MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Earlier this week WHNT News 19 viewer Jessica Smith emailed us with pictures and concerns over potential mold issues inside historic Madison Elementary School.
The CDC indicates that no mold is safe and all mold could potentially cause upper respiratory issues for children. Certainly, some mold is more harmful than others, but no mold is necessarily good. So we decide to take action and look into the matter.
We found out Madison City Schools are constantly inspecting school building throughout the entire calendar year - not just during school months.
Dennis James, Madison City Schools' Director of student services tells us the mold issue at Madison Elementary is something the district learned about several months ago.
"Right at the end of the school year we did notice a couple of ceiling tiles in Madison Elementary that were showing some moisture. We did have an outside agency, an outside testing company come in and run air quality tests."
James says the report came back indicating the air quality was good. Of course the school district still wanted to address what was causing moisture on the tiles.
"Out of the thousands of tiles inside Madison Elementary school they found a single tile that did have some black mold on it - obviously that is a concern."
They removed the tile in question immediately and determined the moisture was coming from condensation on HVAC pipes.
"And as a matter of fact today, we had scheduled for it to be fixed and today they are out here repairing that section - so we should be good to go," James assures.
Turns out, Madison Elementary stands to benefit from way more than a replaced ceiling tile. There is approximately $1 million in the capital plan budget designated for repairs and improvements to the historic Madison school.
The original structure was erected in 1936 on the previous site of Madison Training School. It has been upgraded to its present state over subsequent years. During the summer of 1999, the main campus underwent extensive renovations. A new media center and gym were completed in 2001.