Long Cane media center reopens after mold

Staff report

September 2, 2013

Troup County school officials say the media center at Long Cane Elementary School has reopened after being treated twice for mold.

School administrators and staff at Long Cane Elementary recently closed the media center due to a minor development of fungi on some of the materials, said school spokeswoman Tina Duckett. School officials noticed developing fungi on some of the books and counter surfaces in the media center about a week ago. The school took immediate action and closed the media center. District officials contacted a professional cleaning service to conduct an inspection and remove the fungi. After inspecting the site, service professionals reported the fungi as minor, easily treatable, and non-airborne.

“Just when the issue thought resolved, school staff noticed what was believed to be a re-occurrence in the media center this week,” she said. “Without delay, district staff contacted the professional cleaning company to return and provide additional inspection and fungi removal services.”

Duckett said the cleaning company told the school that this is an issue several school systems and organizations are facing throughout the state due to an increase in the levels of rain and humidity experienced the past several weeks.

Parents were notified, and there are no confirmed reports of illness related to exposure.

“Service professionals have resolved the matter, and the media center is now open and ready to receive eager readers,” she said.