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Friday, August 15, 2003

Mildew Problem in Five Westport Schools May Cost $100K to Clean Up

Mildew problems have been discovered in five Westport schools and the district estimates it will cost as much as $100,000 to clean up the problem, according to Schools Supt. Elliott Landon.

In a press release, Landon said custodial and maintenance workers identified mildew in limited areasӔ over the past few days in Staples High School, Bedford and Coleytown Middle Schools, and Kings Highway and Long Lots Elementary Schools.

The problem developed because of the excessive humidity caused by an unusually wet summer, combined with high temperatures, the school official said.

The mildew will be removed prior to the start of school Aug. 27 and poses no threat to the health of students, staff and teachers, he said.

Landon said the district consulted with Judy Nelson, director of the Westport-Weston Health District, on a remediation plan.

ғIt is estimated that the use of outside resources for the clean-up will require us to spend as much as $100,000. These extraordinary costs are not included in the 2003-04 school budget, the statement said.

ԓAdditionally, extensive use of overtime will necessitate additional unplanned expenditures from custodial and maintenance staffs.

Landon said mildew problems appeared to be occurring in school districts across the state.

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Posted 08/15/03 at 07:16 PM  Permalink



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