Cheltenham Middle School to Open Late Due to Mold

A school in Cheltenham Township will open late this year after mold was found inside its building. 

Last July, workers detected a small presence of mold inside classrooms at Cedarbrook Middle School. Attempts to get rid of it failed as the humidity spiked.

“The mold reappeared and multiplied to a point where it was evident in many classroom spaces,” wrote school superintendent Natalie Thomas in a letter to schools.

The summer cleaning staff was relocated and school officials brought in an environmental consulting contractor to assist in their assessment. They also contacted environmental health experts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine to provide air quality health and wellness guidance.

During a special meeting on August 6, the district announced that a contract was given to Langan Engineering & Environmental Service to monitor mold remediation and provide clearing testing services. Officials warned that the process could cause the school’s opening to be delayed.

On Wednesday, officials announced that the middle school will now open on September 16 instead of September 3 as the mold remediation work continues. 

Also in July, workers found old, peeling paint after tearing back drywall in the basement of Myers Elementary School. Officials say some of the paint tested positive for lead. The waterproofing installation contractor will perform a lead-based paint abatement at the school. Officials expect work to be completed before the school opens on September 3.

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