• Parents meet with Cabarrus Co. school leaders over mold

    By: Tina Terry


    CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. - Tuesday night, parents concerned about mold at a Cabarrus County school met with district leaders.

    Staff members at Royal Oaks Elementary School said water leaked from the roof into the school at the beginning of this school year, creating mold in some places.

    They had to clean the mold from walls, removing ceiling panels, and clean the carpet in one classroom.

    Director of Facilities Management Len Witke said the school has dealt with leaks that lead to moisture and mold for years.

    "We have a health safety officer who will come in, identify the mold, send it off to the lab and check the air quality."

    He said the latest test had normal results, but one family at the school reached out to Channel 9. They said their son has asthma and mold is making him sick.

    "Every day he goes to school he has to come home and have asthma treatment and his inhaler," said Larry Holcomb.

    Other parents said they are happy that school leaders are staying on top of the problem, but they want district leaders to make repairs to stop the roof from leaking.

    "This school definitely deserves money to be upgraded," said Michelle Kessler.

    "With my son having asthma, mold is one of his major triggers that he is allergic to. It could be as simple as him breathing it and the next second he's laying on the floor," said Crissa Lemly.

    Leaders scheduled a community meeting to meet with parents and assured them that kids are safe.

    "Not to say mold won't happen again, but we'll address it when it does pop up," said Witke.

    He said the district has requested $11 million to make repairs to the roof at the school and others in the district. It is up to the county commission to decide whether they get that money.

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