Architects, officials meet to discuss mold problems at Coleytown Middle School

<p>Architects met with the Westport Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance&nbsp;to discuss mold problems at Coleytown Middle School.&nbsp;</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 20, 2018, 11:20 AM

Updated 2,035 days ago

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Architects met with the Westport Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance to discuss mold problems at Coleytown Middle School. 
Members of KG&D Architects explained to town officials at the Town Hall Monday the primary reason for the mold problem is because of issues with the walls dating back to the initial construction of the building. They say the mold formed because of the design of the building and the materials used. This past summer's hot, humid weather, plus the failure of the school's air conditioning units, accelerated the issues.
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.
"At some point, there will be significant decisions, both monetary and operational decisions, that will come before our boards and we wanted to make sure we have a good detailed understanding of the architects' findings," says First Selectman Jim Marpe.
Officials say a decision about where students will be housed for the 2019-2020 school year is months away. 
Superintendent Dr. Colleen Palmer revealed nine possible options for next year.


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