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Monday, October 24, 2016

Board Approves $93,822 for Mold Removal

Westport’s Board of Education tonight unanimously approved a $93,822.50 request to cover mold remediation completed at Coleytown Middle School (CMS). The funds will come from the schools’ carryover account.

Elio Longo, school business administrator who made the request on behalf of Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer, said 14 classrooms have been remediated with eight requring classroom reconstruction.

Prior to the vote, board member Mark Mathias asked if more funds would be needed.

“Is the mold remediation complete and done?” he asked.

Longo said that an additional 16 classrooms would have to be examined and possibly renovated for “hidden mold.” He estimated that project to cost $100,000 and said the work could begin over the Thanksgiving break.

The board also approved spending $23,500, also from the carryover account, for a comprehensive enrollment projections study by consultants Milone and MacBroom.

Palmer said the study was prompted by severe space needs at Kings Highway Elementary School and Staples High School exceeding its planned capacity.

She explained that phase one of the study would involve examining Westport’s education needs over the next 10 years, taking into consideration economic and population trends. A phase two, if approved, would address how to act on the findings.

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