School Board Makes $800,000 Mistake!

School Board Makes $800,000 Mistake!
Former Westview Chemistry teacher Marion Pitts remembers it, “There was moisture on the lockers, the table tops. There was moisture everywhere.”
The school system’s response…
“They used big fans. We were told to stay out of the building while they did that. They got things dry so we could get back in the school,” said Pitts.
Pitts said the storage closet in her chemistry lab was especially bad, “I noticed some black things on the ceiling tiles, coming down from ceiling tiles onto the walls. Some black growth started forming.”
“They went to all these totally ineffective means to clean it up and exposed all these kids and all these employees for all this amount of time,” said Parrish.

Recently, there was a news article about a serious mold problem that occurred in a school. Apparently, a pipe burst during the summer holidays and created serious moisture issues.
It is a fact mold is one of the problems caused by excessive moisture because water is one of the key ingredients mold needs to grow. This is one of the reasons that flooding and sewer backups cause mold problems. Other key ingredients for mold growth are the right temperature of 5 degrees to 38 degrees and of course food, such as paper, wood, drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt.
In this case, the decision makers in charge of the school system made some bad, negligent decisions because they did not ask professionals to assess the situation, inspect the school for mold, and get the air quality tested. Instead, all they did was try to dry out the school, which clearly did not work and led to the proliferation of mold.
Ultimately, this was a very costly mistake for the School Board and tax payers because $800,000 in damages had to be paid out to plaintiffs in a law suit. Perhaps, the most troubling aspect of this case is the pipe burst in 1998 and the case was not settled until 2010. For many years, students and teachers were exposed to bad air quality and toxic mold.
Sadly, the true cost of this is most likely in the millions of dollars when considering the health costs, not to mention that lives were ruined. This is a clear case of trying to put a band aid on a problem that dealt with effectively could have been prevented. It is simply short-sighted, penny wise pound foolish behavior. I wonder how many other schools are unsafe? If you are a student or teacher and you believe your school is causing sickness, we want to hear from you.
Got Mold? has written extensively on the issue of mold in schools and consistently documents each occurrence we find by publishing Mold in the News.
What do you think about the issue of mold in schools?
What do you think should be done to ensure that the air quality is safe for our teachers and children in our schools?
We look forward to your comments and feedback.
For your reference, listed below are some other articles on the issue of Mold in Schools:
Mold in Schools: Statistical Analysis
Mould in Classroom Made Her Sick!
Should Canadian School Boards be Concerned About Mold?
Are Schools Making Kids Sick?

Mold in the News: Issue 29

Mold in the News: Issue 29
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
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Video: NBC’s Rossen Report: Are Mold Contractors Charging for Unneeded Work?: Toxic mold in your home can be dangerous. But when you call mold contractors for help, are they competent and honest?
‘Today Show’ hidden cameras catch the owner of A-1 Basement Solutions in Scotch Plains being honest with customers: What started as a routine business call for Doug Lynch, owner of A-1 Basement Solutions, Scotch Plains, turned into the best testimonial of his services imaginable. Lynch got a call from a friend this morning saying he’d just seen Lynch on the Today Show. Turns out that a call he’d gotten about three weeks ago to check a house for mold was part of an undercover investigation by Today’s Rossen Reports on whether mold contractors are charging for unneeded work.
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Mold problem discovered at Trinity Center school: Trinity Center Elementary School students and staff in March were suddenly forced to seek refuge in their own sort of lifeboat after it was discovered that a slow and prolonged leak in the roof had produced a moldy main structure that everyone was ordered to vacate.
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Video: Mold clean-up getting more expensive: Union Gap’s response to deal with the City Hall mold problem is getting more expensive. The city’s mold problem is turning into a very costly fix. It’s also got the city scrambling to find suitable offices for all their employees and agencies. The Union Gap City Council approved an additional $32,000 for costs associated with the relocation of the city’s municipal court system due to a mold infestation.
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CDC: Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people in US; SC plant had toxic mold problem in 2005: “People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was that they had fed their pets Diamond Pet Foods,” said CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell.
MISCELLANEOUS (2)
Burglar leaves water running, fills Albrightsville house with mold: A Carbon County burglar left a house full of mold when he stole a television set and then left the water running for days before the break-in was discovered, police said.
FEMA disputes Government Center mold levels: A report by federal inspectors disputes Orange County’s claims of extensive mold in the Government Center and suggests that two severe storms that prompted County Executive Ed Diana to close the complex in September actually caused little damage.

Mold in the News: Issue 28

Mold in the News: Issue 28
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
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Couple concerned son’s health is at risk due to mould problem: A concerned couple believe a mould problem in their Droitwich home is damaging their son’s health.
Flooded First Nation raises dike damage concerns: A Manitoba First Nation that was ravaged by last year’s floods is accusing the provincial government of ignoring flood-related damage in the community. The Dauphin River First Nation was one of numerous First Nations that were evacuated as a result of last spring’s major flooding.
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Labrador school report sparks parental outrage: The school in the southern Labrador town of Charlottetown has been failed for its heating, ventilation and plumbing, a new assessment shows.
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Big wet creates mould mayhem: Imagine arriving home to find your clothes, walls, and furniture covered in mould.
Mold Found at Comal County Jail; Remediation to Cost $102K: Comal County has more on their plate at the county jail after a recent inspection revealed a mold problem throughout the jail complex.
Video: Mold may be lurking in Union Gap Police, Fire Buildings: Union Gap City Council held an emergency meeting about the mold problem that’s displaced city hall. City Hall may not be the only municipal building in need of major work to solve a black mold problem. Union Gap’s City Council has authorized spending more than $30,000 to get rid of the toxic mold found at city hall. Some of that money will be used to examine other city buildings for similar problems.
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Video: Union Gap spending a lot of money because of mold
MISCELLANEOUS (2)
Aftermath studies: MSU students research anti-fungal compounds, mold samples from flood: A tragedy for Minot was also something of a boon for Minot State University associate professor Mikhail Bobylev and his team of student researchers. Bobylev has spent many years researching anti-fungal compounds and last summer’s flood produced many different mold samples right here in Minot for Bobylev and his students to combat.
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Mold in the News: Issue 27

Mold in the News: Issue 27
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
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Video: Farmington family forced to leave moldy apartment: A Four Corners family is speaking out after they said they were forced to leave their apartment because of mold.
Video: Clinton Apartment Mold: Some residents are complaining about water leaks and mold in their apartments.
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Video: UVic Mould Concerns | CTV Vancouver Island: It is a health concern on the campus of the University of Victoria. Staff and students who spent time in the Sedgewick building on campus may have come in contact with mould. CTV News has learned the report shows people have been complaining about health issues in Sedgewick for more than a decade.
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Tenants protest ‘appalling’ conditions: Tenants of a rental building in New Westminster are rallying against appalling living conditions. ACORN Canada organized a rally at 1210 Cameron St. on Thursday to highlight tenants’ living conditions, which include mould, mice and a foul stench caused by a sewage leak.
Mold May Force Workers Out of a Washington City Hall: Mold may force some workers out of the Union Gap City Hall in Washington state. Officials are making moving and clean-up plans.
Moving Day for Union Gap City Hall: Moving day at Union Gap City Hall The move to relocate Union Gap city employees from a mold infested city hall is underway.
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Why busted marijuana grow-ops pose a challenge for mold remediation and demolition

Mold in the News: Issue 26

Mold in the News: Issue 26
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
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Video: Mold To Blame For Mystery Illness: Doctors were perplexed when a healthy young woman from South Jersey developed a bizarre illness. Ordinary household odors make her so sick that she is living in a tent in her parent’s backyard.
Consumer Watch: Mold in the home: If you even suspect you may have a mold problem in your home the problem is only going to get worse the longer you ignore it. This is not a household problem you want to put off. Mold travels through the air to other areas in your home and it leads to several health problems like asthma, allergies, respiratory infections, sinus infections and skin rashes. In some cases mold exposure can be fatal. Other than the health concerns mold can also damage your home leading to wood rot and structural damage.
Indoor Air Quality in Our Homes, Schools and Workplaces Questioned: According to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spokesman, indoor air pollution causes 50 percent of illnesses globally. This statistic should catch the attention of every physician, every lawmaker and every layperson reading this paper. That’s more than all the cancers and all the heart disease combined. It is time we started to pay more attention to the indoor air we breathe.
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Board approves mold remediation payment: A Pennsylvania company found mold that causes asthma and hay fever in Middle Township Elementary School No. 2 during testing in late March. Earlier this month, another Pennsylvania company cleaned the Cape May Court House school. Middle Township School District Superintendent Michael Kopakowski indicated the school will keep an eye on the situation. On Thursday, April 19, the Board of Education agreed to pay $63,800 for remediation.
Weagamow school mouldy, falling apart, yet community waits on funding: Mushrooms keep popping up in Weagamow’s School. “If you look under here there are mushrooms growing,” said education director Saul Williams in a boy’s washroom. “We clean it at least once a week and they still grow again.
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Mold could prompt shutdown of Union Gap City Hall: Mold could prompt shutdown of Union Gap City Hall Yakima Herald-Republic City officials here may consider closing down City Hall after discovering last week high concentrations of mold in several areas, including the mayor’s office.
Pound Hill mum’s misery at mould in her flat: A concerned mother has declared she is unwilling to live in her council flat any longer after mould began growing on her three-month-old son’s cot. Gemma Michie has been a council tenant in Worth Road, Pound Hill for more than two-and-a-half years and throughout that time has battled problems with damp and mould in her flat.
Union Gap City Hall Moving to Fire Department Office Because of Mold Problem: The Union Gap Fire Department Office will serve as the temporary city hall after the regular city hall will be closed due to toxic mold.
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Mold Problems Continue: Last year, the biggest health concern posed after the flood water receded was mold and how it would affect those who had to clean and rebuild their flood damaged homes. For residents like the Gary Ritchie, who lives in Southwest Minot, the clean up process around their rental house is becoming time consuming and costly.
Allergy attacks off to early start with pollen, mold: Pharmacist Chet Kasprazak said allergy season is an annual ritual for customers who start flocking into his pharmacy this time of year for prescribed and over-the-counter medication.
LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING MOLD (1)
Toxic Mold Destroys Minnesota Couple’s $4M Dream Home: Imagine saving all your life to buy your dream house in the country, only to find the walls and beams were rotted out with mold, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs. That was the nightmare scenario facing a couple in Minneapolis, who earlier this month finally resolved two years of litigation with an award of $732,250 upheld against the seller of the house.