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'The big shuffle' | ABSS find mold in parts of central services building

The district says the mold is non-toxic
Credit: WFMY

BURLINGTON, North Carolina — A spokesperson for the district said some parts of the ABSS Central Services building on Vaughn Road are impacted by mold causing about a dozen people to be temporarily relocated. 

The district said industrial hygienists found surface mold on some of the cabinets inside their Curriculum Department, Federal Programs Office, Public Information Office, and the Office of the Superintendent. 

"We are now doing the big shuffle if you will. We are shuffling to other parts of the building. Curriculum is actually moved out to Graham Middle School and one of the things that has to happen is the things that are being taken out will have to be remediated. For the most part, things are staying put except computers," ABSS spokesperson Les Atkins said.  

The district says the Foyer, Enrollment, Student Services, and Technology are not impacted and people can still visit those spaces for now.

"We will look at possibly closing this office early on Friday to give the crews an extra opportunity. We will wait until school is out because we still have students coming here to enroll. The front offices are not impacted here anyway," Atkins said.  

The district just went back to school after widespread mold issues delayed the start of the year. The board approved calendar changes on Tuesday to make up for 18 hours of lost instruction time. 

In the next few days, parents and staff can expect a survey for input on these tentative changes. The district said what is included in the survey are only suggestions. 

Currently, no final decision has been made and they want to hear from parents and staff before moving forward.

"Give them some options like would you like to explore Saturdays? One of the things within the calendar law is teachers cannot work more than 5 days consecutively. So we would have to look at a day where maybe were off on a Monday or maybe there's a holiday in the middle of the week where we could work on a Saturday," Atkins said. 

The district said on Monday, Sept. 18, that they are expecting full reports by the industrial hygienists to be posted on the district website regarding the nearly 30 schools impacted by mold in some form throughout ABSS. 


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