Test results on moldlike substance at Waverly school due in 7-10 days

September 04, 1996|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Results from testing done on a moldlike substance growing at Waverly Elementary School in North Baltimore will not be received for at least another week, city school officials said yesterday.

Officials hired Curtis White, a microbiologist with Aegis Environments in Midland, Mich., to identify the contamination and determine how it spreads, said Savitri Belizaire, a school system spokeswoman. White is a national expert on microbial agents -- commonly called mold and mildew.

"We won't receive his report for another seven to 10 days," Belizaire said. "However, the city is moving forward with cleanup efforts," including removal of carpeting, ventilation ducts and contaminated ceiling tiles.

The substance was discovered on cafeteria walls and library shelves by Waverly staff members last week and caused the start of school to be delayed until Monday.

Belizaire said she did not know whether Waverly Elementary would open Monday.

"City health officials must determine that the school is safe before we can open it," she said. If Waverly remains closed, the 550 students who attend the school will be bused from Memorial Stadium to Greenspring Middle School in Northwest Baltimore.

"Temporary partitions will be erected to create additional classrooms," Belizaire said. "It is our hope that if the students have to go to Greenspring, it will only be for a very short period of time."

Pub Date: 9/04/96

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