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Posted by Susan Lillard  
Saturday, 30 December 2006

Wisconsin Family Suffers from School Mold and Champions School IAQ Bill

This is an example of what one family accomplished, thus far, in the state capitol of Wisconsin, following a school mold exposure that their 11 year old daughter became ill from, despite the lack of progress at their local school.

Click to read Jeanne Black's Wisconsin Senate IAQ Speech

Photo taken in May of 2006, of interior school air vent (described as exhaust vent by district) at Mrs. Black's daughter's Wisconsin school, Darlington Middle and Elementary School, built in 1996, where some inspections have claimed the school air to be healthy. Jade became very ill at this elementary school, at the age of eleven (she is now in high school), and problems still exist at this local school. Mrs. Black feels that once the school IAQ legislation is passed in her state, with accountability, things may improve. There are still parents reporting sick children in this school and children who can not attend this school with doctors orders.  This photo shows the extent of some of the problems.  Click here to view test results (Aug. 2006) from district insurance company's bulk sample of this exhaust vent, received in June, 2006. Aspergillus niger was the predominant fungi (mold) found.

Click Aspergillus niger to read about the health effects and potential mycotoxins produced. Click here to view test results (May 2006) from Mrs. Black's cultured tape lift of this vent, taken from the middle. The tape lift was analyzed by Dr. George Carroll (click for CV). According to an independent scientist who is an expert on sick buildings and fungi, Dr. David C. Straus (click for CV), it is not unusual to find Stachybotrys  in one sample and not another, particularly if they are not from the same exact spot. That is why more than one sample is usually taken. Stachybotrys , a very dangerous black toxic mold, was found in Mrs. Black's sample. Both samples found Aspergillus niger  in abundant amounts, a dangerous toxin-producing mold. She described the sample as being slimy and peeling off as paper would. 

Click Fungal Reference Guide  to look up all the molds from these reports, their allergenic qualities, toxins and effects on health.

Click here to join a School Mold Forum where you may comment on Darlington, WI school mold problems. What do you think? Have your children experienced illness or problems at this school? Are you a school employee who wishes to share your observations and viewpoints? Offer your thoughts and solutions!

Photo, above, of the exhaust vent on the interior of the school building where the "Black sample" was taken from.

(Used with permission, from Boston Teachers Union Magazine)

Click to view Map and list  of Wisconsin Schools with past and present Indoor Air Quality Concerns (WEAC)

Family Backs Bill To Monitor, Fix Air Quality Problems In Schools

February 27, 2006
WISC TV Channel 3000

MADISON, Wis. -- "A Darlington-area family is heading to the state Capitol on Tuesday with hopes of improving the air quality in Wisconsin schools..." Click here for entire article.

Senators Pass Bill Regulating Indoor Air Quality In Schools
Legislation Now Headed To Assembly

March 1, 2006
WISC TV Channel 3000

MADISON, Wis. -- "The Wisconsin Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would monitor indoor air quality at schools around the state. The measure, Senate bill 235, was championed by Jeanne and Dick Black, of Darlington, after their 9-year-old daughter Jade became ill from what they said that poor air quality at her school..." click here for entire article

PIctured below, Jeanne, Dick and Jade Black with WI State Senator Cathy Stepp (left) and WI State Senator Dale Schultz (right) 2006

2005 SENATE BILL 325

AN ACT to amend 120.13 (9), 121.02 (1) (i) and 254.22 (4); and to create 101.29
of the statutes; relating to: indoor environmental quality in schools and
granting rule−making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a school board is required to provide safe and healthful
facilities. Current law also requires the Department of Commerce (department) to
administer the laws relating to the safety of public buildings, which include a
requirement that the department or, in certain cases, a county, city, village, or town
(political subdivision) review plans for the construction or alteration of, or an
addition to, a public building for compliance with the rules of the department before
construction is started.
This bill creates certain provisions relating to indoor environmental quality in
schools, which the bill defines to include any public elementary or secondary school
in the state. (click here to view entire bill)

Jade Black nominated for National Geographic for Kids' Huggable Hero Award, by WI State Senator

see letter, below 

Nomination Letter

Please note: Wisconsin is not alone in having school mold problems, at least half of the schools in our country are estimated to have indoor air quality problems by the US Accounting Office, and that leaks and plumbing problems run much higher than that estimate. This is a national and even international problem that must be addressed school by school, as well as nationally in each country with school mold epidemics.

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