HANOVER TWP. — The Hanover Area School District is dealing with roof leaks at two schools and suspected mold in several high school classrooms, Superintendent Bill Jones confirmed.
An O-ring in the drainage system for the high school failed and water worked its way into a high school hallway, Jones said. Parts of the hall have been roped off and buckets have been set up to catch the water. The district is waiting for a replacement part — and a break in the weather — to fix the problem.
Jones said the Lyndwood Center — a school closed in 2011 but re-0pened several years ago to house Head Start and Luzerne Intermediate Unit classrooms — also has a roof problem awaiting repairs. High winds recently lifted a corner of the roof. Temporary repairs have been made and the roof is not leaking, but a company hired to do permanent repairs won’t be able to get to the job until next week.
And the district is responding to concerns about possible mold in four classrooms at the high school, with a company coming in to inspect and test the rooms Tuesday. “That’s the earliest they could get here,” Jones said, noting companies specializing in mold inspection and removal are particularly busy following the rainy summer.
Jones said the company said it should be OK to keep using the rooms as long as no mold is visible, so they are still occupied. But if the company finds mold, the rooms will be emptied until it is removed. He also said additional testing may be warranted if the company finds a problem.
There were some cabinets with a white substance in some classrooms that were wiped off, Jones added.
Mold has been a problem in classrooms throughout the state this year, with reports of mold and temporary school closings in at least half a dozen counties.
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