Live 5 Investigates: Colleton County School District dealing with mold in the classroom
COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - New documents from the Colleton County School District show it’s dealing with the issue of mold inside classrooms.
A Live 5 News investigation found thousands of cases of mold in the Berkeley County School District and the Charleston County School District. That information was obtained through work orders filled out by school staff requesting mold clean up.
Dorchester District 2 and the Colleton County School District had fewer requests for mold cleanup than CCSD and BCSD. Coleton County and DD2 are also smaller districts.
In Colleton County, complaints from teachers and school staff members show there were health concerns because of the mold issue.
“There is something going on with the air quality causing my bronchitis to flare up,” a Colleton County staff member wrote in a work order. “I have been suffering with breathing problems ever since the second year we entered this building after the summer mold issue. I am requesting an air purifier for my classroom. I have developed mild asthma after so many cases of Bronchitis.”
There were also work orders requesting help to clean mold off desks, books, and chairs.
Colleton County School District’s Director of Buildings and Grounds Kenny Blakeney said they take mold work orders seriously.
Blakeney said he personally goes and checks every reported case of mold. He said for him to fix the mold problem, it must first be reported by school staff members.
Blakeney said if he determines it is mold, a professional cleaning company is brought in.
"We have to first off put the building or office or a room in negative air pressure and contain what’s happening in that space, and through a cleaning process, we physically remove the mold that happens to show up,” said Mario Collangelo, president of AdvantaClean of the Lowcountry.
Blakeney said he doesn’t see a mold problem in his district, and all reports received are immediately dealt with.
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