Mold found in Henryville school library

Mold discovered at Henryville school library

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Mold found behind a bookshelf has temporarily closed the library at the Henryville Elementary, Henryville Junior and Senior High School. The library serves roughly 1,200 students in the Henryville school complex.

West Clark Community Schools Superintendent Chad Schenck said a custodian found the mold behind a bookshelf in the library. He said the mold was about the size of a fist.

"We sprayed that and disinfected that, for what we use it's student safe but it also kills on contact it kills those mold spores in contact," said Schenck. "So the immediate things that we have done, obviously continually running dehumidifiers, air scrubbers to clean the air. Those air scrubbers or HEPA filters, we are not seeing those becoming dirty at all, those HEPA filters are actually coming back very very clean, so we know we don't have anything airborne."

Schenck says increased levels of humidity across the region has led to the mold growth in the library and a few other areas in the district.

"Unfortunately there's many many spaces and a lot of square footage that we don't have air handlers or air conditioning and that's the underlying culprit we feel," said Schenck.

Schenck said besides the disinfecting and air filters. They have hired outside contractors to clean the air ducts.

"I would not have any reservation of sending my own children to this campus and having them be educated in this environment. Again, all the tests that we have performed and all of the officials that we've brought in those have all been within the range of limitations that the Department of Health allows for public occupancy, so again school is safe. We are doing all we can do," said Schenck.

Schenck tells us the tests counted spores but did not identify what type of mold it was. He expects the library to open up again Friday and said the air test results will be posted on the district's website.


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