CAMBRIDGE, IL — Although some teachers had less than a day to prepare their rooms, Cambridge Elementary School
began the academic year as scheduled Tuesday after conquering a serious mold problem, according to the Quad-City Times.
Workers installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in the school discovered the mold problem last month: District officials had noticed the school''s roof had been leaking last fall but could not find any contractors to repair it over the winter, the article stated.
Moisture settled in the space between the drop ceiling and the roof, and mold formed during the sweltering temperatures, the article noted.
According to the article, the district had the mold tested, and it came back as Stachybotrys chartarum
, also known as black mold, a particularly toxic form of the substance.
The district awarded a contract to Envirotech
of St. Louis to get rid of the mold; crews worked 24 hours a day, six days a week to clean up the mess, the article added.