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District approves bill in costly mold cleanup

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The Colleton County School Board met in a special closed-door session on Thursday night to discuss the price tag of the recent mold clean-up at Northside Elementary School.
Approximately $510,843 has been spent to clean the school, remove the mold and refurbish the school’s carpets and cabinetry. The cost for the cleanup will come from the school district’s capital projects fund account, which is used to maintain and clean all schools in the district during the fiscal school year.
The mold was discovered throughout the school on January 4 by teachers when they returned from the 2015 holiday break. Northside Elementary was subsequently closed for several weeks while cleaning specialists from BIOTEK Environmental in Charleston removed the mold.
Specifically, the entire bill includes $25,000 spent on miscellaneous expenses, which include replacing some carpet and cabinetry items, and buying new filters and Freon, according to a statement from Dr. Franklin Foster, Colleton County’s Superintendent of Schools.
The total cost for the cleanup also includes $448,706 to BIOTEK and $37,137 to Applied Building Science, the two entities who tested the mold and cleaned the school. The bill includes all costs, including conference calls, actual cleanup, lab time, and mileage and meals charged to the district by the professional agencies.
At Thursday’s meeting, the school board took a vote approving the final expenses related to the school’s cleanup. District officials described the cleanup as an “emergency procurement issue,” according to a district response on the vote.
The school board also discussed two personnel matters during its executive (closed) session, according to an agenda of the meeting.

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