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?
The citizen who sent me this information gave me three pictures of the letter.
Leaks in bathrooms, water main breaks, what is next?
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?