System approves mold cleanup

By GRAHAM CARR / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA- The Shelby County Board of Education held an emergency board meeting Oct. 2 to approve the immediate start of construction and maintenance to resolve a mold issue in a classroom at Montevallo Elementary School.

Superintendent Randy Fuller said funds would be taken out of the maintenance section of the budget to complete the work.

Fuller said students in five classrooms have been moved into portable classrooms for the time being. He said the hope is to have the students return to the classrooms by January.

In previous reports, a school official said there was evidence of mold in only one classroom, but the adjoining classrooms classes will be cleaned as a cautionary measure.

“The mold was discovered as a small place on the wall,” Fuller said.

Fuller said he was not aware of any student or faculty experiencing any illness from the mold, and assured parents the issue will be fixed.

“The safety of our students is our number one priority-always has been and always will be,” he said. “We will do whatever it takes to make sure it is correct.”