Eastern York middle school to re-open Monday after mold remediation

Eastern York School District's new superintendent, Joe Mancuso, looks at a mapping assignment with Wrightsville Elementary fourth-graders Myla Perez, left, and Morgan Enedy at the school Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Bill Kalina photo

After a weekslong mold-remediation process, Eastern York Middle School is finally ready to welcome its students for the 2018-19 school year.

Parents, students and staff were notified Monday, Oct. 1, that school was scheduled to open the following Monday, Oct. 8, wrote Lindsay Good, secretary to the superintendent, in an email Tuesday.

School board member Todd Lentz reported clean air samples at the Sept. 20 monthly meeting and said costs were still being determined. As of Monday, there was no update to the cost of remediation. 

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Lentz also reported some mold had been found at Kreutz Creek Elementary School, which had also been cleared. 

Transportation schedules that were formerly impacted will return to their original times, meaning secondary bus pick-up times will move 15 minutes later and middle school students will dropped off at the school directly, Good wrote.

Background: Superintendent Joseph Mancuso III sent a letter to families of middle school students on Aug. 17, informing them the first day of school at the building would be delayed pending a cleanup of mold found on the lower level.

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He estimated it could take three to six weeks — putting Monday's opening just a week past the original estimation.

Meanwhile, students were accommodated in two of the district's elementary schools —Wrightsville and Canadochly — as well as at the high school, beginning Aug. 27.

A student representative reported at the Sept. 20 meeting that 200 students had been temporarily added to each of the elementary schools — and they were really tall, according to the kindergartners.

The influx created a lot of changes to daily operations, such as room assignments, scheduling, the cafeteria, transportation and morning announcements, but board members commended the administration for keeping things running smoothly.

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They reported receiving positive feedback from the community on effective communication during the process. 

"It's been a total team effort," Mancuso said. "This was a good test for everybody to see what we could accomplish under a little bit of pressure. ... We'll continue to work well as a team and make adjustments where necessary."