Jaffrey-Rindge School District grappling with mold issues in schools

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/27/2021 1:53:45 PM

The Jaffrey-Rindge School District is grappling with a mold problem in the last few days before school starts Tuesday.

According to district communications coordinator Nick Handy, mold has been found in carpeted areas of 20 classrooms and spaces throughout the district buildings.

Superintendent Reuben Duncan, in an announcement to district staff and parents, stated that the amount of mold varies from building to building. The elementary schools have a relatively small amount, while some rooms in the middle and high schools show a “more significant” amount. 

Duncan and the district sought assistance from ServPro to dehumidify affected rooms, and an environmental hygienist was brought in to test the various rooms and provide a recommendation on how to proceed. Duncan also said that district plans to remedy the situation over the weekend based on the environmental hygienist’s recommendation. After this, they will bring the hygienist back to test the affected spaces again.

“While we want to do this swiftly, we need to do this correctly,” Duncan wrote. “The health and safety of our staff and learners is our top priority.”

Mold is not the only issue facing the district after the rain and humidity this summer. The district offices were damaged by flooding on more than one occasion, Duncan said, requiring flooring and drywall replacements, displacing staff and straining custodial and maintenance staff. 


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