A Moldy Matter

By: Brianne Carter
By: Brianne Carter

On the eve of the final stages of relocating classrooms and staff as part of renovation plans for a local school, officials are dealing with a huge problem.

Mold has been found in the church that's being used as an alternative site. It is all thanks to some of the teachers, who noticed the problem first.

"We had some staff that had some issues I think with allergies and that keyed us in to getting some testing done right away," says Waynesboro School Board Chairman Lorie Smith.

Waynesboro school officials did just that at the Edward Avenue Baptist Church. They hired an environmental consultant to come in and evaluate the problem.

"They actually did find some mold on a piece of concrete wall covered with sheet rock so there was some mold there the spore count was rather high," adds Smith.

It was treated with mold killing chemicals and have since been painted back over, but that doesn't mean the issue has been shoved under the rug.

"We feel that we will continue to be proactive there and there should be no worries with our parents, we will stay on top of it and make sure that it is a very safe environment for our children," says Smith.

Smith adds the facility is almost 40 years old, and with any building that age they have to watch for things like mold and asbestos.

As for the students, they should be safe from any harm when they begin their new schedule of shuffling back and forth from Kate Collins to the other buildings on their first day back from Christmas break.

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