Cleaning & Restoration Breaking News

School closed for mold problems

November 21, 2001
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas -- The same town where an Austin, Texas jury awarded $32 million in a lawsuit against an insurance company concerning a mold-infested home is again in the news.

More than 900 students in the Dripping Springs Independent School District don't know when, or where, they'll be going to school next. The school district closed its Primary School this past week because of mold, and have kept students out ever since. The superintendent said the school could be closed as long as January.

According to District Superintendent Mary Ward, "We now know that at least 49 of 64 classrooms, the library, and several maintenance areas are involved with some level of contamination. Based on this level of involvement and the extent of remediation (cleaning of contents and removal of actual mold contamination) and repair, we will be delayed in getting students back in that building."

In a newsletter to district residents, the superintendent said, "We anticipate remediation companies will start the remediation process on Wednesday, Nov. 21 based on emergency action by the DSISD Board of Trustees at its meeting the night of Nov. 19. The remediation plan will determine the scope and length of time required for that process."

The school district will seek a Texas Education Agency waiver so students won't have to make up all the lost days. However, pupils may be required to attend summer school. School officials are hopeful they'll get back their mold test results sometime this week, and plan to discuss the test results and the district's options during the next meeting of the DSISD Board of Trustees at the Dripping Springs High School on Nov. 26. Parents will learn the effect on their students at that time.

"At this point, we have been unsuccessful in locating enough space for all students to be housed immediately after Thanksgiving holidays. It is not just an issue of locating space," said Superintendent Ward. "It also involves preparing other spaces and getting furniture and instructional materials for 921 students either from the Primary School building or other sources. No classes will be held the week after Thanksgiving for Primary School students. "

While the district does have options for alternate instructional arrangements, "We are sharing those options through the Primary School Campus Improvement Team and the Primary School PTO Board of Directors and asking for feedback today to help us make that decision."

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to i Cleaning Specialist Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

Podcasts

Don't underestimate the value of a good Internet marketing plan. In fact, if you do this right, it's not uncommon to see ROI along the lines of 30-to-1. Here's a look at 27 free and low-cost tips that you can begin implementing within your cleaning business today to drive more business.
More Podcasts

ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

CoverImage

2014 August

The August issue of ICS features stories on carpet mold, good training, marketing for cleaners, traffic lane cleaning, and cool products.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Social Media

Social media is a good way to regularly keep in touch and interact with current clients and reach potential ones. What social mediums do you use in your cleaning/restoration business?
View Results Poll Archive

THE ICS STORE

Get Paid! book cover
Get Paid! (ebook)
Over 30 authors – over 40 articles…from attorneys, contractors, consultants, instructors and others, both inside and outside the restoration industry. R & R, C & R and Cleanfax, opened their archives and gave us the best they had, other chapters were created just for the “Get Paid!” book and its readers. And every one of them has ideas for how to get paid what you are owed.

More Products

ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

Director_Buyer.jpgThe premier resource and reference guide for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Click here to view

TRUCKMOUNT EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES GUIDE

Truckmount.jpgEquipment listings and specifications from the leading industry manufacturers.

Click here to view

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png youtube_40px.pngcrc logo