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Holston View Elementary begins black mold eradication process
Thursday, November 07, 2002

By Matthew Lane
Times-News

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Efforts to eradicate black mold from Holston View Elementary School were delayed on Tuesday but will be continuing through the rest of the week, school officials announced Wednesday.
Bristol Superintendent of Schools Steve Dixon announced Monday afternoon that the school would remain closed the remainder of the week after he found out earlier in the day that two drop-ceiling tiles from the school tested positive for black mold.


In the wake of black mold being discovered at Sullivan East High School last month, samples were first taken at Tennessee High School and then at the remainder of the schools in the Bristol system. Out of 13 samples taken at Holston View Elementary, all 13 came back positive for some type of mold, with two testing positive for black mold.


Dixon said the school was scheduled to be treated on Tuesday with Oxine-HVAC - a sanitizing agent that has proven effective against black mold. However, the fogging had to be delayed due to a delay in the availability of the product, Dixon said.


"The fogging began at noon on Wednesday. New air-quality samples will be taken from the school Wednesday night, and results from the tests should be available by Friday evening or Saturday morning," Dixon said. "On Thursday morning cleaning crews will be at Holston View to clean the building and prepare it for students."


Because of the delay, Dixon said alternative locations for holding classes are being investigated in the event the fogging does not kill all of the mold spores.


"Our first priority is to ensure that students are attending school in a location that is safe," Dixon said.


Two area churches - Eastern Heights Presbyterian and First Presbyterian - have offered space to house Holston View students in the event additional testing reveals the continued presence of black mold, Dixon said.


A final decision on whether students will return to Holston View or another location will be made once results of the final air-quality testing have been received, Dixon said.


School officials believe the black mold could have been caused by water seeping through the leaky roof at Holston View.

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