Shelby County Schools Superintendent Randy Fuller wrote a letter to faculty, staff and parents of Montevallo Elementary School in response to the recent mold concerns.
In the letter, Fuller reports that in September, mold was found on a wall of a 5th grade classroom, at which time, school officials contacted an environmental consultant group to conduct air quality testing, as well as a professional cleaning service for mold remediation.
Following an investigation into the source of the mold problem, it was discovered that drainage issues outside the walls of the aforementioned classroom had been the cause. Following the discovery, 5th grade classes were moved to portable classrooms, where they currently remain, while they worked to correct the problem.
Fuller said the work should be completed in early January of 2013.
The superintendent also addressed the asbestos concerns in the letter. He said while there are areas of the school that have asbestos materials, the building meets all federal guidelines and regulations. An agent from the Environmental Protection Agency will visit the school next week to investigate the asbestos locations, and report findings to ensure compliance.
"We continue to maintain that Montevallo Elementary School is a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and parents." Fuller wrote at the end of his letter.