Mold Occupies Classrooms Before Kanawha Students

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mold has been found in at least 25 rooms of a West Virginia high school just two weeks before classes start.

News outlets report cleaning crews with Belfor Property Restoration began work Monday to remove mold at Kanawha County’s Capital High School. Belfor General Manager Robert Bonham says the list of affected rooms given to crews is mostly made of classrooms.

This isn’t the first time the school has struggled with mold. It closed for a week last September when air quality tests revealed elevated levels of mold and carbon dioxide. It was cleaned, but county schools officials said the mold returned after a humid, rainy summer. County schools spokeswoman Brianna Warner says the school needs a new roof and an updated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.