BAYONNE – School officials said mold found prior to the opening of school has been successfully cleared, and students can safely take their classes at Woodrow Wilson School next week when the school year starts.
During a routine inspection in anticipation of opening of school, custodians noticed what they thought was mold in the newer wing of Woodrow Wilson School.
“They immediately reported this to central office,” said School Business Administrator Leo Smith.
Central office brought in Birdsall, the environmental engineer for the district, which informed them that there was mold, but it was confined to the new wing of the school. This was the result of a condenser breakdown in early August.
The environmental regulatory agencies were notified and school officials sought out quotes from two mold removal firms, and eventually brought in Rapid Recovery Co. who sent in scores of workers to clear the mold out of classrooms and other spaces, throwing out rugs and other items.
“There were as many as a 100 people who worked on the school for more than 36 hours,” Smith. After additional tests, the school district was notified on Aug. 30 that the wing was free of mold.