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Meeting held after mold closes Meridian Elementary

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Meeting held after Meridian Elementary School closed because of mold. Meeting held after Meridian Elementary School closed because of mold.

Meridian Elementary School is closed because of mold.

Superintendent Terry Moreland says maintenance crews found the mold while they were cleaning some walls of peeling paint.

"We were cleaning our rooms in what we call Pod B. And we saw some paint peeling off the wall. And when we cleaned off the top right hand corner of the wall there was some black mold. So we moved our people out of that room."

Employees had to leave the building.

The school asked for an air quality test that confirmed the problem.

"We expect it's all over the building because the way the paint is cracking in the rest of the classrooms," said Bob Huff with JH Petty & Associates, Ltd. Architects. "It seems to be a large area. You couldn't take the risk of letting students go in there. N how that we know there's so much of it."

"If you're exposed to it you can get very sick. It's a lethal mold to humans, it's toxic. It will, it could eventually kill you."

The superintendent says the building also has some roof and water drainage issues.

At a school board meeting at Meridian High School Wednesday night school leaders explained to the parents, kids and staff what the problem is and what it could possibly cost to fix the problem.

"It's very upsetting considering that my child's been going here and exposed to this," said Misty Casper of Villa Ridge. "They're saying it's not in the air. But you know I can't take their word for it. I want to take my son to the doctor and get him checked out. And see if he has been exposed."

Cleaning up the school could take several months and lots of money the school district doesn't have. They would have to try to borrow the money to fix the problem.

"We're looking at any where from $1-million to $3-million dollars," said Superintendent Moreland.

The school board is also looking at several option about what should happen for the upcoming school year.

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