Kenowa Hills high school, middle school closed Tuesday for mold

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, MICH. - There will be no school for the students of Kenowa Hills high school or middle school on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.

Officials hope to reopen the buildings Wednesday. 

Secondary students are the only ones affected by this, including all high school classes. The delay comes as a result of leaks caused by hail damage to the roof that occurred last spring, resulting in mold being detected in the buildings. Superintendent Gerald Hopkins said the school has been working to repair the issues all summer, but leaks were worsened by significant rainfalls in July and August. 

Hopkins said that they did not make this decision lightly, but they are taking the necessary precautions. All classrooms and common space have been thoroughly cleaned and water-damaged items have been dried or removed. The school will be able to complete the necessary restoration once air quality samples return negative. 

Kenowa Hills schools welcome parents and students to visit the schools between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., where they will be providing free continental breakfast and give students a chance to take a tour.

Hopkins said the roofs will be replaced entirely next summer, as it was too much work to do in one summer. Insurance will be covering the cost of damage, which is expected to be in the millions of dollars.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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