Mold discovery leads Carroll to check classrooms

October 09, 2003|By Jennifer McMenamin | Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF

A week after emptying four portable classrooms at Mount Airy Middle School for fear that mold might be making teachers and children sick, Carroll County school officials announced yesterday that they will begin inspecting all 119 of the school system's relocateable classrooms for signs of similar water damage.

"Having in hand the knowledge of what's behind those walls and above those ceilings in units of this vintage, we're going to be looking at these classrooms with a critical eye -- a more informed eye -- based on what we found at Mount Airy," Raymond Prokop, the school system's facilities director, said in an interview yesterday afternoon after a meeting between the school board and county commissioners.

The facilities department also will work to develop an inventory database of the system's portable classrooms to better track maintenance and renovations of the trailerlike units and to prevent problems such as those discovered at Mount Airy Middle from going undetected for so long, Prokop said.

Although crews typically renovate portable classrooms when they are moved from one school to another, the trailer containing four classrooms damaged by water infiltration and fungus growth had been at the school for 23 years.

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