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Tuesday, April 24 News

Mold, lead found during Greens Farms School water repairs

There is still limited access to a section of Greens Farms Elementary School, which suffered significant damage when a fire sprinkler pipe burst during the recent cold snap, Elio Longo, the school district's business manager, said Monday.

Longo, in updating the Board of Education, said that besides the water damage that occurred Jan. 6, during cleanup mold was discovered in a catwalk area and lead was found in a hallway.

"We tested for asbestos," Longo added, but "found none."

He said the "good thing" is that the cost for remediation will be part of the insurance claim filed over the water damage, although the school district is responsible for the $25,000 deductible.

Board member Michael Gordon wanted to know "how do we assume" students attending classes at the school are safe with "lead and mold remediation" going on.

"We contained the area and access is limited," Longo said. He said that, as of Monday, work to repair the water damage is unfinished and involves replacing ceiling and floor tiles. He told the board he expects the work should be completed next week.

The elementary school was closed two days last week after the pipes burst. A motion detector in the building alerted officials around 2 a.m. Jan. 6 to the incident.

Firefighters managed to shut off the water early that day, but by then the damage was done, according to school officials.