Montevallo Elementary air quality tests results shared with pare

Montevallo Elementary air quality tests results shared with parents

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Shelby Co. Schools Superintendent Randy Fuller speaks to a packed cafeteria of parents. Source: Arielle Clay Shelby Co. Schools Superintendent Randy Fuller speaks to a packed cafeteria of parents. Source: Arielle Clay
MONTEVALLO, AL (WBRC) -

Some Montevallo Elementary School parents are still unsatisfied with the state of the building despite hearing from school officials and clean up consultants that the air quality is good.

The school has hired ERG Environmental to clean up mold from various parts of the school. Several parents have kept their children out of class to avoid what they think are unhealthy conditions.

One of those parents is Michelle Gallagher. The PTO President's children have been out of class since Nov. 30 and she says she's not quite sure when they'll return.

"I'm afraid for them...If you're having to have a cleaning team come in every night for hours and hours. So is that ok for my children to come in when I don't know what's happening to them. I don't think it is," Gallagher said.

Monday, a cleaning crew was out giving the building a deep cleaning. Randy Fuller, county superintendent, says this is being done to reassure parents that not only are the mold levels safe but the school as a whole is clean and sanitary.

The events began in September 2012 when the school received an air quality report detailing the presence of mold in parts of the school. Five portables were brought to the school so students could be relocated during a clean up.

Monday, ERG Environmental spoke to parents to explain that the mold levels in the school are safe but parents like Gallagher aren't convinced. Emotions ran high at the meeting as some parents explained that ther kids have come down with health problems that they believe are related to mold.

But all parents aren't afraid.

"I have a fifth grader. If I thought he was in danger, he would not be here," Carla Layton said. "I do know that the school is doing everything that it should do to make it right."

Gallagher tells FOX6 that the only way she would be satisfied with the results is if an independent company came in to conduct a final air quality test. However, she says a group of concerned parents is having a hard time getting the school board to give an outside agency clearance to conduct testing.

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