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Kerr Elementary mold clean-up tops $300,000

Tawnya Panizzi
| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 2:48 p.m.
Mold clean-up and new materials at Kerr Elementary are expected to cost more than $300,000.
Mold clean-up and new materials at Kerr Elementary are expected to cost more than $300,000.

More than 700 bins of materials were removed from Kerr Elementary classrooms during mold remediation, school officials announced this week as they determined the cost of clean-up.

The total is expected to top $300,000, said Bonnie Berzonski, district coordinator of communications. Cost includes $200,000 for cleaning and $115,000 for new materials, so far.

Mold was discovered Sept. 13 at Kerr and issues kept students from class for six days.

Berzonski said officials expect that costs for materials could increase.

“Most of the supplies we bought were consumable supplies, such as paper, pencils, markers and other items,” she said.

Superintendent Gene Freeman said during the school board’s Oct. 1 agenda meeting that it is cheaper to buy the supplies than to sanitize them.

“If we took all the materials and cleaned them it would be more than $100,000,” he said.

It would have taken nearly a month to have the supplies cleaned, Berzonski said, and school administrators felt it was more important that the students not lose any more instructional time.

Kerr PTO President Windy Neff said most of the new curricular materials have arrived at the school.

She is hoping to rally the community to get Kerr looking like itself again, Neff said.

“We are really excited to announce we will host a parent decorating party to get bulletin boards and rooms more normal for the kids,” she said.

A date has not yet been set.

For more, visit fcasd.edu

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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