Mold contamination delays start of school in Kenowa Hills

Mold delays start for 2 Kenowa Hills scools

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, MICH. - If it means the mold is gone and the buildings are safe, many parents say they are fine with delaying the start of school for some Kenowa Hills students.

“I don’t think missing one more day is going to have a huge effect on the school year so safety first,” says parent Dave Perry. “Get all the mold taken care of so kids can have a safe and healthy environment to learn in.”

The Kenowa Hills administration says the high school and middle school buildings are not ready for the scheduled start of classes because of mold contamination.

They say summer rain leaked through roofs damaged by a spring hail storm.  Mold grew in moist ceilings, walls and cabinets.

“Different kids are going to react differently to the health hazards,” says parent Kelly Green. “They definitely have to be careful with that.”

The district says restoration crews working continuously over the past two weeks have removed the mold and repaired the damage to the high school.

After teachers have time to organize their rooms, classes will start Wednesday, just one day late.

Tests taken Saturday show the middle school is still contaminated, and the delay for those children could be longer.

“You know, things happen,” says Green. “I trust they are going to do the right thing.”

The district is taking new air samples from the middle school to a lab Tuesday.  If no mold spores are found middle school students could also start classes Wednesday.

Large portions of the high school and middle school will open Tuesday for parents and students to explore and learn the layout before classes begin.

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