Mold in trailers focus of school board meeting

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Trailers at Central Elementary School in Wall Township will not be used as classrooms this year.. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

WALL TOWNSHIP  – A special school board meeting Tuesday focused on the condition of classroom trailers at Central Elementary School, where some elevated levels of mold spores were found in air sampling.

The meeting was attended by about 60 parents. Several of them asked that the trailers be scrapped, and spoke about issues with asthma and allergies suffered by students and staff.

Board members said they don’t want the trailers to ever be used as classrooms again.

Controversy over the trailers began two weeks ago, and the district decided last week to relocate the fifth-grade classes this school year from the trailers to the main building. The school board on Aug. 20 halted a repair project on the trailers, which have been in use since 2007,  until it decides what to do with them.

During the meeting, parents, staff and residents had the opportunity to comment and ask questions of representatives of the firm that conducted air sampling at the school and of district architects.

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