Mold in Hugo school

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

HUGO, OK -- A school district is working to remove potentially harmful mold from its elementary school. Administrators in Hugo say they are doing everything they can, but some parents say the mold is keeping their kids from school.

Superintendent Tony Daugherty says there have been no reports of black mold the most dangerous kind. They have found a kind that could harm the bronchial areas.

Parents and officials agree they want it fixed soon. The dried mold covers walls underneath the vinyl wall coverings at the elementary school. School administrators say they noticed mold some of the carpet when they returned this summer. After running some tests realized the mold all over the walls in this pod of about seven classrooms on end of the school.

Officials say the school has flooded at least twice since opening in 1989. Combine that with a wet summer and poor circulation, you get mold.

"You try and cut back running on your air conditioners and mold generates where there's areas with no circulation," Daugherty says.

Bekah Langely says her six-year-old son Colton starting running a high fever with a runny nose back in September. Doctor's say it's pneumonia, but they have not cleared Colton to return to school since then because some of the harmful mold is airborne.

"It's not my ideal situation or anyone's ideal situation for Colton being visually impaired and autistic."

Colton meets with a teacher everyday in his Sunday school room at church, but Langely says he needs a routine and social interaction, and hopes he can return to school soon.

"I'm so thankful for any progress that's being made, if it's the right progress. Whenever I'm told a, b, and c is going to get done, a, b, and c needs to be done," she says.

A thick, black tarp blocks this pod off from the rest of the school, where crews are stripping the floors and walls installing anti-microbial carpet.

The carpet allows a person to replace individual sections, instead of having to pull up the entire carpet. It’s more expensive than regular carpet, but it's a price administrators say they are willing to pay so kids like Colton can come back to school.

Daugherty says they plan to receive more test results on Monday to determine if other parts of the school need work.

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  • by another concerned parent Location: hugo on Dec 14, 2007 at 08:33 PM
    I agree that this situation is very inconvienent and very hard for the students and teachers. It does seem like they could have at least 1 more facility, so they are not so over crowded, but I do not feel like there is any problem with them being in churches. There is not any religion dominating our education process, they are teaching the same as before this happened. I don't like anything about this situation, but I am very thankful for the churches who opened their doors to our kids. Please refer to the school's website to see all school board members,talk to them, express your concerns & ask questions. We should all be going to the school board meetings, the do have a time for anyone to ask questions. We all need to get involved and make sure the right thing is done. We may not agree on everything, but one thing we all agree on is that our kids and teachers deserve a healthy school. remember HES Healthy Enthusiastic Students.
  • by Anonoymous Location: Hugo on Dec 14, 2007 at 07:10 AM
    I am mom of a child in the school. I am not happy of what is going on. The school has not done the best for the kids. They have just put our kids in a small room in a church and hope for the best. There are more places to have a school. There is 2 gyms in the town,agriplex,votech, that has to be beter te on office in a church. The school Board needs to look at what is better for our kids and not what is better for them. A VERY UNHAPPY MOM
  • by dowah Location: hugo on Dec 13, 2007 at 08:25 PM
    why couldn't they find somewhere besides churghes to teach the children the rest of the year? maybe the votech, agriplex, library, cultural center? doesn't seem right to have certain religions dominate the education process of our children
  • by Tony on Dec 12, 2007 at 10:57 AM
    So where are the kids at now and the conditions they are learnin?. Need to see what has happend to the kids and teachers. Do a follow up please
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Dec 11, 2007 at 08:39 PM
    From what I understand, the roof has leaked on that building since it was opened. And the kids and teachers have been paying for slipshod construction ever since.
  • by anonoymous Location: hugo on Dec 11, 2007 at 07:07 AM
    I have worked at this school in the past, and the school officials have been told by teachers and other staff that there was a suspected mold problem, because everyone stayed sick. The building leaked all of the time that I worked there, that wasn,t something that just happened a couple of times as the story said. I know that the roof has since been repaired, but that doesn't fix the existing mold. I also know that they sprayed for mold in one classroom after the roof was fixed but, the school had several leakes throughout the building. Spraying one room won't take care of the whole school. I feel real bad for the little boy who got sick but, I am so glad the issue has been addressed and maybe will be taken care of. Kids in Hugo are not bad, I believe you heard totally wrong. Some of the best kids I know go to Hugo Schools.
  • by nick Location: Hugo on Dec 11, 2007 at 03:48 AM
    They have done a lot to try to fix the problem. They never wanted it to come to this, but it has. You might be interesyed to know that their are not any specific regulations on mold. Any organization you contact, says to ask somebody else. I have been in contact with the school since the first letter was sent home and it is not lack of trying. Besides, I would just assume my kids go to church based school, anyway. It is funny or ironic that the govt takes God out of schools, but when the schools are in trouble God's house is where they go for help.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Dec 9, 2007 at 06:37 AM
    Try doing some basic cleaning with, oh, say, Lysol. That's what you have janitors for, isn't it? Otherwise, leave it alone- it's the closest thing Hugo has to culture.
  • by Anonymous Location: OK on Dec 7, 2007 at 04:08 PM
    If the school was truely cleaning up the mold that would be one thing, but they are not, and as a person who is in the school on a weekly basis, you notice that there are several students as well as educators who have developed cancer while teaching and attending this school. The school has spent more time covering it up and threatening the teachers than to really address the problem. Each student & educator should be allowed to attend a school without worring about their immediate health, & any longterm health effects it will cause by mold being in the school. Another question, why are the teachers not allowed to speak of the mold? Why have the other schools in the district not been notified of the potential problem in the k-3 Elementary building. Ask any teacher in the other schools in the system if they know about any problems, & they will ask what you are talking about. How interesting how our Superintendant is not doing his job,or allowing the communication worker to do hers.
  • by tyson Location: denison on Dec 7, 2007 at 03:40 PM
    Mold i have mold all in my house i drink that stuff makes me tuff aahhh man i am tuff them kids get it free we should not stop them from school they need to go i herd the kids up at that school are bad anyway
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