Report shows significant mold problem at Globe Academy

by: Liz Artz Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - An air quality report obtained by Channel 2 Action News shows a significant mold problem at a newly established DeKalb County charter school.
 
The 39-page report outlines various mold and air quality issues at the Globe Academy.
 
Parents at the DeKalb County start-up charter school contacted Channel 2 Action News after their children started coming home sick.
 
Board Chairman Miguel Dominguez told Channel 2’s Liz Artz that they responded immediately and have kept parents in the loop every step of the way.
 
The test concluded enough mold was found in the school that immediate action was needed to remove ceiling tiles, eliminate buckets of standing water and increase air flow by opening windows.
 
The report also indicated there was toxic black mold found in the restroom on the second- and third-grade hall.
 
The school closed the restroom until the mold is removed. Children were moved to other parts of the building, but the school was not evacuated.
 
Classes will go on as normal and school officials said it’s a safe environment.
 
Dominguez said the board took immediate action after the report came back. He showed Artz Thursday where crews are working to remediate the bathroom and an adjacent area. He says they leased the 60-year-old building from DeKalb County Schools and the findings were not surprising in such an old building.
 
Dominiguez said the building sat vacant several years before the Globe Academy moved in.
 
The mold should be gone by Friday. The HVAC should be thoroughly cleaned by next week.



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