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9/21/09

Black mold found at a Levelland school

By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - Cactus Elementary School in Levelland was tested for mold at the beginning of this month. The principal says classrooms were tested after a teacher, who has a current health condition, complained of breathing problems. Two classrooms, including hers had black mold, and several classrooms had traces of common mold throughout.

Mandy Nodine has a 1st grader at Cactus Elementary School and she received a letter that black mold was discovered in her daughter's school. "It's kind of concerning because it can make you really sick," said Nodine.  

Black mold, which can cause serious health risks, was detected in two classrooms.

"We decided to go ahead and do a check of the rest of the building also. We checked all of the classrooms and some of them did check out with air sampling spores of some of the common mold that are around," said Levelland ISD Director of Administration Services Kelly Baggett. 

Baggett says students in the classrooms with black mold were moved to other rooms.

"We caught this well in advance, because of that we want to take a proactive stance of the district because the health and safety of our students and faculty," said Baggett.

An emergency school board meeting was held Friday morning. The board approved an abatement process, which will eliminate detected mold.

Baggett says to his knowledge no students have reported becoming sick because of the mold. "Nothing any more prevalent that what is at any other campus from what I'm seeing," said Baggett. 

And making sure parents are well aware is one of Cactus Elementary first priorities. "That's good news, I'm glad that they let us know so we aren't kept in the dark," said Nodine. Levelland ISD says they hope to be clear of all mold by the beginning of January.

For parents who are concerned, there is a meeting Monday night at 6:30 PM, at the Cactus Elementary Cafeteria.

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