DES MOINES, IA — The West Des Moines School District has spent nearly $2 million to repair and replace leaky windows at Hillside Elementary school, which have led to three instances of mold since 2009, according to the Des Moines Register.
District officials are now scrambling for a temporary location to house students for the first two months of the school year while the window replacement project is completed, the article stated.
"I think the focus here is to move forward, knowing it’s going to be an inconvenience, undeniably, for staff and parents, but putting them back in an environment where we knowingly have mold is not acceptable," said district spokeswoman Elaine Watkins-Miller.
According to the article, crews originally thought they could complete the project this summer, but the discovery of mold in some of the windows and wallboard that needed to be remediated caused further delays.
Mold has been identified at Hillside Elementary in 2009 and 2011; both times it was remediated and air testing was conducted that showed the air inside the school was as clean, the article noted.
While no formal complaints have been filed with the district’s human resources department, Vicky Rossander, past president of the West Des Moines Education Association, told board members that the teachers union had heard complaints about respiratory issues from teachers and staff at Hillside Elementary, the article added.
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