Black mold can cause serious issues with allergies, asthma, and health issues that can eventually threaten your life. When Sylvia Rosenauer Elementary School had a serious black mold problem, parents were obviously concerned. The Jackson School District Board of Education approved the replacement of their HVAC system to avoid this problem from cropping up again.
"The purpose of the HVAC system is to condition and remove the humidity from the school's air. We believe the HVAC system was the culprit [for the mold] in the first place," said Allison Erwin, district spokeswoman.
In the summer of 2013, school staff began to notice mold spores growing on surfaces around the school. They hired a cleaning firm to remediate the problem. Teachers and staff have been vigilant about keeping a watch on the mold issue to ensure it didn't crop back up during the school year. As soon as the mold was discovered, teachers were trained on the federal Environmental Protecton Agency's protocol for mold remediation.
Erwin has said that this project will cost approximately $475,000 and will come from the capital improvement budget. They will not be using state funding.
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