Wrightsboro teachers to move back in this month

Reported by Claire Simms – bio |email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT)—Teachers should be allowed to move back into their classrooms at Wrightsboro Elementary School beginning June 21, 2010.

New Hanover County school administrators made them move out this spring after mold was found above the ceilings of several classrooms inside the school.

According to Chris Peterson, Director of Maintenance Operations, the mold issue has been handled in two separate phases.  The first phase was removing the mold and getting the all-clear.  The second was replacing the ceiling tiles and other fixtures needed for classes to resume.

Students from Wrightsboro Elementary have been going to school at Holly Shelter Middle School since they returned from spring break.  They had to attend a handful of Saturday school sessions and two extra half-days were tacked on to the end of the school year to make up the time missed because of the move.

Peterson believes the mold started to grow inside the school because of water leaking through the roof.  He hopes this incident reminds the school system of how important it is to keep up the maintenance of all school facilities.

"It's something that we've got to try to do in the future," explained Peterson.  "That helps keep the water leaks from occurring.  So, that's something that we already know, but it's something that hopefully, we can get funding for in the very, very near future.  To make sure all of our facilities are what they need to be."

Construction work inside Wrightsboro should be completed by June 18, 2010.

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