Library books, carpet to be replaced after contamination at elementary

September 05, 1996|By Jean Thompson | Jean Thompson,SUN STAFF

Library books and some carpets in Waverly Elementary School must be destroyed and replaced, school officials have decided as cleanup efforts continue in the school contaminated by an unidentified mold or fungus.

The value of the loss has not been determined as maintenance crews continue disinfecting school furniture and fixtures, said Anthony Fears, director of management services.

The contamination, in two classrooms, the library and cafeteria, was discovered last week and has caused a delay in the start of classes for Waverly's 550 students.

Parents will gather at Venable High School at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrowto hear the school system's plan for moving Waverly's students to Greenspring Middle School by bus beginning Monday.

To ease concerns about sending students across town, parents will be allowed to join their children on the buses for the first three days of school, Superintendent Walter G. Amprey said yesterday.

All but the preschoolers will move. The school's youngest students will meet in a building at the Waverly site unaffected by the contamination, Amprey said.

The school system has asked a microbiologist with Aegis Environments in Midland, Mich., for recommendations to prevent recurrence of the growth at Waverly or other schools. Yesterday, Amprey said he expects the suggestions to focus on improvements in preventive maintenance.

Pub Date: 9/05/96

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