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Mold Concerns at North Dorchester High School

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 HURLOCK, Md.- School isn't back in session for a few more weeks, but the halls of North Dorchester High are already packed with cleaners trying to get the building ready for when that first bell rings.

"Mold" and "school" are two words people don't often like to see in the same sentence together.  Hurlock mayor Joyce Spratt has hear that a lot though in the past few weeks, after mold was found in the 60 year old local high school, North Dorchester.

"I hope that school is mold free when that school starts.  But I just can't see it happening that quickly.  I just don't want to see them band-aid it just to the point where it's okay.  Sometimes okay isn't really okay." said Spratt.

The aging school has had issues of roof leaks in the past, which the board of education is addressing with a two year roof.  But assistant superintendent Dwayne Abt says that's not all they have done to eliminate the issue.

"In this case, the root cause of any moisture here at North Dorchester High School is the building envelope.  The building envelope is consisting of the walls, the roof, and the floors." said Abt.

So teams are replacing much of the mortar along the outside as well, and Abt says the mold has been eliminated.  But parents and grandparents like Charles Cephas say the real issue isn't fixing the cracks, but getting a new school.

"It is now at a time of it's life expectancy to be over.  So I think the mold issue is just one part of it.  There's the age of it and having a school system that for this area is compatible to other school systems." said Cephas.

And Abt says that too is in the process, but takes a lot of time and a lot of money.

"We did receive that planning approval.  We are in the early stages of that with educational specs.  We are just starting that process now and we will move on the the planning phase." Abt tells WBOC.

That phase is where the real money comes into play.  For the actual design, some of that money needs to come from the county.  Councilman Rick Price says he hopes to work with the board of education to find funding for this crucial project.
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