Starke Elementary Reopens After Mold Problem
GAINESVILLE - It was the second first day of school for some kids in Bradford County, as Starke Elementary reopened its doors Tuesday.
In August, kids had only been in school for a few days when test results showed a mold problem in the school was so bad they had to close the school and fix the problem.
All the carpet has been torn out and a new air conditioner system and new insulation has been put in.
The Bradford County superintendent says they are on course to meet their target budget of $2 million.
Part of that money will come from savings and the other half from a loan they will pay back gradually.
Chad Farnsworth, superintendent, Bradford County Schools: "anytime you deal with a project of this magnitude you worry about cost - we're dealing with taxpayer dollars and we need to make sure we deal with them really responsibly. But to continue to let a school sit in a condition thats unacceptable that's something to me you can't put a price tag on."
One veteran teacher we spoke with says humidity had always been a problem in the school and it wasn't until Farnsworth stepped in that anything was done about it.
Parents and kids were say they are happy to be back at their school.
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