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Health inspectors, senator tour Sun Valley for mold

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Senator Tommy Tucker represents Union County. He says he's received over 100 letters asking him to investigate schools like Sun Valley High for water damage -- possibly leading to mold.

Today, Tucker toured Sun Valley with members of Union County Public Schools and health inspectors from both the local and state level.

"I've received numerous letter from constituents with concerns about that," Tucker said. "Some of it are from the parents who are upset about redistricting and also from parents who have children in the existing local schools and want them checked out.

"Union County [Public Schools] has been transparent with their facilities manager coming forward, we have the state here -- we're working together to make sure that the schools are environmentally safe and that they are conducive to a learning environment."

No word has been said as to when results from the testing will be available.

A report from the N.C. Department of Environmental Health and Natural Resources Division of Environmental Health in April 2013 cited Sun Valley as having "water damaged ceiling areas...in numerous areas." The report added that "mold is visible on wrap around pipes near HVAC units" in three rooms.

On Jan. 7, Sun Valley principal Dr. Shaun Poole sent a letter to the Union County Board of Education asking for assistance. In his letter, he stated that "roof leaks appear throughout the school in various locations and are unpredictable...they continue to be safety concerns and educational distractions for our students, faculty and staff."

Since then, the B.O.E. has accepted $9 million from Union County commissioners, solely, for roof repairs throughout schools. Sun Valley High, will be spending approximately $1 million of that on roofing.

UCPS says they will begin negotiations with contractors on April 25 and hope to finalize a deal with a specific contractor at the Board of Ed's May meeting.

UCPS hopes for the repairs to be completed before the beginning of next school year -- when one report suggests that 1,389 new students could potentially be coming into Sun Valley High as a result of redistricting.


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