Superintendent: Coleytown students' fate could be decided by winter break

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Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer says a decision should be made by winter break to determine where students will be housed for the 2019-2020 school year. Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer says a decision should be made by winter break to determine where students will be housed for the 2019-2020 school year.
WESTPORT -

Westport Public School officials say they have drafted a list of nine possible options for housing plans for the mold-infested Coleytown Middle School. 

The plan was announced Monday night during a Board of Education meeting at Staples High School.   

Currently, sixth- and seventh-graders are attending classes at Bedford Middle School and eighth-graders are at Staples High School.

The students have not been at their school for around two months after mold was discovered inside of Coleytown Middle School.  

The nine options varies from keeping students housed at their current locations at both Beford and Staples to moving them to other elementary schools around town or staggering start times for classes. 

Members of an architect firm also met with town officials Monday to discuss the cause of the mold problem

The firm suggested fixing the mold problems, which will cost $25 million to $35 million, or demolish and build a new school, which would cost $60 million to $70 million.

Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer says a decision should be made by winter break to determine where students will be housed for the 2019-2020 school year. 

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