UPDATE: Mold Found In Air At Wilbur & McMahon Schools
A Rhode Island environmental firm found higher than normal levels of mold in four classrooms and the cafeteria at the Wilbur & McMahon Schools in Little Compton.
Professional cleaners are working to rid the Wilbur & McMahon School building of mold after a report showed higher than normal levels in the air in four classrooms and the cafeteria.
Supt. Kathryn Crowley said Clean Care of New England will clean the affected areas on Monday using a commercial fungicide or bleach solution.
"The report came in today and shows high amounts of Aspergillus Penicillum," said Crowley in email sent to parents earlier today.
Rhode Island Analytical, an environmental firm, will return to retest the school on Tuesday to ensure the building is safe for students and teachers by the Sept. 4 start date.
"We are doing all the right things, I have just checked myself," said Crowley in an interview on Thursday - citing conversations with experts at the state Department of Health and at Rhode Island Analytical.
The affected rooms are Medeiros, Goncalo, Houlihen, Whitehouse in addition to the cafeteria.
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Students are returning to the school because temporary classroom pods will not be prepared by the time school begins.
Two weeks ago the Town Council voted to move the temporary classroom pods from Veteran's Field to Peckham field - a decision that will allow the district to drain the water-logged athletic field but will delay preparations of the temporary classroom units.
The pods will house students while the school undergoes $11.8 million in renovations. The project will replace the building's 20-year-old roof and provide for improvements in infrastructure and classroom spaces.