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Mold remediation closes school for several weeks

July 17, 2009
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MESA, AZ — Red Mountain Ranch Elementary School will remain closed for several weeks while mold remediation tasks are completed, according to The Arizona Republic.
After a small amount of mold was discovered behind a wall in a classroom and along a baseboard, the school hired a company to replace all of the drywall throughout the school and address any other suspected moldy areas, the story stated.
The mold remediation efforts will not interfere with the start of the 2009 school season and will be completed by the scheduled August 12 opening, the story noted.
Several parents of Red Mountain Ranch students feel that the school did not act quickly enough to address the mold issue before it became a problem, the story added.
Katherine Bareiss, a spokeswoman for Mesa Public Schools, said: "Throughout this process, we have been very open with parents. There are some parents who agree with Mr. Young [who transferred his daughter to another school because she is allergic to mold], but the majority of the families with kids are happy with the school."
According to the story, in an effort to increase the transparency of the process, Red Mountain Ranch Elementary School has posted results from various air quality tests on their website.
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