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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — The Perkiomen Valley School District is turning to the community for solutions to the ongoing mold problem caused by persistent heavy rains and facilities ill-equipped to properly ventilate moisture.
School officials held a meeting Monday night to address issues with the facilities, making it clear that while they were open to hearing ideas, they would not come to a decision right away. Instead, an ad hoc committee will do research into other suitable options.
In the meantime, officials listened to what community members thought might best work to alleviate the continuing mold problem which has now forced classrooms in the South Elementary building to move to new locations.
Teachers and students are now sharing spaces as an operations team works to identify potential leaks, signs of moisture, and removing asbestos-effected tile and carpeting in some areas, according to officials.
“The building has not been as well maintained as some other buildings within PV,” Nick Fountain, a politician running for Pennsylvania state representative, said in a Facebook post Monday.
The school identified leaking doors and windows, musty odors, carpets nearly 20 years old, asbestos tiles, and soil erosion as causes for concerns in the meeting notes.
School officials are offering various options to the community to consider as alternative ways to fix this issue.
These options include upgrading South Elementary, building a new elementary school, or closing the elementary school and moving students to other schools.
While school officials recognize that there are concerns and challenges ahead of them, they are entrusting this decision with the community since they are directly impacted by this problem.
The next facilities committee meeting for the Perkiomen Valley School District will be held Oct. 29 at the school’s library.