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Mold causes closure of 4 classrooms at Bellamy Elementary

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Starting Wednesday, 5th grade students from Bellamy Elementary will be bused to Parsley Elementary every day because there’s mold in four of their classrooms.

Administrators say that janitors first discovered mold in one of the mobile classrooms at Bellamy Elementary during the summer and now parents are wondering why something wasn’t done sooner.

“This is affecting my child,” said Steve Crowe. “You are putting my child in danger and I want something done about that.”

Steve Crowe says since the start of the school year his daughter, like many children in her class, has been suffering from severe migraines almost daily.

Doctors weren’t able to find a cause, but now he thinks he has, mold growing in the air-conditioning ducts at his daughters school.

“To me it seemed like almost 90% of the children that were represented had similar symptoms to my child’s symptoms and that’s very alarming,” said Crowe.

Tuesday night school administrators received test results that showed that four mobile classrooms had higher than normal amounts of air-born mold.

Administrators were forced to find room for 115 students overnight.

“We had to look at a place that had space and we had to look at a place that was close to where we are here at Bellamy,” said Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools. “Parsley was the closest was able to accommodate the students and we could do it in the time with the least disruption in their school day.”

The school system will keep the mobile classrooms closed for at least 60 days, but parents say only time will tell if this solution gets a passing grade.

“It’s not a good situation but you’ve got to take the good with the bad,” said Ashley Roberts. “They’re doing what they can to improve the situation and if that’s what it takes that’s what it takes.”

“The rest of the buildings not being checked really gets me but their kids aren’t going here so they’re not worried about it,” said Crowe.

Superintendent Tim Markley says the school system is still waiting on the full results to pinpoint exactly what kind of mold was in the air.

Classes will remain closed until the problem is fixed.


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