McKinley To Reopen Monday Following Mold Cleanup

McKinley Elementary School. (Photo courtesy Stafford Township School District)

STAFFORD – Following the discovery of a mold infestation and subsequent testing, the McKinley Elementary School will be reopened to the students and staff on Monday, September 10, according to the district.

Students are to return to their classrooms and regular schedules on Monday following a mold infestation that was discovered in the school in early August.

McKinley students were relocated to the Intermediate School during this past week while the district and mold specialists from Coastal Environmental, LLC conducted a series of tests and cleanings in the affected areas.

On September 5, Superintendent George Chidiac and school officials held a special meeting for McKinley parents to discuss the mold problems with professionals from Coastal Environment.

Superintendent George Chidiac, school officials, and members of Coastal Environmental were at the meeting to discuss the mold problem with McKinley parents. (Photo by Kimberly Bosco)

Chidiac explained that Coastal Environmental completed their third round of air scrubbing and cleaning in the affected areas on September 4, and conducted final tests on Sept. 5. Chidiac noted during the meeting, that if results came back showing satisfactory levels, students would return to class at McKinley by Monday.

An hour-long meeting between parents and school officials determined that the district would need to test each classroom in every building to ensure complete safety and remediation of the mold problem.

“Further inspection and remediation is taking place in all other buildings as a precautionary measure by Coastal Environmental Compliance,” read a statement from the district. “As always, the safety and well being of our students is our number one priority.”