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Modular classroom mold sparks lawsuit

August 27, 2009
GREENWICH, CT — A group of Hamilton Avenue Elementary School parents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the town of Greenwich, the Greenwich Public Schools Board of Education, Miller Building Systems Inc. and Carp Building Structures Inc. over alleged negligence regarding mold issues in modular classrooms, according to the Greenwich Post.
The suit claims that the units, which were located at Western Middle School, were defective and "not appropriate or intended for long-term use in northern climates," making them susceptible to moisture damage and mold while students attended classes in them from September 2005 through March 2008.
The suit asks the defendants to fund a court-approved medical monitoring process to provide the plaintiffs with
"ongoing diagnostic, curative and preventative medical care" because of their exposure to the mold and for compensatory damages in excess of $15,000, the story stated.
According to the story, construction of the new Hamilton Avenue School was two years behind schedule, forcing students to remain in the modular units longer than originally anticipated, until mold forced the removal of the students in March 2008.
Attorney Jonathan Levine said: "This is a step born of the parents'' frustration with the inability to get information from the school district about the conditions their kids were subjected to for the better part of three years. The conditions have resulted in very real health effects for the kids and their parents and very real fears about potential future effects should they be exposed to these kinds of toxins again."
Because of the situation, children, parents and members of the public were exposed to "unhealthy levels" of mold, causing them to suffer "significant health effects" including persistent and severe headaches, fatigue, persistent strep throat and ear and sinus infections and nose bleeds, dizziness, nausea and neurological symptoms, the story noted.
While the Greenwich Public Schools Board of Education made several repairs, including replacing ceiling tiles and closing one classroom for six days, the suit claims it did not permanently fix the water infiltration, the story added.
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