KINGSTON — Wyoming Valley West Middle School will be closed indefinitely after classes are dismissed today due to an extensive mold problem.
School board president Joseph Mazur made the announcement at a Tuesday morning board meeting.
“At the end of the school day, the building will be closed maybe for three months, maybe for six months, maybe forever,” he said
Mazur said the school board originally believed that only two rooms in the basement of the structure were affected by mold and that it could be isolated.
Upon further consultation with an environmental specialist, the board learned the mold issue was extensive.
“We are closing the school down and we will be determining the exact nature of the problem when the students are out,” he said.
About a dozen parents who had gathered for the meeting said they were pleased the school board had chosen to be aggressive in addressing the problem.
Parents inquired of the board as to what alternatives there would be, which they said might include cyber-school, moving students to another location or sharing space with another school.
Solicitor Charles Coslett assured parents attending the meeting that district superintendent Irvin DeRemer would be in touch with the board of education, ensuring that students would successfully complete the requirements for the school year.
“You need to give us some time,” Mazur said to the parents. “We’re hoping that next week we have some kind of plan.”
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