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Mold problem never properly addressed

May 03, 2010
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MIAMI — Since last October, teachers and other staff from Shenandoah Elementary School have been falling ill in increasing numbers over what is being blamed on mold, according to the Miami New Times.
To date, at least seven Shenandoah Elementary School employees have left on workers'' compensation with complaints of headaches, nosebleeds, nausea and difficulty breathing, the story stated.
A first-grade teacher, who asked not to be named for fear of losing her job, said: "The administration put its budget before my health. It''s bad."
Shenandoah Elementary School, a haven for mold growth being dimly lit with few windows and poor ventilation, was "wet-wiped" in December, but the issue was never fully addressed, the story noted.
According to the story, the building was never checked for mold because Ralph Cruz-Muñoz, director of asbestos management for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools School Board, says such tests are "variable and inconclusive."
A deep cleaning of the Shenandoah Elementary School is expected this summer, but it remains unclear whether a professional remediation company will be brought in or if the visible mold will be temporarily fixed with bleach and the remainder allowed to fester beneath the surface, the story added.
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