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County Schools Dealing With Mold Problem At Red Bank Middle School
posted February 3, 2003

A small section of Red Bank Middle School has been closed off after some mold was found during repairs for a leaky steam pipe.

County School Supt. Dr. Jesse Register said, "We believe we have the problem isolated and are dealing with it. We do not believe it will be necessary to transfer any students away from the school."

Dr. Register said the mold was discovered last week after repairs were made to a section of flooring that had buckled in a classroom. He said it was believed a leak in a steam pipe had caused the mold to develop.

He said the pipe was repair and ventilation is now being supplied to that section of flooring.

Dr. Register said that classroom is no longer in use, and the adjacent principal's office was also closed temporarily.

He said students and the principal have been shifted to other areas of the school that is on Dayton Boulevard near Ashland Terrace.

Dr. Register said Helton and Associates of Knoxville, the environmental consultants for the county schools, had looked at the problem.

"I have also inspected it myself," Dr. Register said. He said there were meetings on the matter both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

He said parents at the school would be advised about the situation.

Dr. Register said the school system has a policy to deal with mold, including dealing with problems that create it and then removing the mold.

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