Sat, Sep. 21, 2002
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Air quality at Hilton Head Elementary School will be tested next week in response to parents’ concerns over possible mold in the school’s ventilation system. Mary Briggs, executive principal of the 2,200-student elementary school, sent a letter home with students Friday about the situation. In the letter, Briggs said the school and district would "take all steps to ensure the safety and environmental health of our students and staff." Beaufort County School District spokesman John Williams said tests will be conducted throughout next week to determine air quality at the school. After Spartanburg-based AAA Environmental completes its report, the results will be made public, Williams said.
Mold and mildew in district schools have been a problem in years past. The school district sued contractors and architects involved in the 1991 construction of Hilton Head Middle School after air-quality problems surfaced at the school in 1994. Dehumidifiers were installed in some schools in 1994 to try to combat mold and mildew.