Classroom mold addressed

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 23, 2008


Some students at Edgewood Elementary School are in different classrooms to escape mold and mildew as officials work toward securing a new roof.

Last week, just before the heavy rains fell, maintenance workers from Selma City Schools patched the roof in several places. After the rain, Joe Peterson, co-principal at the school, said there was &8220;considerably less amount&8221; of water entering the building.

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Three classes have been relocated to other parts of the building because of the leaking roof and the mold and mildew that followed, raising concerns among some parents and teachers about respiratory problems.

Ray Mathiews, the auxiliary services coordinator for the school system, is working toward having the roof replaced, which is a lengthy process.

Recently, Henry Hicks, president of the Edgewood Elementary School PTO, told selma School Board members he&8217;s worried about the well-being of students exposed to mold because of water-soaked carpets.

In January, the school board hired Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood architectural firm of Montgomery to oversee renovations of Edgewood&8217;s roof and renovations to the School of Discovery Genesis&8217; gym.