Rapid City School Closes for One Week due to Mold Issue

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Rapid City School Closes for One Week due to Mold Issue

Black Hawk Elementary school in Rapid City, South Dakota, has been closed after mold was found in an interior wall.

The school authorities said lab testing is being done to assess the extent of mold infestation. The results are expected on Wednesday.

School district spokeswoman Katy Urban said an alternate place will be arranged for the 410 students if the problem takes more than a week to resolve.


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Nuns at Stanwood Convent Sickened due to Mold Infestation

The sisters of the Convent of the Meeting of the Lord in the Stanwood convent, Snohomish County, Washington, have been sickened by mold.

The sisters, who make and sell beeswax candles for a living, have recently discovered that their home is infested with mold.

They estimated cost of cleanup and repair is between $10,000 and $30,000.

One of the neighbors has started a Go Fund Me project to help meet the repair expenses.


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Moldy Apartment Makes Pocatello Man Sick

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An Idaho State University student has been sick for about four years because of mold in his apartment.

Matthew Shugert said he did not know until January of this year that the cause of his sickness was mold infestation in his apartment at Ridge Crest Housing, Pocatello, Idaho. Explaining his illness, he said, “Over the years, chronic exhaustion to the point of passing out. Sleep problems, respiratory problems, neurological problems, bloody noses, just a wide range of symptoms.”

University’s Technical Safety Director Peter Farina said housing inspectors had visited and assessed mold issue in Shugert’s apartment in early March. He said, “What they need to do is immediately contact our university housing if there are leaks. Because mold needs water to grow and needs a continuous source. If you cut off the water, the mold will stop growing. Also, students need to be careful what they bring into the dorms or houses, we’ve had a lot of fires in the past.”


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Start of School Year in Hesperia Delayed Due to Mold Infestation

The start of Hesperia Community’s school year has been delayed due to mold infestation in some classrooms of Patricia St. Clair Elementary School in Hesperia, Michigan.

Authorities said the mold was detected on the carpets in elementary school during a routine walk-through on September 7th. However, since the K-12th students share the same ventilation system, classes were put off for all students.

The schools are expected to re-open on September 10th.


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Nobody Shows up at Auction of Mold-Infested Building in Bartow

City management of Bartow, Florida, held an auction to sell the mold-infested, former solid waste department’s building on May 19, however, nobody showed up.

The building, located at 2060 State Road 60 E, was abandoned more than a year ago after its wall and carpet became infested with mold. The city’s Solid Waste Department was temporarily relocated to another nearby building.

According to auctioneer John Martz, “I’ve never, ever held an auction where nobody came… There’s usually always somebody who will buy what you’re selling.”

City Manager George Long said, “I expect that building is going to be demolished and salvaged, to the extent that it can be… Whether that will be done by the city or somebody acting on our behalf, I don’t know.”