Mold discovered in several classrooms at Orchard Park Elementary School in Kettering has been removed.
Ken Lackey, director of business services for Kettering City Schools, said the “non-toxic mold” was found last week by custodians “during those first hot and sunny days after all of that rain. It has been completely remedied and tests of air quality are now good.”
The mold was growing on carpeting in five classrooms of the school at 600 E. Dorothy Lane. The school was closed for several days while tests were done.
Lackey said the floor covering has since been removed, “because some of those in one room were pretty significant spots. Tile is now being installed over the concrete. That will be a lot easier to keep clean. The teachers will be back in their classrooms this weekend or on Monday.”
Lackey said the district had “two or three other buildings with minor spots of mold. Those have been cleaned up and the air tested there. Having the air conditioning running again full time will also help to reduce humidity in the schools. We cut it back during summer.”
Kettering, and a small portion of Moraine served by the district, has 12 school buildings, including eight elementary schools.
Orchard Park, which was built in 1957 on a property of 7.7 acres, has more than 280 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
First day of school in Kettering is Aug. 13.