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Mold closes Washington Junior High

By David Hotle | Aug 22, 2010
Washington Junior High School principal Curt Mayer, left, and Washington Schools Superintendent Mike Jorgensen examine some items for signs of mold in the junior high gym Monday morning.

    Junior high students will have class tomorrow after school was cancelled today.

    Washington Schools Superintendent Mike Jorgensen said after an atmosphere test at Washington Junior High School this morning that school will be in session tomorrow after a bout of mold canceled today’s classes at the school.

    Jorgensen said that today’s cancellation was precautionary until the final tests could be run. On Friday, he said workers had discovered mold in the storage area of the gym at the junior high school. He also said that quite a few pieces of physical education equipment that were being stored in those areas had mold growing on them. He said that the area under the stage in the gym is still off limits until the mold can be abated.

    “I think a lot of it has to do with all the moisture we’ve had this summer along with the high humidity we’ve had,” he said. “I think those conditions led to the mold. Not having air-conditioned facilities, particularly in closed-in spaces, can facilitate it.”

    The first day of school after summer, which was scheduled for today, was observed in all the other buildings. Jorgensen said that the day won’t have to be made up because the reason for the cancellation was health-related and only affected one building.

For the full story, see the Aug. 23 edition of The Washington Evening Journal

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