Tuesday, March 06, 2001

Milford classrooms reopen after inspections for mold

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MILFORD — Two temporary classrooms outside Milford South Elementary will reopen today with a clean bill of health. They had been closed since Thursday while being checked for mold.

        “We responded to the concerns and evaluated the situation,” said Superintendent John Frye.

        “The air quality is acceptable and safe.”

        The search for mold came after parents, concerned about a water heater leak in the temporary classrooms, contacted the Clermont County General Health District, Mr. Frye said.

        About 90 kindergarten students were relocated to other classrooms last week after the health district informed Milford school offi cials the water leak had to be corrected and the building had to be checked for mold.

        An industrial hygienist from Environmental Quality Management in Forest Park issued a 19-page report Monday stating that levels of fungi inside the building were lower than levels outside the building.

        Higher levels inside the building could have signaled possible mold contamination, said John Kominsky, vice president and director of the industrial hygiene and safety division at Environmental Quality Management.

        There also was no visible mold, he said.

        “If that is indeed the case, they can go back (today),” said Dr. Janet Rickabaugh, health commissioner for the Clermont County General Health District.

        The report is being mailed to her office, she said.

        As a precaution, school officials had the modular classrooms cleaned and the carpet replaced with linoleum where the water heater had leaked, Mr. Frye said.

        Milford South is the second Tristate school within two weeks to experience mold problems.

        Maple Dale Elementary in Sycamore Community Schools was closed two days, Feb. 23 and 26, after the discovery of minor mold contamination in a storage closet.


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