Contract for mold management at schools

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – A Pennsylvania company will provide mold assessments and other services to the Middle Township School District at a cost of $12,250.

School board members Thursday accepted an indoor air quality management program proposal from ALS Environmental of Harrisburg, the same company that did mold testing at both elementary schools during the 2011-12 school year.

The district has paid nearly $200,000 for mold testing and remediation, according to information from the school. ALS Environmental’s plan would help to prevent and address mold problems, according to officials.

The indoor air quality management program could include crafting a plan with procedures and actions; training maintenance and custodial staff; conducting visual inspections during certain times, which could be late summer or early fall; and doing testing in the district.

The program would be focused on the high school, middle school and two elementary schools.

The visual inspections would include walk-through inspections pinpoint such conditions as high relative humidity or water infiltration, and testing for relative humidity and surface moisture could be conducted, according to the ALS proposal.

ALS would test the schools while students, teachers and staff are there. The baseline surveys would be conducted in five to 10 locations in the elementary schools and 10 to 15 spots in the middle school and high school, the proposal reads. Indoor and outdoor samples would be taken, as would fungi samples.

If ALS discovers problems, such as extensive water intrusion and mold, the company would suggest more sampling or investigating be done.

The proposal includes $950 for a written program and training, $2,500 for visual inspections, and $8,800 if all schools are tested.

Superintendent Michael Kopakowski said there would be an annual contract with ALS Environmental. The company would continue to assess the district for mold each year, and the company could also train school district employees.

Mold was detected in elementary school no. 1 in December and in March at elementary school no. 2. At elementary school no. 1, remediation cost $103,258 and testing $6,435, and at elementary school No. 2, it totaled $63,800 for cleaning and $25,728 for testing, according to information from the school.

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