With students in their second week back at school, the gym at Catlettsburg Elementary School remains closed, after the staff discovered mold there this summer.
A staff member first reported potential mold in the gym on July 17, according to Boyd County Public Schools Superintendent Bill Boblett.
“As soon as it got brought to maintenance’s attention, they were pretty much on it and started the process of getting everything checked,” said Jeff Frasure, Principal of Catlettsburg Elementary.
The school district hired a professional cleaning company, who found mold in two areas: the storage rooms located underneath the bleachers and the former locker rooms attached to the gym.
“They scrubbed everything in there,” said Frasure. “They got rid of a lot of stuff that had the mold attached to it or that could have the mold – anything porous, they had to get rid of. They went through and scrubbed the walls, ceilings, and took the carpet out.”
One teacher also had concerns about potential mold in her classroom. According to Boblett, the school district had it checked and it did not appear to have mold, but they put an air scrubber in the room to purify the air just in case.
Catlettsburg Elementary has also had to move P.E. classes outdoors or to the hallways, while the gym remains closed.
“Luckily we have a really good P.E. teacher who can change on a moment’s notice, and we’ve had fantastic weather so they’ve had P.E. outside on the playground,” said Frasure.
The school district plans to do a final air quality test of the gym and classroom on Sunday. They expect to get the results back within 2-3 days, and if everything goes well, they hope to have the gym open sometime next week.
“We want what’s best for the kids here at Catlettsburg, and we’re going to do everything in our power as a staff and at Boyd County Public Schools to provide them with the most safe environment that we can,” said Frasure.