Manchester parents, staff, students and community members,
I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with some information on the work currently being done at the Middle School and the Ridgeway School.
As we are all well aware, we had a serious mold situation at the Middle School last year that required extensive remediation and delayed the opening of the Middle school until the end of November. We planned to be proactive this year and put in place some heavy duty dehumidifiers and air scrubbers at the beginning of the summer at the Middle School to prevent this from occurring again. Additionally, some of the tile floor that was put in last year was not wearing properly and it was being replaced by the installer. At this time, some community groups are not being allowed to utilize the Middle School facilities while this work is being done. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it is critical to take these measures to insure that we do not have a repeat of last years problems at the Middle School. With the dehumidifiers in place, the Middle School is in good condition.
As you know, we have had extremely hot and humid conditions over the last several weeks. Due to these conditions, we are carefully inspecting each of our buildings throughout the district. During one of these inspections in the Ridgeway School, we noticed that there are several isolated areas where mold has begun to be present. While this condition is only noticeable in a few areas, we have made arrangements to test the entire school. We have permission to use some of the building as much of the school does not appear to be affected, however, as a precaution, we have moved the Jump Start Program to M.T.E.S. Students and staff will continue at that location until every area in the school has been tested and proven to be safe. Fortunately, this situation was noticed quickly.
I will provide you with additional information, when we receive the test results and confer with the professionals on the correct course of action, I want to assure you that we are taking every step to be proactive and to make sure that this situation does not become serious.
I want to thank you again for your cooperation and understanding and I will keep you posted when I receive more information.