Two meetings address concerns of mold contamination in Greenwich schools

(09/03/03) GREENWICH - A combination of a damp summer and the power outage may have contributed to a district-wide mold problem in Greenwich. At least four schools are suffering from mold contamination. The most extensive case of mold is in the Eastern Middle School on Hendry Avenue. An informational meeting was held there Tuesday night to address concerns from parents and teachers about the problem.

At least 12 classrooms at Eastern are still shut down due to the mold problem, but school officials say they are confident the contamination is under control. They hired experts to investigate the mold problem, and school officials say it is safe for students to return to school on Wednesday. Many days of rain this summer, high humidity, and not using many classrooms all accelerated the growth of mold in the schools.

At least three other schools in Greenwich have some level of mold contamination: Cos Cob Elementary School, Parkway Elementary School and the Arche Alternative Learning School. There was a meeting Wednesday night at Greenwich High School on Hillside Road to discuss the mold situation in the other contaminated schools.

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