2012-12-14 / Top Stories

PS 114 Parents Prove To Be Right

Mold, Asbestos Clean-Up Begins
By Howard Schwach


Chancellor Dennis Walcott as-sures parents that PS 114 is safe and that no mold had been de-tected at the school, but tests funded by the parents revealed mold in the auditorium Chancellor Dennis Walcott as-sures parents that PS 114 is safe and that no mold had been de-tected at the school, but tests funded by the parents revealed mold in the auditorium Tests have shown that the parents who chided School Chancellor Dennis Walcott at a meeting at Public School 114 last week were right.

Further testing shows both mold and asbestos at the storm-damaged school on Beach 135 Street in Belle Harbor.

The DOE has now sealed off the entire auditorium and parts of the stage, where mold was found late last week. Asbestos found in a crawl space also has to be removed. When the school was reopened three weeks ago, parents complained that they had health concerns with their children being in the building.

At a meeting held in the school au-ditorium, officials assured the parents that the school had been completely cleaned and surveyed and that no mold was detected.

Parents, however, paid for their own inspection that showed mold behind the walls and in a stairwell behind the auditorium.

In a letter to the parents sent on Friday, December 7, DOE officials said, “We hope this information will help alleviate any concerns that you have and reassure you that the conditions at PS 114 are safe for children and staff.”

Parents questioned why it took scores of complaints from parents and a meeting at the school before officials agreed to conduct tests for mold, moisture and asbestos at the school.

Additionally, new testing found that two of 14 water fountains showed elevated levels of copper.

Parents had complained that the water had not been tested at the meeting, but DOE officials said that the water on the peninsula had been tested and there was no need to test the fountains at the school.

DOE officials told The Wave this week that the mold would be removed over the next two weekends.

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