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Mold Reportedly At Drum Point Elementary

Mold remediation has totaled around $400,000 for all affected areas.

Drum Point Elementary School has become the latest in the school district that will need mold remediation, school officials said at their regular meeting held Thursday.

Superintendent Walter Uszenski said during his report this evening that school officials are "putting a plan in place" for cleanup, which will likely take place in the coming weekends. He said the mold is now dormant, but urged the district to take action to address heating and cooling systems in the schools.

"We had high humidity throughout the summer," which likely exacerbated the issue in the district, Uszenski said.

So far, remediation efforts have totaled about $400,000 for the district.

Remediation was also required at the township’s Educational Enrichment Center, which prompted school officials to move several students to the Primary Learning Center at the beginning of the school year.

Uszenski said in early September that even though the mold at the EEC is nontoxic, he said for children who have asthma or respiratory problems, "it is not healthy to breathe in."


KC September 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Apparently none of these highly compensated administrators would deem it necessary to step foot into these schools over the summer. That mold diagnostics and remediation need take place once school has reconvened in September is not a fact that is lost on me. Why exactly do we need this nonfunctional administrative bloat?
proud September 27, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Someone has to support the cronies.
Tom Cular September 27, 2013 at 07:36 AM
I've seen mold develop in several schools throughout the state because it is a common practice to shut down the HVAC systems during the summer months in order to reduce utility costs. Warm moist air without ventilation is like sending an engraved invitation to mold. It's less expensive to ventilate (not cool) than incur the remediation cost.
J.JONES September 27, 2013 at 08:57 AM
DON'T STOP WITH JUST THAT SCHOOL PROBABLY IN ALL THE OTHER ONE'S ALSO ??? ADMIN BIG BUCKS IS ALL THAT THEY CARE ABOUT ..MOLD AND LOW GRADES PERFECT TOGETHER IN BRICK ..
Chief Wahoo September 27, 2013 at 09:54 AM
High humidity in summer ??? LOL What a bunch of liberal spin !!! 1. It is always hot and humid in summer. 2. Compared to past summers. This one was not very hot or humid. Stop believing their lies !!!!! Wake up people !!!!!
DENNIS SYLVESTER September 27, 2013 at 09:56 AM
TOM C. , You are right .
Cheryl Wisecup September 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Mold can cause serious health problems. For accurate information about the health effects of mold, go to http://truthaboutmold.info and check out the Global Indoor Health Network at http://globalindoorhealthnetwork.com. Be sure to read GIHN's position statement that discusses the diagnosis and treatment of illness caused by mold.
John Barton September 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Funny AC was what facility director claimed caused the problem. Good training question. And, it is the responsibilty of Admin to provide a safety check yearly, and now they are asking to report suspicious spots to union
WMS826 September 27, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Every failing inner city in this state has all brand new schools while the suburbs pay for it and watch ours crumble. Corey Booker will do nothing to help us. We are doomed because we fail to stick togeather.
Jerry Sasso September 27, 2013 at 05:55 PM
hey chief this time i have to say your right
Betty Ann September 30, 2013 at 08:58 AM
I don't understand...... "Uszenski said in early September that even though the mold at the EEC is nontoxic, he said for children who have asthma or respiratory problems, "it is not healthy to breathe in."". And he goes on to say the mold is dormant? All children, not those with asthma, should be considered while making decisions on how to deal with the mold.

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