Maynard School to Pay $40,000 Fine After Mold, Asbestos Discovery in Kindergarten Class - NBC10 Boston

Maynard School to Pay $40,000 Fine After Mold, Asbestos Discovery in Kindergarten Class

Asbestos and mold were discovered in the kindergarten wing of Green Meadow Elementary School earlier this month

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    School Fined Over Mold and Asbestos

    Serious concerns raised about mold and asbestos found at a school in Maynard have prompted a fine from Massachusetts officials.

    (Published Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019)

    Following the discovery of asbestos and mold in a Maynard kindergarten class, the school's district has been ordered to pay a hefty fine of more than $40,000 by Massachusetts officials.

    The kindergarten wing of Green Meadow Elementary School was temporarily closed earlier this month after asbestos and mold were found in the ceiling. The health of the kindergarten students affected by the dangerous discovery was enough to warrant a fine of $42,500 from the state’s Department of Labor Services.

    "Just knowing that my son was there, I don’t know the harm it might have done within that year," said Jonathan Shulman, whose son attended a kindergarten class at Green Meadow. "It’s upsetting."

    Parents have expressed disappointment with the school committee, who they feel let the problem fester too long. However, school officials said student safety is their top priority.

    School Responds to Mold Complaints

    [NECN] School Responds to Mold Complaints

    Concerned parents and teachers gathered in Maynard to call for answers about mold and asbestos found inside a school.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019)

    "The absolute most important element of this is the health and wellbeing of the children in that school," Mike Walden, president of the Maynard Education Association, said. "I’m glad that the problem is actually, finally being resolved."

    Myles Clancy, a parent whose child attends the school, thinks the superintendent should resign.

    "I didn’t hear any kind of answers that I felt like he’s somebody who’s really thinking about really beyond this sort of crisis," he said. "I just sort of hear someone who’s kind of in the moment."

    The Maynard Department of Public Works is also being fined $20,000 for the asbestos and mold. Both the department and school district are to make the payment by March 8.

    The Maynard school committee says it is doing what it can to improve the school’s condition.


    Get the latest from NBC Boston anywhere, anytime:

    App

    Download our FREE app for iPhone, iPad and Android. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and sign up for our e-mail newsletters.