We question how this new, extensive mold infestation was handled at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, AZ, where much illness, including unusual cancers and seizure disorders, has been reported.. The Tempe Union High School District (AZ) has consistently shown it does not follow acceptable guidelines in its cleanups. The school community should question exactly how the cleanup was done, and demand the receipts that show exactly who did the latest cleanup and what means were used. Patches of mold on walls is normally an indicator that is the tip of the iceberg - behind those walls is usually extensive moisture and mold. Our information is that this school district may have put new rugs on top of old moldy rugs, several years ago, in a cost-saving effort that does not constitute mold remediation (The Center for School Mold Help).
To read a statement issued by the Tempe Union High School District about the poor indoor air quality at Corona del Sol High School, click here (We strongly disagree about the supposedly safe conditions in this high school - for one thing, high CO2 is not good for anyone (SMH) Typical report issued as described in our Premium Content article District Testing.
To visit an informative parent and community website about the problem of poor indoor air quality at Corona del Sol, click below:
www.coronacleanair.org (Tempe, AZ) (4/08) (This parent group is 150 strong and successfully working systematically to steer their school district into allowing a third party to test and oversee remediation or rebuilding efforts)
Mold found in 5 locations at Corona High
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by Dianna M. Náñez - Jul. 8, 2008 02:53 PM
The Arizona Republic
More molds have been found at Corona del Sol High School.
Environmental testing of carpets being removed and of adjacent walls detail 2- to 3-square-inch spots of mold found at five locations on campus, according to a memo from Corona plant operations director Bob Anderson.
The July 2 memo is posted on the district's Web site, www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/. According to the memo, the mold has been cleaned up. But the memo does not state the types of mold or where they were found. About two years ago, toxigenic molds were found and removed at Corona.
The Tempe-Chandler Parent Teacher Students Association sent an e-mail Tuesday that included a copy of the memo to its listserv of hundreds of Corona parents and teachers.
Parent Mary Wolf-Francis said district officials have stated time and again there is no mold at Corona. But these findings, she said, contradict that.
"The superintendent . . . needs to address that and own up to the fact that they may not know everything about that building that they need to know," she said. "They should be diligent . . . before letting people back in the building."
Wolf-Francis said this latest memo was difficult to find on the district Web site. She said she thought the district should have notified parents of the latest findings, particularly because some parents are still trying to decide whether they will still send their children to Corona."Even somebody looking for it is going to have a hard time finding it. We have parents dedicating their lives to reading that site -- that's how we found it," she said.
The district has maintained that it is being as open as it can with parents. Linda Littell, a district spokeswoman, said the district is posting all documents and reports about environmental testing and construction at Corona on the Web site in a timely manner.
As of Tuesday, the full environmental report detailing the types of mold found at Corona was not posted on the site.
Littell said that Anderson was notified verbally of the mold that Health Effects Group, an environmental consultant, found. She said Anderson is awaiting the hard copy of the report.
"The testing report will be posted as soon as he gets it back from the consultant. (Anderson) said it would be within the next two weeks," she said.
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More mold found at Tempe's Corona High
More mold has been found at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe.
Reports on environmental testing of carpets being removed and of adjacent walls detail 2- to 3-square-inch spots of mold found at five locations on campus, according to a memorandum from Corona High plant-operations director Bob Anderson.
According to the memo, the mold has been cleaned up. But the memo does not state the types of mold or where it was found. About two years ago, toxigenic molds were found and removed at Corona High.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the full environmental report detailing the mold found at Corona High was not posted on the district's Web site, www .tuhsd.k12.az.us/.
District spokeswoman Linda Littell said that Anderson was awaiting the hard copy and expected to get it and have it posted "within the next two weeks."