sure the air quality is good and we have good conditions for our children," Maynus said.

The board believes the mold is because of a leaking roof, one they are currently repairing. They say they are confident this will prevent any further mold from developing or growing and fix the problem for good.

UPDATE 10/17/13 @ 10:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- All eyes were on South Charleston Middle School Thursday night at the Kanawha County school board meeting.

Parents have been complaining about mold on the walls and in the students' classrooms.

A study released Thursday night revealed high levels of mold in the girl's restroom along with the sixth grade wing.

Parents say they have health concerns for their children, and that this problem needs fixed now.

The roof at the school is getting replaced and the hope is that is will help alleviate some of the problems.

Construction on the roof will begin on October 26.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There's concern over something growing on the walls of a local school.

South Charleston Middle School Principal Henry Graves says he doesn't want parents and students to worry just yet. He says Kanawha County Schools has contracted a company to come and test the walls to determine if it is mold or something else.

The problem spot is inside a science classroom. Graves says they had problems a few years ago with the same substance in the same classroom. He says they cleaned it up, but what started as a small spot kept coming back and growing. "If it is mold, the proper personnel that would make those decisions would make the decision whether to close the school, but I don't see that happening."

There's no word on when the company will come test the wall or when results would be in. Graves says, "we're here to keep our students safe and we're doing everything that we can possibly to do to make sure we have a safe environment for our students."

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