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Mold spores force school to shut down again

September 21, 2011
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WINSLOW, NJ — For the second time since the beginning of the new school year, mold has forced a New Jersey school to shut down while the problem is addressed, according to the Asbury Park Press.

When mold spores were detected in an air sample taken at the school, officials were quick to shut down School #2 for the rest of the week, the article stated.

According to the article, Principal Robert Ricciardi reported to the district that an unusual odor could be smelled in the building, and an environmentalist was sent to the school.

"While unfortunate, we must place the safety of our students and staff first in all instances," said Superintendent Dr. H. Major Poteat.

"This is not an area where we are willing to take the chance of a cursory cleaning of the building that might allow classes to continue. The building will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and follow-up air quality testing will be conducted," Poteat added.

A specific cause of the mold was not disclosed, but heavy rains in the area could be to blame, the article noted.

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