Par­ents com­plain of mould at Har­bour Grace school

The Compass - - NEWS -

Par­ents and stu­dents at St. Fran­cis school have con­cerns about a mould prob­lem at the Har­bour Grace school and the re­me­di­a­tion ef­forts cur­rently tak­ing place, says Op­po­si­tion ed­u­ca­tion critic Roland But­ler.

But the par­ents don’t want to speak pub­licly about it.

Ac­cord­ing to But­ler, par­ents and stu­dents say mould is vis­i­ble on walls that are be­ing ren­o­vated by work crews. While re­me­di­a­tion work ap­pears to be tak­ing place to ad­dress the prob­lem, stu­dents were con­cerned about writ­ing ex­ams in the gym­na­sium dur­ing the construction and about loud noise.

“There are cer­tainly air-qual­ity is­sues that have been iden­ti­fied at St. Fran­cis,” the Port de Grave MHA said last week.

“My ques­tion is why stu­dents are be­ing ex­posed to this work and any po­ten­tial mould that may be present. In sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions, schools were shut down and al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments were made to ac­com­mo­date the stu­dents. The safety of the stu­dents and staff must be the first pri­or­ity and the fam­i­lies that we have spo­ken with are cer­tainly rais­ing con­cerns.

“I am ask­ing the min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and the East­ern School District to look into this sit­u­a­tion to de­ter­mine whether the mould is­sues iden­ti­fied have been con­tained and whether the con­cerns of stu­dents and par­ents can be ad­dressed dur­ing th­ese fi­nal few days of classes. If there are no health and safety con­cerns, of­fi­cials should do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to as­sure the fam­i­lies in­volved. Greater con­sid­er­a­tion should also be given to stu­dents who are work­ing hard to fin­ish their ex­ams.”

The ex­ams are now over, how­ever.

Mary Tucker, spokes­woman for the East­ern School District, said ex­te­rior re­hab work is go­ing on at the 34-year-old school struc­ture, but there have been no air-qual­ity con­cerns raised by the con­sul­tant on the project.

Bill Bow­man/The Com­pass RE­HAB WORK - Work­men were busy with ex­te­rior re­hab work at St Fran­cis school last week, but there have been no air-qual­ity con­cerns raised by the con­sul­tant on the project, ac­cord­ing to Mary Tucker, spokes­woman for the East­ern School District. Brick was be­ing re­moved from the Har­bour Grace school for new sid­ing and win­dows, and rot­ten studs were found un­der­neath, Tucker said.

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