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Town to foot much of mold cleanup

December 08, 2010
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WEST NEWBURY, MA — A plan to remediate a mold and bacteria problem at Donaghue Elementary School in Merrimac was approved by the Pentucket Regional School Committee last night, with Merrimac town officials agreeing to cover a majority of the cleanup cost, according to the Daily News.
Selectman Earl Baumgardner told the school committee that his board was moving forward out of health concerns for the students, but he still didn''t believe the job was the responsibility of the town, the article noted.
According to the article, Pentucket Superintendent Paul Livingston called the mold cleanup a "large-scale" project that was the town''s financial responsibility.
For Pentucket to cover the cost would require an increase in its operating budget, which would need approval by two of the district''s three towns at special town meetings, the article stated.
Livingston was advised the project would likely not qualify for any emergency funding from the state, the article added.
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