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Classrooms have 'high' mold levels

November 18, 2010
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MERRIMAC, MA — A problem with mold at the Helen R. Donaghue School has some parents alarmed for their children''s health and frustrated over the response from school district officials, according to the Daily News.
At a meeting of the Pentucket Regional School Committee on Tuesday, Superintendent Paul Livingston outlined an issue with mold in the fifth/sixth-grade wing of the elementary school that he said the district and the town have been working to remedy, the article stated.
According to the article, Merrimac officials say they were not made aware of any problem with mold when it was first discovered in July and only learned of the issue a few weeks ago.
Several classrooms tested positive for mold over the summer; in some cases, district custodians removed carpeting and replaced it with tile, the release noted.
According to a report from EFI Global, which conducted tests on seven classrooms, school officials were aware of "high" and "very high" levels of the types of mold and bacteria "capable of causing allergic responses as well as sensory and pulmonary irritation" as early as July and August.
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