Scranton, Lackawanna County - A school in Lackawanna County is fighting a mold problem and Monday night school board meeting got out of control as parents and district leaders battled over the mold found in an elementary school.
The school board voted Monday night to move the students from Prescott Elementary school to Nativity of Our Lord Elementary at the end of the month but the meeting got heated when the timeline of events surrounding mold at Prescott elementary was exposed. Officials say the problem was discovered back in February but the report was misplaced now parents are outraged.
Parents say it all boils down to the health welfare and safety of their children and they believe the school board violated that. Countless parents say their children have been sent home sick with allergy like symptoms and they believe it all comes back to the mold found at Prescott Elementary.
An air quality test done by an environmental engineering firm at Prescott Elementary school back in February revealed a potential mold problem but the report was accidentally filed in the Audubon folder. The Scranton school district closed Audubon Elementary school last year due to mold. Another round of tests in September at Prescott revealed high levels of mold in the multipurpose room. An intense cleaning was done but there is still mold in the walls but air quality is considered safe.
The students will move to Nativity of Our Lord Elementary school on October 29th. They will stay there until the mold problem at Prescott is rectified. They say that can take anywhere from 3-6months