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Lincoln County, TN
Mold Found At Valley School

Christie del Amo Reports, 10/25/02


It's Brian Long's last year at Lincoln County High School, so he wants to make every day count. "It is fun. I've never enjoyed class quite as much as this one," Long says.


However, an unseen problem could have kept Brian and other students of class and sick in bed. "A few days ago, we discovered some mold in the school," says Bob Alden, maintenance supervisor for Lincoln County Schools. "Mainly, [the problem is] in the northern portion of the high school," Alden explains.


This isn't the first time the problem has popped up. A few years ago, a wall had to be torn down after it became contaminated with mold. The mold problem in Lincoln County High has since been fixed, but it caused school officials to look at a bigger picture: making this high school healthier.


"Anytime you're in a school this size with 1,000 to 1,200 students, you're gonna have bacteria or a virus," Alden says. "We're all breathing the same air," he continues.


Workers installed de-humidifiers, humidistats to battle the mold problem, and spent more than $25,000 on germicidal lighting to clear the air of other contaminants. "Essentially, this ultra violet lighting is installed into the ducts and kills fungus, molds, etcetera," added Alden.


While students and teachers can't physically see this newest addition, they're hoping it will help them see more students in class.


Besides this new lighting, the Lincoln County Board of Education has asked for a firm that specializes in industrial hygiene to come in and identify the type of mold, and suggest a solution to the problem.

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