Spore Wars Episode II: The Mold Strikes Back…Mold Found At Another Christina School

Like the evil Empire in the Star Wars saga, the Christina School District can’t seem to catch a break with mold issues.  Parents at another Christina School District building of education received a letter yesterday indicating mold was found at their child’s school.  Which school?  Another elementary school…

Brader Elementary School is in Newark, on Four Seasons Parkway.  It appears three rooms were checked for mold this week.  One was found to have “mild levels” according to the letter from the Principal, Jeanette Ganc.  Parents are directed to contact Bob Sharkey in Facilities Management if they have any questions.  I have one, and I don’t need to contact Bob to get an answer on two of these.  How much mold was found in Room 110 at Brader Elementary?  Is it true the mold levels shot up to levels above what Pulaski Elementary School had at their height when a carpet was ripped off the floor?  How long has this mold been here?  Have students been sitting in this for the entire school year?  Did any students or staff have any health issues that came up as a result of this VERY HIGH level of mold?

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The citizen who sent me this information gave me three pictures of the letter.

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Leaks in bathrooms, water main breaks, what is next?

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Yesterday, the News Journal followed up on the Pulaski mold problems and reported that two more rooms were set for mold remediation today.  As a result, the rooms were closed until the remediation is complete.

On Thursday, I happened to be in the area of Kirk Middle School.  I had heard of issues there, so I met up with one of the teachers there.  While walking around the school with the teacher, Facilities Manager Nick Koski-Vacirca, the head custodian of the school, and Principal Brian Curtis were doing their own tour of the school looking for any potential issues going on there.  Talk about timing!

Once again, the district needs to come clean about the mold levels at yet another Christina elementary school.  At this point, if I were a parent in this district, I would not be satisfied until every single room in every single school is tested.

This is the part I didn’t get about the Christina board meeting the other night.  In the most recent air quality report from Pulaski, which was done with two companies, the tests were done during a 24 hour period.  The previous tests were done during a 72 hour period.  Without knowing much about mold issues and the testing aspect behind it, why would they use a shorter period of time to find out of rooms were completely remediated?  Confusion rules the day with this district these days.  Why didn’t Brader put this letter on their website?

Meanwhile, we have another school testing positive for mold at levels that require remediation.  How many more?  How many other districts is this happening in?  While nothing official has come out, I’ve heard Red Clay and Capital mentioned as potential districts with mold issues in at least one school.  Academy of Dover had a mold issue a while ago, but apparently that was fixed last year.

While I’m glad Christina is being more proactive about checking their schools, I have to wonder why it got to this point.  From what I’ve heard, building staff and some administrators have been complaining about issues for years.  Why does it take a teacher giving an impassioned speech at a board meeting to begin a tidal wave of mold issues for the district to really act on these issues?

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5 thoughts on “Spore Wars Episode II: The Mold Strikes Back…Mold Found At Another Christina School

  1. Delaware was built on a swamp.. Pretty much any building that was built before technology changed in the 80’s has mold…

    Like Radon, mold is everywhere… This does not dismiss the threat, but one can’t blame a district hard-strapped for cash, to react slowly to the executioners call to step up…

    Looking forward, we will probably need a state band-aid amounting to a billion dollars to correct the mold problem in all the state’s schools.

    Any parent can by a petri dish with agar, have their child unscrew it surreptitiously in class and reseal it, and bring it home to see what spores are in the air..

    When citizens themselves find the extent of the problem, and understand the lifelong scarring damage of the lungs it causes, they will be far more supportive of taxing the top 1% for the extra $1 billion dollars required to ensure their children are safe when entrusted to our school systems..

    That is the final solution to a great many problems. And extra billion a year from our top earners, would go a long way to making this state the most amazing state to live in, out of the entire 50… Mold in Pulaski and Brader, are just symptoms of a bigger problem..

    Taxes are good. Taxes on the wealthy and not the bottom 99%, are awesome.

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  2. One more reason WEIC is a bad deal for Red Clay taxpayers. Can you imagine your block has been chosen to support Far East Wilmington schools, forever, even tho you live no where near them?
    The Christina schools have been let go and need endless repairs. The students have special needs from 50 to 85 percent and the State wants to distance itself along with the majority of NCC taxpayers, all except your immediate neighbors.
    Of course, you already are supporting Spanish only schools and a huge chunk of Wilmington’s Westside students, because you live in the “RC” Western suburbs where your childern can no longer receive a real CP education.
    Let’s come up with a way to support a new Wilmington school district, everyone together $, and stop the busing in 5 years

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  3. Funny how when it happens in Wilmington it makes big headlines. But the same mold in the suburbs gets almost no press from the Journal. Thankfully, we have bloggers to keep us in the loop.

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