State inspection confirms mold at Roosevelt
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 February 21, 2014 12:00AM
A recent inspection at Gary Roosevelt College and Career Academy found six state violations in regard to indoor air quality at schools. They included six rooms with visible mold and the concession area that boasts photos of legendary Roosevelt athletes.
Updated: March 22, 2014 6:33AM
GARY — School officials say they have already responded to a Feb. 14 state inspection at the Roosevelt College and Career Academy that found six rooms with visible mold.
“The superintendent gave instruction to our building and grounds department to alleviate it,” spokeswoman Sarita Stevens said. “The problem is not a severe one and it’s not atypical for an older building. It’s something you have to abate constantly.”
Subzero temperatures triggered pipes to burst and flood classrooms and the band room last month.
An Indiana State Board of Health industrial hygienist inspected Roosevelt on Feb. 11 at the request of the state Center for Education and Career Innovation, a controversial new state agency created by Gov. Mike Pence last year through an executive order.
EdisonLearning Inc., a private education management company, has operated Roosevelt since 2012 under a four-year contract with the Indiana Department of Education.
The state took the school away from the Gary Community School Corp. after students posted six straight years of failing test scores.
“Since the Gary school district owns the building, and we are the tenants, we will be working with them to address these issues, which resulted from the failure of the heating system and the flooding that followed,” said Michael Serpe, spokesman for EdisonLearning.
The inspection cited six state violations in regard to indoor air quality at schools. They included six rooms with visible mold and the concession area that boasts photos of legendary Roosevelt athletes.
Also violated was a requirement that classroom temperatures be at least 68 degrees during student occupancy.
“In addition, the concession stand outside the gym and the athletic director’s room in the gym had been flooded and had a strong musty odor. There are large photographs on the wall outside the gym that have had water damage and have visible mold. These photographs should be bagged and removed.”
The report said a mold remediation manager should be designated to address the problem.
In addition, the report said until mold is remediated, the return air ducts in the band and choir rooms should be sealed to prevent air from being circulated throughout the building.
The inspector noted he couldn’t find a written maintenance log that covered the cleaning and filter changes of the heating system. “No one from the building maintenance was available to explain if the written procedure and logs exist,” the report stated.
State Board of Health spokesman Ken Severson said the district has 60 days to address the issues and report back. If the issues are not resolved, he said the next step would be to file an enforcement case in the “appropriate court.”