Crestview Heights School in Waldport will be closed for another week, allowing work crews enough time to remove mold, clean ducting, change air filters and perform other remediation.
It is anticipated that school will be back in session on Monday, April 8.
“We have a lot of work to do. It’s best that we take the time to do it right,” LCSD Support Services Director Rich Belloni said. “We understand this creates a hardship on families but this really is our best option at this point.” Families and staff will be notified about the school closure through the school district’s emergency phone messaging system.
Mold was discovered inside the school during the recent interior demolition of a classroom. District officials took advantage of the school’s closure for spring break, March 22-29, to pull cabinetry away from walls in other classrooms to check for problems. Most windows have been leaking and mold was found in most classrooms, Belloni said.
The district hired PMG, Inc., a mold abatement firm based in Portland, to remove the mold. This entails removing sheetrock and scrubbing the area. A third-party inspector, PBS Engineering & Environmental of Eugene, has been hired to perform air testing, to inspect the areas, and give approval for an area to be reoccupied.
Once approval is given, the school district will close up the interior wall, put cabinets back in place, and thoroughly clean carpets with HEPA vacuum cleaners. In rooms where windows have been removed, the wall will be formed for new windows then covered with plywood on the outside, insulation on the inside, and plastic covering the insulation.
“It will be tight so it won’t be drafty and cold,” Belloni said. “It may not be aesthetically pleasing, but we will be able to have school.”
District officials will determine how to make up the missed days of school at a later date.