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Our View: D-303 effectively responds to discovery of mold

Published: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

When school district officials are notified about a serious issue, parents, students and residents expect a swift response.

In such situations, those who reside within a school district also expect timely and detailed communication from their area’s educational leaders.

St. Charles School District 303 is to be applauded for how it handled the discovery of mold this month at the Norris Recreation Center, which is managed by the district but supervised by its own board of directors.

After learning that mold had been discovered Aug. 1 on the wall of a racquetball court at the Norris center, District 303 officials began planning how to clean up the facility.

In addition, the district quickly sent photos and information about the mold to the Kane County Chronicle and others. School officials also invited journalists to see the mold and learn more about the situation Aug. 2.

Remediating the mold and taking air samples cost District 303 about $100,000. The Norris center – which already had been closed since July 30 for scheduled maintenance and improvements – reopened Monday. Costs for a design fix related to the discovery of the mold will be discussed at a future District 303 meeting.

Having dealt with a more than $29 million mold problem at St. Charles East High School in 2001, District 303 came into the Norris center situation with experience.

We give the district credit for making communication a priority during an instance when the safety and health of residents needed to be protected.

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