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School mold removal nearly complete

February 07, 2011
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NEW ORLEANS — Nearly three months after work was approved to remove mold and renovate two 14-year-old modular buildings at Pontchartrain Elementary School, the St. Tammany Parish school system says the job is winding down and that students should be able to re-enter the classrooms within weeks, according to The Times-Picayune.
In November, the school board gave the OK to the spending of more than $400,000 for work after several parents and teachers disputed test results from a Lafayette consulting firm that said almost all mold levels in the modulars were normal, the article stated.
This came after many of these same parents had been complaining for months about their children getting sick in sections of the school, the article noted.
According to the article, most of the work was done by Dillman Construction of Slidell, including the installation of new insulation held in place by galvanized wire mesh above the ceiling tiles, the replacement of ceiling tiles and light fixtures and the installation of a heating and air-conditioning unit in the hallways of each of the two buildings.
Arc Abatement of Baton Rouge handled the mold remediation and cleanup: Among their duties were the removing and disposing of existing lights, ceiling tile and grid, insulation and visqueen above the ceiling, vinyl floor tiles and flooring and cleaning the interior air space with filtration units, the article added.
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