Lincoln County, TN
Mold Found At Valley School
Christie del Amo Reports, 10/25/02
It's Brian Long's last year at Lincoln County High School, so he wants to make
every day count. "It is fun. I've never enjoyed class quite as much as
this one," Long says.
However, an unseen problem could have kept Brian and other students of class
and sick in bed. "A few days ago, we discovered some mold in the school,"
says Bob Alden, maintenance supervisor for Lincoln County Schools. "Mainly,
[the problem is] in the northern portion of the high school," Alden explains.
This isn't the first time the problem has popped up. A few years ago, a wall
had to be torn down after it became contaminated with mold. The mold problem
in Lincoln County High has since been fixed, but it caused school officials
to look at a bigger picture: making this high school healthier.
"Anytime you're in a school this size with 1,000 to 1,200 students, you're
gonna have bacteria or a virus," Alden says. "We're all breathing
the same air," he continues.
Workers installed de-humidifiers, humidistats to battle the mold problem, and
spent more than $25,000 on germicidal lighting to clear the air of other contaminants.
"Essentially, this ultra violet lighting is installed into the ducts and
kills fungus, molds, etcetera," added Alden.
While students and teachers can't physically see this newest addition, they're
hoping it will help them see more students in class.
Besides this new lighting, the Lincoln County Board of Education has asked for
a firm that specializes in industrial hygiene to come in and identify the type
of mold, and suggest a solution to the problem.
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